JLL Income Property Trust, an institutionally managed daily NAV REIT, is targeting Southern California medical office product. The strategy is a late cycle play to reduce risk, deliver stable income streams and protect stockholder value. In addition, the investor is under allocated in office properties. The firm’s recent acquisition of the Genesee Plaza, a two-building class-A medical office property in San Diego, is a cornerstone example of the strategy. JLL Income Property Trust recently acquired it for $90 million.

“The San Diego medical office market has a very low overall vacancy rate at approximately 7%. Genesee Plaza’s UTC submarket vacancy rate, at ~6%, is lower than the overall market,” Allan Swaringen, president and CEO of JLL Income Property Trust, tells “Vacancy rates should remain low going forward given Genesee’s proximity to four major hospitals, the UTC’s preferred status as a location for outpatient healthcare providers and the substantial barriers to entry in the submarket. The submarket area is also characterized by high household incomes and attractive age demographics for healthcare-focused businesses.”

JLL Income Property Trust isn’t the only investor ramping up its medical office activity. Medical office has become a popular investment class, and, as a result, highly competitive. This most recent acquisition was no exception. “There is always stiff competition for higher quality MOB’s in the San Diego market,” says Swaringen. “JLL Income Property Trust was awarded the property because we believe we were the strongest candidate given our expertise in medical office and familiarity with the San Diego market in particular.”

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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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