During the early stages of the Covid pandemic, supply chain disruptions due to plant shutdowns and widespread employee shortages resulted in price increases as demand rapidly outweighed supply. Consumers have remained burdened with high prices on most goods, and prognosticators are predicting that costs will remain high or continue to increase moderately for the foreseeable future.
With more than 50,000 facilities and upwards of 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage in the United States, this segment of commercial real estate has steadily evolved over the last 60 years into big business. As the Covid pandemic enters its third year there has been an accelerated need for families to create space for both employees working from home, and/or a workplace for students while remote schooling.
The pandemic may be waning, as health metrics nationwide indicate a positive trajectory with our control over Covid-19, but the secondary effect on our economy might long outlast the virus. Now we must ask: Is this a temporary bubble caused by Covid-19, or a sign of more to come?
Expect 2021 to perform across all sectors. We are finally getting optimistic results from the Covid vaccines and will be back to business as usual in no time.
Stay healthy and remain positive. Next year will be much different.