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01 Aug 2023

Industry Consolidation Sparks Optimism for Long-Term Rate Stability


James McLean

Union Realtime

We are seeing a lot of acquisitions activity in the [Self Storage Industry](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/self storage industry). Most notably, [Extra Space Storage](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/extra space storage) has finished its acquisition of [Life Storage](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/life storage) consolidating into the biggest REIT in the industry with over 3,500 locations. [Public Storage](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/public storage) has also just acquired [Simply Self Storage](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/simply self storage) from Blackstone, a 127 wholly-owned store portfolio.

Seeing more consolidation in the industry means more long term [rate stability](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/rate stability). The REITs have the largest war chests and operational systems to set the market price for units. These mergers predict that there will be higher rates in the long term, as well as pricing stability.

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