Investment Real Estate, LLC Hires Erin Rogers as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

ErinRogersYork, PA – April 20, 2015   Investment Real Estate, LLC announces the hiring of Erin Rogers as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, John Gilliland. Mrs. Rogers will be responsible for the daily operations of the home office, personal and business travel arrangements for the executive suite, business travel arrangements for the sales staff, and event organization, registration and preparation. She will also be a key asset in completing special projects. In addition, Erin will assist with projects for the brokerage side of the business, including proposals, offering memorandums and feasibility studies.

ABOUT ERIN ROGERS

Erin possesses a strong sales and marketing background. For almost 10 years, she held positions and worked in management at an event planning company, National Conference Services, Inc, located in Columbia, MD. Her responsibilities included hiring, training and managing new talent. Erin was responsible for more than 33% of the overall company revenue from 2006-2009. Her team planned, sold and executed 150 one-day events in the United States, Germany, England, Italy, Korea and Japan annually. Erin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also a certified Life Coach and LesMills BodyCOMBAT™ Instructor.

When asked about her new position with Investment Real Estate, Erin said, “I am excited to work with an energetic and strong individual. The position offers a great opportunity to excel at my favorite activities: travel plans and event preparations. My past work experience has certainly prepared me to handle anything that comes through the doors at IRE.”

ABOUT INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE, LLC

Since our inception in 1998, Investment Real Estate, LLC has specialized solely in the self storage industry, including Brokerage, Construction, Management and Development. We travel thousands of miles each year, meeting and getting to know clients in the markets we serve, networking at various industry associations and functions, while developing our reputation as the go-to source for information in the self storage industry. We are the #1 Broker of Self Storage in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States. For more information, please visit http://www.irellc.com/.

CONTACT
To learn more, please contact:
Jess Dubbs
Director of Marketing
10 Bentzel Mill Road
York, PA 17404
P: 717-779-0804
F: 717-779-0815
E: jdubbs@irellc.com

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HFF closes $29.25 million sale of 3-property suburban Philadelphia self-storage portfolio

StorageWorks PortfolioPHILADELPHIA, PA – April 20, 2015 – HFF announced today that it has closed the $29.25 million sale of a three-property self-storage portfolio totaling 191,000 rentable square feet in suburban Philadelphia.

HFF marketed the portfolio on behalf of the seller, PFG Capital, LP. A partnership between Metro Self Storage and LaSalle Investment Management purchased the assets for $153 per rentable square foot.

The 89-percent occupied portfolio consists of Newtown Storage, StorageWORKs! Warminster and StorageWORKs! North Wales. Newtown Storage features 26,568 square feet throughout two two-story buildings and is located in Newtown, a suburb 30 miles northeast of Philadelphia. Set in a suburban location 28 miles north of Philadelphia, StorageWORKs! Warminster encompasses 89,210 rentable square feet with a mix of climate controlled and non-climate controlled units across its 15 buildings. Located on Sumneytown Pike in North Wales, 28 miles north of Philadelphia, eight single-story buildings comprise StorageWORKs! North Wales’s 75,120 square feet. The facility consists of both climate controlled and non-climate controlled units. Each of the three properties are equipped with multiple security surveillance cameras, have moving trucks for tenant use and offer moving and packing supplies and tenant insurance.

The HFF team representing the seller was led by managing director Richard Schontz, director Barbara Guffey and real estate analyst Matthew Weckesser.

“The aggressive pricing of this portfolio was dictated by the strong fundamentals of the self-storage industry combined with the abundance of institutional equity chasing quality self-storage properties,” Schontz said. “The seller recognized the timing of the market and moved forward with an aggressive marketing campaign. The buyer pool for a portfolio of this size is extremely deep, and, ultimately, Metro Self Storage offered the best price and terms and demonstrated the ability to close. The portfolio adds to their scale in the Philadelphia market and makes economic sense given their capital structure.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Metro Self Storage to acquire the StorageWORKS! Portfolio,” said Jim Garvey, managing director for LaSalle. “We believe there will be significant opportunities, over time, to capitalize on the strengths of these well-positioned properties.”

