Amazing Spaces® Storage Centers and Local Community raise $5,000 to Support Shriners Hospital

Capture111111(The Woodlands, TX) –Amazing Spaces Storage Centers brought its annual challenge to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children to the communities of Spring, Houston, and The Woodlands Texas. The goal of this year’s fundraising endeavor? To show how easily an individual can make a difference in a child’s life. Since 2001, the Texas Self Storage Association has raised money for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston in a fundraising campaign called “Starfish: Make a Difference”. Local self-storage company, Amazing Spaces Storage Centers, has participated in this fundraising event for seven years. Over $600,000 has been raised for the Shriners Hospital for Children since the campaign’s inauguration. Amazing Spaces takes pride in supporting this worthy event and is the only self-storage company based in Houston to contribute again this year.

From September 1st to October 31st, 2015, customers, friends, families and professional associates were asked to donate to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston. By the end of the six week campaign, Amazing Spaces self-storage properties’ were able to raise $1,659.00. To show appreciation to communities for their contributions, Amazing Spaces corporate team more than matched the total amount donated, bringing the 2015 fundraising total to $5,000.

“The Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston has been making a positive impact on the children in our area since 1960. We are thrilled to be able to support such an important cause,” said Kathy Tautenhahn, Vice President of Amazing Spaces. Amazing Spaces has fundraised for this worthy charity for over ten years, donating over $47,000 in total.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

Amazing Spaces is the Houston area’s premier provider of self-storage services. The awe-inspiring atmosphere, award-winning storage properties, and superior customer service outline the Amazing Difference in service of this local business.
For additional information about Amazing Spaces’ services or to find a location near you, contact Kelsey Rayphole or visit

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@## Ladera Sports Center Topping Out Photo #2LADERA RANCH, Calif. – Nov. 13, 2015 – An enormous construction crane groaned as it hoisted the final steel beam to the top of a $35 million solar-powered multiuse facility in Ladera Ranch, Calif., yesterday at what is called a “topping out” ceremony.

Applause swept through the crowd of onlookers who gathered to celebrate the milestone event for the facility, which is expected to open by summer 2016. The 700 lb. beam is covered with signatures, including those from young athletes who will have a new team home at the complex’s Ladera Sports Center.

“This facility will be the Staple Center for the training of young volleyball and basketball athletes. This is a place where athletes are going to train Monday through Friday to hone their athletic skills. In addition, on weekends we’re going to have some of the most competitive basketball and volleyball tournaments in the country,” said H. Michael Schwartz, CEO and chairman of SmartStop Asset Management, who designed, financed and is developing the facility. “Ladera Ranch is perfectly suited for those types of tournaments due to its proximity to San Diego, Los Angeles and, in addition, the beach.”

The approximately 120,000-square-foot complex, located at 2 Terrace Road In Ladera Ranch, Calif., will include a 63,400-square-foot gymnasium—which will be open to the public—with eight full-sized basketball/volleyball courts, student study rooms, a 3,380-square-foot strength and conditioning space as well as gym offices. In addition, the facility will house a 42,000-square-foot storage facility with approximately 230 units operated by ExtraSpace Storage; a private fitness center; and more than 15,000+ square feet of office space for SmartStop Asset Management expanding headquarters.

Athletic leagues and clubs in South Orange County are especially excited about the sports center, which will allow teams to hold all practices, games and tournaments under one roof. Five different organizations already have signed long-term agreements to rent the facility, claiming almost 80 percent of the weekday capacity.

“I’ve been in basketball community in South Orange County for a while, and there is just no space for anyone to play basketball here,” said Ladera Sports Center CEO Steve Williams, who will manage day-to-day activities at the center, including team planning and rentals. “Our goal was to try to build our own facility that incorporated the best of all worlds. So we looked around the country at all different kinds of facilities and put all the good into one facility. So the kids will have uninterrupted practices, be on the same court every day all year round. This sports center is going to be a great service to the community.”

Organizations committed to using the facility include: Team Nikos Basketball Academy, Ladera Ranch National Junior Basketball, Little Rookies Youth Sports, San Clemente Volleyball Club, and Ladera Ranch Strength and Conditioning.

The new gymnasium will have air conditioning and noise decibel reduction systems, superior wood flooring to absorb high impacts and ceiling-mounted basketball hoops and volleyball nets. Live webcast-enabled cameras on each court will allow parents and sports team scouts to watch games or practices remotely or buy recorded DVDs. The gym also will offer a café with healthy food and snacks.

“The technology we are installing here is something you are not going to see in any youth sports facility anywhere else in California or maybe the entire country,” Schwartz said. “If I’m traveling, I’m going to be able to watch my kid play ball whether I’m in D.C. or Russia, anywhere in the world, on my iPad or iPhone.”

