Sector maintains strength despite ongoing nationwide COVID-19 surge, street rates were up in November for many markets
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 17, 2020 – Confidence in self storage remains high as the sector demonstrates ongoing strong street rate performance despite COVID-19’s continued impact across the U.S., reports the latest Yardi® Matrix National Self Storage Monthly report.
National street rates for standard 10×10 non-climate-controlled (NON CC) units increased 1.7% last month compared to November 2019. While year-over-year street rates nationwide for 10×10 climate-controlled (CC) units did not increase, the flat performance reflects an improvement over the first nine months of 2020. From October to November, national street rates for 10×10 NON CC units also saw an increase of 0.9%, while nationwide rates for similar-size CC units remained unchanged.
Annual street rate performance was negative in only about 19% of the top markets tracked by Yardi Matrix for 10×10 NON CC units in November. Rates for this unit type were hit the hardest in Minneapolis, which saw a 3.5% decrease year-over-year.
Experts caution that despite several months of rosy reports, there still could be challenges ahead. “While self storage has established itself as a strong performer in difficult market conditions, it could face a tough slog ahead as another round of COVID-related lockdowns and restrictions emerges this winter,” states the report.
Nationwide, Yardi Matrix tracks a total of 2,136 self storage properties in various stages of development—comprising 590 under construction, 1,134 planned and 412 prospective properties. The national new-supply pipeline as a percent of existing inventory increased by a minor 0.1% month-over-month in November, and the share of existing properties in various stages of development accounts for 8.3% of existing inventory. Yardi Matrix also maintains operational profiles for 26,351 completed self storage facilities across the United States, bringing the total data set to 28,487.
Read all the highlights for self storage in the latest National Self Storage Monthly report.
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