About PFG Capital, LP
PFG Capital, LP is a partnership of individuals with decades of real estate, insurance, finance, accounting and entrepreneurial experience. Its history of real estate and business investment, development, and syndication dates back over 20 years to the mid-1980s. Learn more at www.pfgcapital.com.

About Metro Self Storage®
Metro Self Storage® (Metro), a leader in the self storage industry, has been in the business of self storage since 1973. They built and operated the first self storage location in the state of Illinois. From this beginning, the Metro brand has grown to be one of the most consistently respected and recognized in the industry, gaining a reputation for value and excellent customer service. Metro’s dedication to quality has led to more than 35 years of success. For more information, visit www.metrostorage.com.

About LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management (LaSalle) is one of the world’s leading real estate investment managers with approximately $55 billion of assets under management (as of Q4 2014) of private and public real estate property and debt investments. LaSalle’s diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, corporations, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. Managing capital for institutions and private investors all over the world, LaSalle sponsors a complete range of investment vehicles including separate accounts, open- and closed-end funds, public securities and entity-level investments. LaSalle is an independent subsidiary of JLL (NYSE: JLL), one of the world’s largest real estate companies. For more information, please visit www.lasalle.com.

About HFF
HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.) and HFFS (HFF Securities L.P.) are owned by HFF, Inc. (NYSE: HF). HFF operates out of 22 offices nationwide and is a leading provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to the U.S. commercial real estate industry. HFF together with its affiliate HFFS offer clients a fully integrated national capital markets platform including debt placement, investment sales, equity placement, advisory services, loan sales and commercial loan servicing. For more information please visit hfflp.com or follow HFF on Twitter @HFF.

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Extraordinary Storage Property to Be Built on FM 2978 in The Woodlands, TX Opening 2016

Amazing_Spaces_New_Store_2016The Woodlands, TX – April 16th, 2015 | Houston’s premier storage provider, Amazing Spaces® Storage Centers has confirmed construction plans on its 5th property, located on FM 2978 and Research Forest Drive in The Woodlands. The approximately 103,000 square foot upscale storage property will feature secure storage solutions with premium amenities for discriminating individuals and businesses. The property has a planned opening date of March 2016. In addition to this exciting news, a 6th Amazing Spaces property, with an approximate square footage of 98,000, is also in development and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. This similarly exquisite property will be located 0.8 miles from the new Exxon campus, just south of The Woodlands.

Locally owned and operated, all Amazing Spaces Storage Centers are created with the customer in mind. These award-winning storage properties are built with a strong emphasis on security, convenience, and excellence.

The new property will continue with the Amazing Spaces’ tradition of distinction by offering the following amenities: individually monitored alarms on every unit, digital cameras record day and night, covered drive-thru unloading/loading zones, easy-to-navigate hallways, individually ventilated climate controlled units, complementary conference room with Wi-Fi, exceptional wine storage, and a stunning retail center, complete with every type of moving box and product imaginable. This impeccable property will be built in accordance with green-friendly building standards and will provide environmentally sustainable recycling solutions to The Woodlands’ neighborhood upon its construction, by serving as an official Green Spot Drop Off.

Amazing Spaces has been a leading provider of high-quality storage solutions for residents of Houston and surrounding localities since 1998. Amazing Spaces is ranked in the top 100 National Operators and is the elite choice in storage for neighborhoods throughout Houston. The award winning storage properties offer contemporary solutions for self-storage, wine storage, RV and boat storage, packing and moving supplies, and more. Find out more Grand Opening details or rent a space online at www.AmazingSpaces.net.

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Use Digital Marketing to Compete in Today’s Online Market

Storage facilities in your city, state, and around the country are all trying to position themselves online to be found by consumers, which means more competition for your storage operation. Fortunately, digital marketing strategies like content marketing and search engine optimization can help you stand out among your competitors to grab the attention (and possible business) of consumers looking for storage. Let’s take a closer look at these strategies.
Invest in Content Marketing