Located close to the 241 Toll Road and I-5 freeway near Crown Valley Parkway, the facility will have approximately 300 parking spaces under and around the building with active security cameras and a number of electrical vehicle charging stations. The gym area will be available for club team practices, youth and adult leagues and tournaments, youth camps and clinics as well as charity and community events.

SmartStop Asset Management is currently seeking sponsors for the Ladera Sports Center from national brands and local businesses. Opportunities include naming rights, court branding, gymnasium signage and online promotions. In addition, Ladera Sports Center is now accepting reservations for weekend tournaments and week day rentals. For more information, please call 714-202-6661 or e-mail

About Ladera Sports Center
Ladera Sports Center is a multi-sport facility, founded in 2015, dedicated to providing top-class indoor programs and events. The goal of the Ladera Sports Center is to enhance experiences by partnering with customers to facilitate sporting events, programs and rentals. Ladera Sports Center enhances young athletes’ and parents’ experiences and promotes healthy lifestyles for both youth and adults. The state-of-the-art facility offers TV monitors so spectators can view live games from different angles, video recording during games and practices, and live webcasts that stream games across the Internet. Learn more at

About SmartStop Asset Management, LLC
SmartStop Asset Management, LLC is a diversified real estate company with a managed portfolio that currently includes approximately 30,000 self storage units and approximately 3.3 million rentable square feet. The company manages 49 self storage facilities located throughout the United States and Canada. SmartStop Asset Management is the sponsor of Strategic Storage Trust II, Inc. (SST II), a public non-traded REIT that focuses on stabilized self storage properties, and Strategic Storage Growth Trust, Inc. (SSGT), a public non-traded REIT that focuses on the acquisition, development, redevelopment and lease-up of self storage properties. The facilities offer affordable and accessible storage units for residential and commercial customers. In addition, they offer secure interior and exterior storage units as well as outside storage areas for vehicles, RVs and boats. Additional information is available at

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Self Storage Building Manufacturer BETCO, Inc. Launches New Website

STATESVILLE, NC — BETCO, Inc., a single source self storage building manufacturer based in Statesville, NC, has announced that it recently went live with a newly redesigned, mobile responsive website located at

“BETCO’s new website is designed to educate those interested in starting or expanding a successful self storage business, and features detailed information about our products and services” John Barnard, Inside Sales Manager, BETCO, Inc., explained. “As a single-source self storage building manufacturer, BETCO offers the experience and a diversity of building styles to fit any need.”

The site provides detailed information, benefits and photos of each of BETCO’s self storage building series, product lines, system and building structural components, and the warranties that protect them. Through the site, BETCO also provides valuable tips and helpful information about how to succeed in the self storage business, covering everything from investing and financing to refurbishing and expanding existing facilities.

Those interested in the self storage business can also contact BETCO for more information, request a quote, and order valuable resources including free product catalogs, DVDs, a business starter kit and a competition evaluation form to help them get started in the self storage business. On-site features including a blog, upcoming BETCO seminars and a recent news archive to help keep visitors connected to the latest news, events and helpful information about BETCO, it’s expert staff and the self storage industry.

BETCO, Inc., has constructed more than 60 million square feet of storage buildings since it’s founding in 1984. BETCO has grown to become a premier single-source self storage building manufacturer, providing everything a self storage facility owner needs, including a full array of self storage products and services, engineering, building design, construction crews, and shipping.

Call 1-800-654-7813 or visit the new, mobile-friendly website at to find a BETCO sales representative near you.

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Storage Asset Management, Inc. Donation to Susan G. Komen

@@ October flyer Storage Asset ManagementStorage Asset Management, Inc. (SAM) is pleased to announce that their managed facilities donated $1,055 to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Storage Asset Management has also matched the donation bringing the total to $2,110.   The money was raised through an initiative at all of SAM’s manages stores.  Every time an item from a facility’s packing and moving supplies selection was purchased, a portion of the sale was donated to Susan G. Komen.  During the month of October, SAM’s 48 managed properties participated in this initiative.

Susan G. Komen foundation focuses on breast cancer education, research, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S.

“We are so grateful to our property managers for their work in promoting this initiative again this year. We are proud to make this donation to such a great foundation,” said Alyssa Quill, Storage Asset Management’s Managing Partner.

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Big Yellow Group plc Given Consensus Rating of “Buy” by Analysts

Shares of Big Yellow Group plc (LON:BYG) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the eleven analysts that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 751.67 ($11.60).

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Numis Securities Ltd reiterated an “add” rating and issued a GBX 747 ($11.53) price objective on shares of Big Yellow Group plc in a research note on Wednesday, July 15th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 703 ($10.85) target price on shares of Big Yellow Group plc in a research report on Thursday, July 16th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 642 ($9.91) price target on shares of Big Yellow Group plc in a report on Monday, July 20th. Kempen & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a GBX 760 ($11.73) price objective on shares of Big Yellow Group plc in a research note on Monday, August 17th. Finally, Morgan Stanley increased their target price on shares of Big Yellow Group plc from GBX 790 ($12.19) to GBX 840 ($12.96) and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, August 24th.

