CHICAGO — The continuing-care retirement community sector is starting to show signs of stabilization after suffering through two years of hardship, according to credit analysts.

Fitch Ratings, which released its 2010 median report on the sector this week, said CCRCs’ renewed ability to borrow after virtually being shut out of debt markets last year is among the strongest recovery indicators. The sector has taken a hit since 2008 due to declines in the investment market — one of its main revenue sources — and the national housing market collapse.

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