The valet-storage market in Chicago has gotten a little more crowded. A technology consultant and property developer in the Windy City have teamed up to start BinSwap, the latest pick-up-and-delivery storage firm to open in Chicago, joining companies such as Blue Crates, MakeSpace and Clutter in mining the emerging niche within the city’s storage industry….

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…

As this development cycle enters the later stages there are many instances of submarket trade areas where multiple new self-storage projects have been delivered within short-order of each other. Numerous developer clients that work nationally have raised the question of the impact of these deliveries to their leasing velocity and the timing to attain “economic…