One of the more effective ways to get consumers to notice your website is to create content on your website.
For starters, write informative content for the pages of your website that describe your business, products, and services. This is the content that consumers will most likely visit when they first land on your website, as they’ll want to learn more about who you are and what you do. Include information like the different unit sizes you offer and what items they can hold, what moving supplies you have for new tenants, how storage leases work, etc.
From there, you might consider adding a blog to your website, where you can post regularly about the self storage industry, advice for storage tenants, and so on. Just be sure that your blog posts do these three things:
• Answer Consumer Questions: Since consumers online are often looking for answers to questions they have, creating content around common storage questions may bring more storage consumers to your site. Not to mention, the more you answer their questions, the more they’ll begin to see you as a go-to expert.
• Stay Relevant to Storage: If the content you’re writing isn’t relevant to the self storage industry, there’s a chance consumers will stop coming to your website for information.
• Add to the Conversation: A big aspect of being found online has to do with adding value to the conversation online. That means your content should be at the forefront of discussing new ideas rather than taking old ideas and rehashing them week after week.

Invest in Search Engine Optimization

An important aspect of making your website more visible is investing in search engine optimization (SEO). Through SEO, you can give your storage facility website a better chance at being found more often in search engine results. There are some general rules you need to abide by, however, to get the most out of SEO:
• Play Nice with Google: Google is the leading search engine used by consumers today. Because of this, businesses online need to follow Google’s rules in order to make their way up search engine results without penalties. Avoid black-hat SEO techniques like buying and selling links, hidden content, duplicate content, and link farming.
• Value What Goes on Your Website: Make sure everything you put on your website adds value for site visitors, as search engines want to give their users the best results. Whether it’s the content you create or the way you structure your navigation, each piece of your website plays a role in helping your website be seen as valuable.

Effectively competing for the attention of consumers online doesn’t have to be difficult. By taking the time to assess your online needs, creating high-quality content, and utilizing search engine optimization, your storage facility will have the chance to get seen by more people online, including potential tenants.

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TEAM SMARTSTOP® PRO CYCLING INVITED TO RACE

With a Strong Roster that Includes Returning Champions Jure Kocjan, Eric Marcotte and

Travis McCabe, Team SmartStop is Shooting for a Stage Win in California

LADERA RANCH, Calif. – April 15, 2015 –Team SmartStop® Pro Cycling team is among  18 international teams and 11 top U.S. teams invited to race in the 10th annual Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race, which winds through 13 California cities from May 10 through May 17, 2015.

“We have a strong team this year, and we can’t wait to watch them compete in SmartStop’s home state,” said H. Michael Schwartz, chairman and CEO of SmartStop Self Storage, Inc. “Being invited to participate in this race with an unprecedented lineup of the world’s top cycling teams is an honor that proves the team’s continual growth.”

Team SmartStop’s 14-man roster for 2015 includes UCI America’s Tour Champion Jure Kocjan, USA National Champion Eric Marcotte, whose breakout championship win put the team on the map last year, and USA Cycling National Racing Calendar winner Travis McCabe. Canadian trio team captain Zach Bell, U23 Canadian Time Trial National Champion Kris Dahl and Rob Britton, who achieved top three general classification podium results in the 2014 Vuelta Independencia Nacional, Tour of the Gila and Tour de Beauce, are all returning to the team along with three newcomers: former Astana Pro Cycling European racer Evan Huffman, former 5 Hour Energy Team racer Bobby Sweeting and former Hincapie Sportswear Development Team racer Chris Butler, who finished in the top 15 on the mountainous Tour of Utah last year. The newest addition to the team is Juan Pablo Villegas from Columbia, who won the 2014 Vuelta Mexico UCI 2.1 stage race.

“We are excited to participate in California because this will bring the team to the pinnacle of competition in North America,” said team owner Jamie Bennett, a senior partner with Budget Development, a developer and manager of self-storage properties. “I really want to show SmartStop’s CEO H. Michael Schwartz, first hand, how his long -term support of this team has culminated with a good showing at this premier event. We’re going for a stage win in California after getting some racing under our legs in some early season competition in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.”

The eight-day Amgen Tour of California, a grueling race that covers nearly 700 miles of California’s most beautiful roadways, highways and coastlines, is one of professional cycling’s most coveted titles. Since its inception in 2006, the race has become one of the most important competitions on the international racing calendar, showcasing the most accomplished cyclists from around the world on American soil. The Tour de France-style cycling road race, created and presented by AEG, challenges teams to compete along a demanding course that begins in Sacramento and winds through Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Los Angeles and Pasadena. Top finishers receive important world-ranking points.                          

