HOUSTON-Though some real estate sectors are decaying with the current economic downturn, one bright spot is that of medical-related real estate. While the niche isn’t exactly bullet-proof right now, it is proving to be somewhat recession-proof.

Chris Barnet, managing director, principal with GVA Cawley’s HealthCare Real Estate Advisory Group in Dallas says there has been, in recent years, increasing medical care demand from patients. This is especially the case as baby boomers continue to age, live longer and require more health care.

As a result, Barnet continues, there are two reasons why medical real estate will likely weather the economy better than other product. “First, there’s an increasing demand for the product,” he says. “Second, health care deals typically have strong credit tenants behind them.”

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