Is the self-storage industry ready for blockchain technology? Texas-based Pinnacle Storage Properties is betting that it is. The owner-operator is both a founding partner and one of the first sponsors to commit to listing its assets on the Earn.re fundraising platform, which is set to debut later this fall. Like many growing companies, Pinnacle Storage…

Las Vegas-based Crystal View Capital is making a bigger move into the self-storage industry with its latest private equity fund, Crystal View Capital Fund II. The $35 million fund is focused exclusively on buying self-storage and manufactured home properties across the Western U.S. To date, 60 percent of its growing portfolio is comprised of self-storage…

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…