About SmartStop Self Storage, Inc. (formerly Strategic Storage Trust Inc.)

SmartStop Self Storage, Inc. (SmartStop®) is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed self storage company, which owns/operates 164 self storage properties in 20 states and Toronto, Canada. SmartStop® is a diversified real estate company that focuses on acquisition, advisory, asset management and property management services for self storage properties.  SmartStop® is the sponsor of Strategic Storage Trust II, a public non-traded REIT that focuses on stabilized self storage properties, and Strategic Storage Growth Trust, Inc., a public non-traded REIT that focuses on growth-oriented self storage properties. SmartStop® facilities offer affordable, accessible and secure storage units for residential and commercial customers. In addition, SmartStop® offers secure interior and exterior storage units as well as outside storage areas for vehicles, RVs and boats. SmartStop® was recently ranked the seventh largest owner/operator in the United States by Mini-Storage Messenger Magazine.

To view SmartStop®’s self storage locations or to find self storage solutions at a nearby storage facility, visit https://SmartStopSelfStorage.com.

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Storage Trust Launches IPO

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO—National Storage Affiliates Trust says it has begun an initial public offering of 20 million common shares of beneficial interest of the company to be sold on the New York Stock Exchange.

National Storage has set an initial public offering price range for the offering at between $15 and $17 per share. The company will grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 3 million shares.

The firm plans to use the proceeds of the offering to acquire 21 additional self-storage properties, to retire some debts, and as working capital. The shares have been approved for listing on the NYSE, subject to official notice of issuance, under the symbol NSA.

Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo Securities will act as joint book-running managers, KeyBanc Capital Markets will act as lead manager and Baird, RBC Capital Markets, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Capital One Securities will act as co-managers for the offering. The offering of these securities is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus can be obtained from:

  • Jefferies LLC, 520 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10022, Attention: Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, by calling (877) 547-6340 or by emailing Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com
  • Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department
  • Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10152, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, by calling (800) 326-5897 or emailing cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. National Storage Affiliates Trust is a Maryland-based real estate investment trust focused on the ownership, operation, and acquisition of self-storage properties located within the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas throughout the United States.

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17th Annual AZSA Conference & Trade Show – May 5 & 6, 2015

Don’t Miss Early Bird Registration Rates!

Early bird registration rates expire on Saturday, Apr. 18.

Register here!

Back to the Future: Using today’s technology  to achieve enduring business goals

 

The Line UP: 
Keynote Speaker: Kit Yarrow, Consumer Psychologist, helps you decode today’s consumer mind.
The Hat Lady: Anne Ballard, Universal Storage Group, cooks up a meaty session on the nitty gritty of operating a top notch self-storage business.
State of the Industry: Bill Hobin, President & CEO of The William Warren Group, shares insight on our industry Luncheon Special: Public head shaving of AZSA President Travis Morrow for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, emcee’d by Tim Kenny, Co-Founder of St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Aran Insurance Services Group, Owner of MiniCo. State of the Industry: Bill Hobin, President & CEO of The William Warren Group, shares insight on our industry

And More!!! 

  • Economist Jim Rounds, Elliott D. Pollack & Company
  • Financing with Neal Gussis, CCM Commercial Mortgage
  • Tradigital Marketing with PhoneSmart’s Tron Jordheim
  • Richard Marmor, Esq. on self-storage law
  • Roundtable Sessions
  • Over 70 Exhibiting Companies

Luncheon Special: Public head shaving of AZSA President Travis Morrow for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, emcee’d by Tim Kenny, Co-Founder of St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Aran Insurance Services Group, Owner of MiniCo.

 

 

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WORLD CLASS CAPITAL GROUP ACQUIRES PAIR OF SELF STORAGE PORTFOLIOS

World Class Capital Group continues to add to its national self-storage platform

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AUSTIN, Texas – World Class Capital Group has acquired two self-storage portfolios this week in New York and Illinois.

World Class Capital Group acquired the two-property Ace Storage portfolio in upstate New York from Prime Equities. The portfolio includes one facility in Hyde Park and one in Newburgh. World Class plans to expand the facilities to add additional units. The properties will be rebranded and managed by Great Value Storage, the firm’s wholly-owned storage management platform.

