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Investing in Self-Storage REITs: A Beginner’s Guide

Self-storage properties are a low-risk form of commercial real estate. But there’s quite a bit you should learn before buying your first self-storage REIT. Here are the basics.

[Updated: Aug 10, 2021 ] Aug 02, 2019 by Matt Frankel, CFP

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Company (Stock Symbol) Market Capitalization Dividend Yield Number of Properties
Public Storage (NYSE: PSA) $217.30 3.7% 2,757 (2,661 self-storage)
Extra Space Storage (NYSE: EXR) $99.87 3.4% 1,647
Cube Smart (NYSE: CUBE) $30.95 4.1% 1,086
Life Storage (NYSE: LSI) $94.15 4.2% 774
National Storage Affiliates (NYSE: NSA) $28.22 4.3% 707

Data source: CNBC, Nareit, company financials. Market capitalization and dividend yields as of 4/17/2019. Number of properties as of 12/31/2018.

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