National Self-Storage Group
Marcus & Millichap’s National Self-Storage Group (NSSG) provides the industry’s most dynamic and effective national marketplace for the acquisition and disposition of self-storage properties. With self-storage specialists throughout the United States and Canada, NSSG is the self-storage leader, having closed more than $2 billion in the past five years.
2016 U.S. Self-Storage Investment Forecast
The U.S. economy once again demonstrated its rugged durability last year as it maintained forward traction amid a variety of headwinds. The harsh winter in the first quarter of 2015 restrained hiring, and weakening international economies joined China’s currency devaluation to send shock waves through Wall Street. Some headwinds, however, worked to the advantage of the self-storage sector. Dramatically lower oil prices boosted households’ discretionary income while the stronger dollar increased American purchasing power, and both placed downward pressure on inflation. These factors, together with steady job growth and modest wage gains, heightened self-storage demand.
The outlook for self-storage facilities in 2016 remains strong as broader economic momentum supports household formation and consumption — both positive demand drivers for these properties. The sector has also benefited from limited construction, but leading indicators point to additional development in the coming year. The favorable supply/demand balance tightened vacancy rates last year, and current forecasts point to a continuation of that trend, although the pace of contraction could ease. New hurdles undoubtedly await investors in 2016, but strengthening consumer balance sheets and still-positive economic momentum will favor self-storage performance.