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Self Storage Fundamentals Remain Strong Heading Into 2021, Reports Yardi Matrix

Yardi Matrix National Self Storage Report January 2021

Street rate performance continued to improve significantly across the nation in December

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2021 – Self storage was a stable haven in 2020, as sector fundamentals continued to strengthen and stabilize compared to other commercial property asset types. Street rate performance continued to improve significantly across the nation in December, according to the newly released Yardi® Matrix National Self Storage Report.

National street rates for 10×10 non-climate-controlled (NON CC) units increased 3.5% in December on a year-over-year basis, and rates nationwide for 10×10 climate-controlled (CC) units grew by 2.3% year-over-year. While rates saw substantial growth on an annual basis, rates for both unit types remained flat month-over-month.

“In December, none of the top markets saw street rates for standard 10×10 NON CC units drop lower than -1.8% year-over-year—a notable feat, looking back at street rate performance over the last couple of years,” states the report.

While most of the top markets saw positive rate growth for 10×10 NON CC units year- over-year, only two top markets experienced negative rate growth on an annual basis. Compared to December 2019, Nashville saw street rates for 10×10 NON CC units fall 1.0%, while rates in Minneapolis for the same unit type dropped slightly further, down 1.8% year-over-year.

Development activity remained relatively stable nationally despite an increase in abandoned projects in the new-supply pipeline.

“The consistent rise in project abandonments may be a sign of a slowdown in storage development moving forward,” states Yardi Matrix. Further details about anticipated new supply can be found in the report.

On a national level, Yardi Matrix tracks a total of 2,131 self storage properties in various stages of development—comprising 592 under construction, 1,135 planned and 404 prospective properties. The national new-supply pipeline as a percent of existing inventory increased by a minor 0.1% month-over-month in December, and the share of existing projects in planning and construction stages accounts for 8.3% of existing inventory. Matrix also maintains operational profiles for 26,399 completed self storage facilities across the United States, bringing the total data set to 28,530.

View the latest National Self Storage Report for further insight.

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Jeff Adler

Jeffrey Adler is Vice President, of Yardi® Matrix, the data division of Yardi Systems.

Yardi® Matrix is a US multifamily, student, office, medical office/lab space, industrial, and self-storage asset information toolset for originating, underwriting, and asset managing commercial real estate investments, with over 800 clients worldwide. Yardi® Matrix provides investment strategy, market and institutional research reports leveraging the underlying property level detail of 135 markets, >92,000 multifamily properties and >18 MM units. Mr. Adler also leads Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News, two digital media websites.

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