Transwestern Commercial Services is expanding its healthcare team in Phoenix. Alongside tremendous local growth in the Arizona healthcare market, Transwestern has hired Kate Morris and Vince Femiano, who will serve as SVP in the firm’s Healthcare Advisory Services group in Phoenix. Morris and Femiano are recognized market leaders, and have been named NAIOP’s Healthcare Brokers of Year award for the last five years. The duo will focus on expanding their team and services in Phoenix.

“Transwestern is concentrating on healthcare. They have always had a pretty strong knowledge in this area and a lot of clients,” Morris tells, while Femiano adds, “It is putting a lot of resources into healthcare leadership nationally, adding more disciplines and brokers. There are more than 50 brokers that specialize in healthcare now.”

While the run-up in healthcare has been driven by population growth and demand for outpatient facilities close to population centers, the industry caught investor attention during the last downturn. “Healthcare hasn’t been a specialty for brokerage until the last 10 years,” says Morris. “Now, we see a lot of people specializing in it because the market has become more robust. The real estate world turned their eyes to it because they saw that in a recession, it is pretty bulletproof. The groups that move into spaces tend to stay there for 20 years so that they can keep customers and because hospital infrastructure is expensive to move. Those details make the asset class really attractive to an investor.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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