National Storage Affiliates Trust


National Storage Affiliates

National Storage Affiliates is a self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust, dedicated to the ownership, operation and acquisition of self storage facilities. Through ongoing contributions from its Participating Regional Operators ("PROs"), third party acquisitions and joint venture partnerships, as of September 30, 2022, NSA currently holds ownership interests in and operates 1,100 self storage properties located in 42 states + Puerto Rico with approximately 71.5 million rentable square feet. NSA is one of the largest owners and operators of self storage facilities among public and private companies in the U.S.


Self Storage Properties


STATES IN THE US + Puerto Rico


Rentable Square Feet

NSA is focused on growing through the integration of best-in-class regional operators with self storage properties located in markets with strong fundamentals in the top 100 MSAs throughout the United States. NSA’s differentiated strategy was designed to facilitate outperformance over the long-term.

Innovative Structure

NSA’s PRO structure incentivizes private self storage operators to join NSA thereby facilitating robust portfolio growth, shared operating expenses and the realization of meaningful scale benefits.

Differentiated Market Exposure

Approximately two-thirds of NSA’s properties are located outside of the top 20 MSAs. In the most recent development cycle, new development was largely concentrated in the top MSAs.

Multi-Faceted External Growth Strategy

Since NSA’s IPO in 2015, the Company has grown its portfolio at a rapid pace. The Company has achieved this robust growth through:

  1. Adding new PROs
  2. Captive pipeline acquisitions
  3. Third party acquisitions
  4. Strategic joint ventures

NSA Properties

Company History

Arlen Nordhagen co-founded SecurCare Self Storage in 1988 to invest in and manage self storage properties. In 2007, SecurCare raised $100M of institutional capital to expand the platform. Mr. Nordhagen subsequently recognized a market opportunity for a differentiated public self storage REIT that would leverage the benefits of national scale by integrating multiple experienced regional operators with local operational focus and expertise. Mr. Nordhagen’s vision culminated in the formation of NSA in 2013 by three founding PROs (SecurCare, Northwest and Optivest).

PRO Formation and Institutionalization


Move It predecessor founded


Northwest and Hide-Away founded


Personal Mini predecessor founded


Southern Self Storage founded


SecurCare founded


Storage Solutions founded


Moove In founded


Guardian founded


Optivest founded


Raised initial institutional capital through SecurCare predecessor

NSA Formation and Growth


Agreement in principle reached by three founding PROs: SecurCare, Northwest and Optivest


NSA formed


4th PRO: Guardian

5th PRO: Move It


6th PRO: Storage Solutions

Successful IPO


7th PRO: Hide-Away

JV formation / iStorage acquisition


8th PRO: Personal Mini Storage


JV Formation / Simply Self Storage portfolio acquisition


9th PRO: Southern Self Storage

10th PRO: Moove In Self Storage


Internalization of PRO: SecurCare

Tamara Fischer becomes CEO

New PRO: Blue Sky Self Storage


Record acquisition volume: $2.2 billion


NSA has an experienced management team with over 100 years of combined industry experience.

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National Storage Affiliates Announces Management Transition

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