Summer may be over, but the self-storage refinancing market remains hot. On Oct. 1, JLL Capital Markets said it secured a $87 million refinancing of a portfolio of 36 self-storage facilities on behalf of West Palm Beach, FL-based self-storage investment firm SROA Capital LLC. The five-year, interest-only 3.12 percent fixed-rate package came from several banks….

A newly created self-storage investment fund recently made its first two acquisitions and is hunting for more facilities to buy. VanWest Storage Fund I LLC, affiliated with Denver, CO-based real estate investment firm VanWest Partners, aims to purchase 10 to 12 facilities totaling roughly 400,000 net rentable square feet, said Jacob Vanderslice, founder and principal…

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Sylios Corp. has sought riches in oil and natural gas exploration and in the burgeoning cannabis industry. Now it sees riches in self-storage. A St. Petersburgh-based holding company run by a former hedge-fund operator, Sylios has announced that it’s currently developing the first of a handful of self-storage facilities in the southeastern region of the…

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…

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A major credit-rating agency has raised concerns about the self-storage industry’s mounting exposure to CMBS loans, but an executive who arranges financing for self-storage deals says there’s no need to ring the alarm. In a recent report, analysts with S&P Global Ratings said they now view self-storage exposure to CMBS “cautiously” because of the short-term…