“We are pleased to have entered the New York market in our national self-storage expansion,” said Sheena Paul, chief operating officer at World Class Capital Group. “This strategic acquisition is the first of the firm’s large expansion effort throughout the state of New York.”

In a separate transaction, World Class Capital Group acquired the AAA Storage portfolio which consists of two properties in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois. The properties will be rebranded and managed by Great Value Storage.

“We will continue to acquire portfolios and single self-storage assets throughout the country. Additionally, we are expanding through ground-up development in select markets as well,” said Paul.

Great Value Storage was recently cited by industry leader Sparefoot as “One to Watch in 2015.” Great Value Storage is gaining national acclaim as one of the fastest growing self-storage companies in America. Great Value Storage’s portfolio now totals 50 facilities nationwide, with more than 25,000 self-storage units and more than 3.4 million square feet of storage space.

About Great Value Storage

Great Value Storage is a privately-owned self-storage operator that operates self-storage facilities throughout the United States. The company currently operates 50 self-storage facilities containing over 25,000 units and over 3.4 million square feet of storage space. Great Value Storage operates facilities in Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, Nevada, Missouri, New York, Illinois and Indiana. For more information, please visit www.greatvaluestorage.com.

About World Class Capital Group, LLC

World Class Capital Group is a leading national real estate investment firm focused on acquiring, developing, and managing high-quality real estate. World Class Capital Group targets opportunistic real estate investments across a broad range of asset types through single-asset and portfolio acquisitions. WCCG’s primary focus is the acquisition of complex or undervalued real estate assets in which there are opportunities to create value through repositioning, redevelopment or leveraging our exceptional asset and property management platforms to uncover underlying operational inefficiencies. The firm’s portfolio includes investments in office, retail, industrial, multifamily, self-storage and land.

World Class Capital Group is headquartered in Austin, Texas and also has office in New York City. For more information, please visit www.wccapitalgroup.com.

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NGKF Capital Markets Self Storage Group is Expanding

image003The Self-Storage group of NGKF Capital Markets, led by Aaron Swerdlin and Kenneth Cox, are expanding their team with the hire of Taucha Hogue as a senior financial analyst in the Houston, Texas office. She specializes in preparing investment portfolio offerings, financial analysis and modeling, market research, and property valuations for investments, divestments and proposed developments.

Prior to joining NGKF Capital Markets, Ms. Hogue managed a portfolio of real estate projects for Shell Oil Company, averaging 30-50 projects at any given time. In this capacity, she focused on surplus land divestments, lease acquisitions, small construction projects and easements throughout the United States and Latin America. Her experience on the client side enhances her ability to add value to transactions.

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National Storage Affiliates Trust Launches Initial Public Offering

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – (BUSINESS WIRE) –

National-Storage-AffiliatesNational Storage Affiliates Trust (the “Company”) today announced that it has commenced an initial public offering of 20,000,000 common shares of beneficial interest of the Company. The Company will grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,000,000 common shares. The Company has set an initial public offering price range for the offering at between $15.00 and $17.00 per share. The shares have been approved for listing on the New York Stock Exchange, subject to official notice of issuance, under the symbol “NSA.”

The Company intends to use the proceeds of the offering to acquire 21 additional self-storage properties, repay certain indebtedness and for general corporate and working capital purposes.

Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo Securities will act as joint book-running managers, KeyBanc Capital Markets will act as lead manager and Baird, RBC Capital Markets, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Capital One Securities will act as co-managers for the offering. The offering of these securities is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus can be obtained from:

Jefferies LLC, 520 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10022, Attention: Equity Syndicate Prospectus Department, by calling (877) 547-6340 or by emailing Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10152, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, by calling (800) 326-5897 or emailing cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time that the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About National Storage Affiliates Trust

National Storage Affiliates Trust is a Maryland real estate investment trust focused on the ownership, operation, and acquisition of self-storage properties located within the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas throughout the United States.

CONTACTS:

National Storage Affiliates Trust Investor/Media Relations

Tamara Fischer Chief Financial Officer 720.630.2600 tfischer@nsareit.net

or

Marti Dowling Director – Investor Relations 720.630.2624 mdowling@nsareit.net

 

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