After a two-year period of sluggish merger and acquisition activity in the seniors housing market, the industry started to show signs of rebounding in 2010. As the rest of the economy recovers, analysts are predicting a bullish market ahead for the next few years.

The number of acquisitions announced publically in the seniors housing market shot up over 50%, to a record 171 acquisitions in 2011, a new report published by Irving Levin Associates found. This volume of these transactions — those in 2011 exceed rates from 2006 and in 2007 — is significant because it reflects the capital allocated to the sector beyond rates of real estate investment trust transactions, the report says.

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