Big Yellow Group plc (LON:BYG) traded up 1.17% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching GBX 735.50. The company had a trading volume of 92,372 shares. The stock’s market capitalization is GBX 1.14 billion. Big Yellow Group plc has a one year low of GBX 525.00 and a one year high of GBX 760.50. The company’s 50-day moving average is GBX 717.33 and its 200-day moving average is GBX 680.83.

Big Yellow Group PLC (LON:BYG) is a United Kingdom-based firm engaged in the provision of self- storage and related services. Big Yellow manages from a stage of approximately 84 stores. The Company has a portfolio of around 73 Big Yellow stores and site, of which approximately 70 are open. Moreover, the Company operates from 14 Armadillo Self Storage centers, which are situated in northern cities. The Business’s shop has 60,000 square feet of net lettable storage area. In its portfolio is 67 square feet, the average room size inhabited. Of the 84 absolute shops and sites, 96% of the Big Yellow stores and websites are held freehold and leasehold, with remaining 4% short leasehold. The Business ‘s subsidiary companies comprise BYRCo Limited, Big Yellow Self Storage Company A Limited, Big Yellow Self Storage Company 8 Limited, BYSSCo Limited, Big Yellow Self Storage Company Limited and Big Yellow Construction Company Limited, amongst others.

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Athena Snaps Up Self-Storage in Florida

Athena Real Estate, through affiliates, has expanded its self-storage platform with the acquisition of two facilities in Florida.

Out O’ Space Storage in Dade City, Fla.

Palm Bay Self Storage is a 27,300-square-foot property located in Palm Bay, Fla., south of Melbourne in Brevard County. Easy–Stor Self-Storage is a 52,250-square-foot property located in Dade City, Fla., which is situated northeast of Tampa in Pasco County.

Athena Real Estate is planning to rebrand the properties as Out O’ Space Storage, to be consistent with its four other Athena affiliate self-storage facilities. In addition to household and commercial storage, the properties feature outside areas that are dedicated to parking of vehicles including RV’s.

“We are pleased to acquire these two properties, which are value-added opportunities with upside in occupancy. We are confident in our ability to improve the current occupancy at both locations through revenue enhancing capital and increased marketing efforts,” Richard O’Brien, CEO & founder of Athena Real Estate, said in prepared remarks.

O’Brien added that the company will continue to expand in Florida and is planning to grow its platform across the East Coast of the United States.

Athena Real Estate currently owns six self-storage facilities, and is striving to build greater scale. “We are seeking to acquire self-storage facilities of 40,000 to 80,000 square feet in strong locations with a mix of climate and non-climate controlled spaces,” O’Brien added.

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New York City based Andover Properties closes on approx. 42,200 SF “Lake Mariam Storage” in Winter Haven, FL

Andover Properties, LLC (dba Storage King USA) has recently acquired Lake Mariam Storage – a 42,200 SF Self Storage facility in Winter Haven, FL. Andover closed on the transaction on October 26, 2015.

The property is situated on nearly 23 acres, is located at 2100 Dundee Road, Winter Haven, FL 33883 and features 230 self-storage rooms, in addition to parking. Andover plans on expanding the facility by approximately 25,000 square feet. Property amenities include perimeter fencing, gated access, and 24 hour video surveillance. The property will be integrated into the Storage King USA portfolio, joining the 18 already existing properties it owns and operates.
New York City-based Andover owns and operates a total of 19 self-storage facilities in New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Tennessee under its trade name Storage King USA (

About Andover Properties, LLC
Andover Properties, LLC, is an investor, owner, operator and developer of real estate throughout the United States, based in Manhattan, New York. The firm focuses on the acquisition, development and management of industrial, retail and self-storage facilities primarily in the North and South East. Andover is a leading sponsor in this area with expertise in all aspects related to these product types including acquisitions, asset management, leasing, property management, development and dispositions. Its investors and partners include global institutional real estate private equity funds and high net worth individuals.

Since inception in 2003, Andover Properties, LLC has owned self-storage assets valued over $175 million, totaling over 2.1 million rentable square feet and over 18,000 units. Currently the firm owns and manages 19 self-storage facilities in 6 states totaling nearly 1.4 million rentable square feet and 11,000 units. Andover Properties, LLC manages and operates its facilities under the brand Storage King USA Self-Storage (

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New Innovative Process Saves Borrowers Time & Money for Non-Recourse Financing

CHICAGO – Aries Capital is pleased to announce the launch of LendingCap Commercial, a new, automated mortgage banking platform specializing in non-recourse, permanent and bridge loans from $3 million to $75 million for hotel, multifamily, self storage, retail and other commercial properties nationwide. LendingCap innovates how non-recourse commercial loans are originated, using online automation to reduce the loan processing time. This time and cost savings is shared with the borrower as credits at closing.

