While institutions are dominating investment in larger metros, private investors are quietly fueling sales activity in smaller tertiary markets where pricing is more attractive and yields are higher. Smaller metros have always provided a strong foundation of transaction activity in the self-storage sector, and there continues to be a lot of sales velocity in these…

The record high levels of new supply delivered to the self-storage market last year don’t appear to be diminishing buyer appetite. According to Real Capital Analytics, transaction volume jumped to $6.16 billion last year. Even excluding a $1.3 billion entity level transaction, sales were up about 15 percent year-over-year. Development and how that supply is…

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The self-storage industry is still in the early adopter stage when it comes to rooftop solar. But that interest is growing along with a stronger financial case for adding the renewable energy source. Major REITs such as Extra Space Storage, CubeSmart and the non-traded Strategic Storage Trust, have all introduced rooftop solar within their portfolios….

Self-storage buyers hungry for yield have been chasing freshly developed “certificate of occupancy” deals where they can earn a higher return in exchange for taking on the lease-up risk—and none of the construction risk—of a newly built property. Buyers of C/O deals, as they are commonly called, are finding they can cash in with a…

Liberty Investment Properties recently announced that it has promoted Mark Poole from Regional Manager to Director of Operations for Self Storage Operations. Liberty specializes in the development and operation of high-performing, income producing, commercial real estate. Poole also serves as the current Chairman of the National Self Storage Association’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) and President…