VSI is intensely involved in the evaluation and analysis of retail markets, and we are keenly aware of the various nuances that exist. A comprehensive VSI retail market study considers all aspects of a given market. Within a specific market, we survey all shopping locations, their built/renovated dates, square footage, leasing and other associated costs, as well as overall design, including available parking and accessibility. We also assign a neighborhood rating and assess the general quality of each surveyed location. Further, VSI groups like retailers together into one of seven categories: Fashion, Home, Dining/Entertainment, Leisure, Convenience, General or Other. (When we determine that a retailer will be assigned to the Other category, VSI will always provide an explanation for this assignment.) A VSI retail market study also includes, but is not limited to, such other considerations as: area retail occupancy rates, average time occupied, rate of sales growth, customer draw, drive times and freestanding versus multi-tenant. Special neighborhoods, art districts, historic areas, waterfront properties, etc. are identified and given special consideration, as well. A thorough area population analysis is also completed. VSI determines population density per square mile; we provide an area renter to homeowner ratio and an area age and sex breakdown. Levels of education, occupations and incomes are likewise scrutinized.

Our studies provide a detailed look at the different options for seniors, including market-rate and affordable (subsidized) senior residential care. We not only address the basic components of supply and demand, but also focus specifically on concept, continuum of care issues and specific health care issues. On the demand side, we provide a detailed and exacting demand analysis that considers the latest demographic information and trends in senior living and health care.