Self-Storage REITs Smell Acquisition Opportunity in Newly-Built Facilities

As newly developed self-storage properties face a tougher lease-up environment, REITs see potential acquisition bargains.

Self-storage REITs are ready to swoop in on an enticing source of acquisitions.

As the self-storage industry continues to contend with a glut of supply in many major markets, some developers are nervous. Why? Because they’re wrestling with slower than anticipated lease-ups at new self-storage facilities.

“The pro formas for these developers aren’t necessarily meeting expectations. That’s a nationwide phenomenon now,” says Marc Boorstein, principal with Chicago-based MJ Partners, a commercial real estate firm whose specialties include self-storage.

For at least some of the five major publicly-traded self-storage REITs, this translates into possible opportunities to buy newly-constructed properties at bargain prices at a time when the REITs have been curtailing their in-house development activity.

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