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Self-Storage Midyear National Report

Mike Mele • 6/16/2020
Pre-COVID-19, the self-storage market was on an upward trajectory. Construction spending had slowed down, facilities were leasing up, and demand for self-storage product was strong.

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Since the pandemic began, rental activity is down, both with move-ins and move-outs. Some tenants will vacate units due to financial constraints over the next several months. As the economy opens back up, self-storage will bounce back as it did after the Great Recession of 2007/2009.

Self-storage had a tremendous amount of growth in recent years in terms of new construction and investor interest. As inventory increased, a growing number of first-time self-storage investors dove into this niche sector. Advantages of self-storage include increased household penetration, strong population growth in the U.S., and the sector’s resilience compared to other asset classes.

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