Ladera Ranch, CA-based Strategic Storage Trust IV Inc. purchased a 3,500-unit portfolio of four newly built Extra Space Storage-branded facilities in three East Coast states. The seller wasn’t identified. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. The portfolio covers about 326,000 square feet on 14.6 acres. The facilities now operate under the SmartStop Self Storage brand. The…

With a new partner on the team, Columbia, SC-based Taylor/Theus Holdings Inc. aims to grow its self-storage portfolio to 40 to 50 facilities within the next three to five years through ground-up developments and acquisitions. Steve Moffat recently joined Taylor/Theus as its third partner after serving as director of real estate at Extra Space Storage….

Google’s grip on the marketing budgets of publicly traded self-storage REITs is tightening. During their third-quarter earnings calls, executives at the REITs collectively bemoaned the rise — in some cases a sharp rise — in their marketing expenses. Glendale, CA-based Public Storage reported the steepest climb about the REITs: Same-store marketing costs skyrocketed 69.5 percent…

With a flood of private equity producing a “tough acquisition environment,” Chairman and CEO Arlen Nordhagen says self-storage REIT National Storage Affiliates Trust is bypassing deals that it considers too pricey. The influx of private investments into the self-storage sector has spurred historically low cap rates, Nordhagen explained on the REIT’s Oct. 31 earnings call….

As it continues to achieve cost savings from its Rent Now self-service rental platform and other measures, self-storage REIT Life Storage predicts a 1.25 percent and 2.25 percent upswing in same-store revenue next year. During its third-quarter earnings call Oct. 31, Life Storage leapfrogged its rivals by being the first publicly traded storage REIT to…

A partnership between Houston, TX-based commercial real estate investor, developer and manager Hines LP and Vancouver, Canada-based commercial real estate investor and lender Trez Capital has entered the self-storage business with the purchase of a storage facility in Plano, TX. The seller wasn’t identified. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. The CubeSmart-branded facility, at 525 N…