“After decades in the lending industry, we’ve developed an intimate knowledge of what borrowers need and want, and we’ve re-engineered the loan process to fulfill unmet needs in today’s marketplace,” said Neil Freeman, Chairman & CEO of Aries Capital. “LendingCap leverages a proprietary technology-based system to automate and streamline the commercial mortgage process, making it easier, more efficient and more cost-effective for borrowers in need of simple, non-recourse financing.”

LendingCap’s online platform is backed by Aries Capital’s 25 years of resources, relationships and experience, including over $5 billion in successful loan closings. Headquartered in Chicago, LendingCap will be led by Freeman and Aries Capital Senior Vice President, Rushi Shah, who will serve as President of LendingCap.

LendingCap’s originators work closely with an extensive network of vetted senior decision-makers at top Wall Street Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) lenders and other institutional investors to offer competitive rates and terms.  LendingCap ensures the strictest service standards are met from beginning to end.  A simple online dashboard allows borrowers, their employees, accountants, originators and underwriters, real-time access to every step in the loan process, resulting in faster closings, which saves time and money.  This savings is shared with the borrower as a credit at closing.

LendingCap benefits borrowers with all levels of non-recourse financing experience, providing five and 10-year, fixed rate, permanent debt for the refinance or acquisition of cash-flowing properties, without the burden of personal guaranties. The assumable loans allow loan-to-value ratios up to 75% and the flexibility to take cash out for other investments.  Non-recourse bridge loans from two to five years are also available.


National Storage Affiliates Trust Receives $14.75 Average PT from Brokerages

timthumbShares of National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the six ratings firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.Com reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company.

The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $14.75.
National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA) traded down 1.18% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $15.04. 205,840 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $14.49 and its 200 day moving average price is $13.24. The stock has a market cap of $346.18 million and a P/E ratio of 3760.00. National Storage Affiliates Trust has a 12-month low of $11.50 and a 12-month high of $15.69.

National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 10th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.01) by $0.23. Analysts anticipate that National Storage Affiliates Trust will post $0.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

he company also recently declared a dividend, which was paid on Thursday, October 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, September 30th were issued a dividend of $0.19 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, September 28th.

In other National Storage Affiliates Trust news, CFO Tamara D. Fischer acquired 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 17th. The shares were bought at an average price of $12.64 per share, with a total value of $31,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Kevin Maxen Howard acquired 13,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 14th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $12.80 per share, for a total transaction of $172,800.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

A number of research firms have weighed in on NSA. Zacks raised shares of National Storage Affiliates Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, July 17th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price target on shares of National Storage Affiliates Trust in a report on Wednesday, August 19th.

National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA) is a property investment trust centered on acquisition, business, and the possession of self storage properties found inside the metropolitan statistical areas throughout America. It serves as the typical partner of, and operates its business through its operating partnership subsidiary company, NSA OP, LP. Its participating regional operators (experts) contain SecurCare Self Storage, Northwest Self Storage, Optivest Properties, Guardian Storage, Move It and Storage Options. Its EXPERT entered right into a facilities portfolio management arrangement with all portfolio was contributed by the Company with respect to its collectively with asset management arrangements for every property. Its business’com has an online self storage search solution for customers and valuable leads for the Company’s properties. The organization ‘s portfolio comprises over 225 self storage properties located across 13 states with about 12.4 million rentable square feet.document.write(‘‘);

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c276e491-17a2-44e2-b96c-3c16053b22c9ORLANDO, FLA., November 2, 2015 – Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, today announced the sale of a 64,480-square foot self-storage facility located in Orlando, Florida, according to Richard D. Matricaria, regional manager of the firm’s Tampa office.

Michael A. Mele, senior vice president investments in Marcus & Millichap’s Tampa office and senior director of the firm’s National Self-Storage Group, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a private investor. The buyer, a REIT, was secured and represented by Michael A. Mele.

My Neighborhood Storage Center is a meticulously maintained, institutional-quality facility located at 10053 Lake Underhill Road in Orlando, Florida. The facility is situated on approximately 9.87 acres and was constructed in 1997. It consists of 572 units for a total of 64,480 net rentable square feet, and has both climate and non-climate controlled units and R.V. parking. It boasts security features that include video surveillance and electronic gate access. The facility is currently 92 percent physically occupied based on rentable square footage.

“This facility was very well maintained and located. The seller, who had built and owned this property for 17 years, decided to take some chips off the table in this vibrant market,” says Mele.