Archive for June, 2015


Five Commercial Real Estate Market Trends You Can Bank On

The inevitable end of the bull market: With this bull market in commercial real estate now five years old (six for public real estate securities), isn’t it time to be cautious? The bull market’s duration does not, by itself, indicate how long it may last. Only a huge unexpected economic downturn or dramatically rising interest rates […]

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Extra Space strikes $1.4 billion deal to buy SmartStop Storage

In one of the largest acquisitions ever in the U.S. self-storage industry, Extra Space Storage will scoop up Smart Stop Self Storage in a deal valued at $1.4 billion. The deal, announced June 15, would give Salt Lake City, UT-based Extra Space ownership of 121 SmartStop facilities, as well as management of 43 facilities owned […]

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Here’s how much you need to make in each US state to rent a 2-bedroom apartment

Yes, the American economy is improving, and yes, we are creating more jobs. But the hourly wages for a lot of these jobs are stagnant at best. According to the Pew Research Center, 30% of America’s workforce earns a near-minimum-wage salary— that’s almost 21 million people. As a cruel paradox, rents across the country keep […]

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Leon Capital earmarks $200 million for self-storage

Dallas, TX-based real estate equity firm Leon Capital Group has committed $200 million for buying and developing self-storage facilities. The company recently completed its first self-storage acquisition, a 68,000-square-foot facility in Liberty Hill, TX, an Austin suburb. Leon Capital bought the facility in a joint venture with Move It Management, also based in Dallas. Move […]

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