Self Storage News

16 Dec 2020
Our National Storage Centers – Bloomfield East location won the 2020 Facility Of The Year Renovation award!

The year is 1984. Macintosh aired its iconic “1984” ad, “Purple Rain” is a splash at the box office, and a new mini-storage facility in Pontiac, Mich., is built. Like many first-generation facilities, it fits the standards of the day.

Fast forward to 2019: The facility, which is still in the same family as when it was built, is also much the same as it was in 1984, with few updates and neglected capital improvements.

Pogoda Companies, who owns more self-storage facilities in Michigan than any other company, took notice. “We saw a real opportunity to renovate a dilapidated, largely vacant facility into a like-new property in order to lease up and provide the best service to our tenants,” says Adam Pogoda, developer of the project and director of acquisitions for Pogoda Companies.

11 Oct 2020
Evaluating Deals In Uncertain Times

In March, I signed a contract to buy a self storage portfolio right before the pandemic hit its stride. Luckily, we were able to negotiate an extension of our diligence period, but immediately upon signing I thought to myself, are my assumptions from January still valid? How much will rents drop? Will we be able to rent any units in a pandemic? Will any of the lenders I spoke with still be at their terms? Lastly, will my investors have an appetite for a new deal? 

April and May were dicey months, but fortunately self storage in this market took off after Memorial Day and the numbers were so rosy that the debt and equity raises were a (relative) breeze. That being said, I pared back the rent growth numbers, lowered the mark to market rents, removed ancillary income and pushed out my stabilization from year three to year four. The deal penciled to slightly lower returns than originally underwritten, but I slept better at night knowing that the risk adjusted return felt stronger and was likely to outperform. 

Read the full article here on

21 Apr 2021
Relatively Speaking: A Rising Star in Self Storage (and Pogoda Cos.)

Since 1987 Maurice Pogoda created an amazing family business and now after having successful careers the boys are coming home. The following article focuses on Adam Pogoda, who spent a successful 10 years in high pressure Real Estate roles in both San Fransisco and New York.

Adam conintues to build upon his father's work with an agressive growth strategy that is beginning to show an exponential growth for the business.

See the entire article here on SSA Magazine

5 Oct 2020
Pogoda – Adds Six Properties to its Self Storage Specialists Portfolio in September 2020

Fall 2020 kicks off with the acquisition of six new properties by Pogoda Companies. These recent additions increase Pogoda’s portfolio by 2,114 units and 240,757 sq. ft. Pogoda now has 51 locations with over 3.5 million sq. ft. in the Michigan and Ohio markets.

16 Sep 2020
Raising Rents the Right Way

Raising rents. Just those two words can strike fear into many managers. However, experts in the industry say raising rents is not only a necessary, but it should be done on a regular and consistent basis. Not only that, managers should never be timid or ashamed of raising rents.

Our own John George, SVP of Operations is a top expert consulted on this important process. Read the full article here at

24 Sep 2020
Pogoda Companies recently hired Jihad “Jay” Catrib as Payroll and Training Coordinator

Pogoda Companies, who has over 3.5 million square feet of self storage space under Ownership and Management in 51 locations, recently hired Jihad “Jay” Catrib as Payroll and Training Coordinator. Jay will play a key role in creating and implementing training programs for Pogoda’s growing self storage portfolio.

Jay has over ten years of experience in retail training and operations as well as a BBA Degree from the University of Michigan. He has a proven track record of hiring, training, and mentoring employees to build cohesive teams.

24 Aug 2020
Pogoda Management Co. Adds Five Properties to its Management Portfolio in Summer 2020

It has been a remarkably busy Summer 2020. Pogoda Management Co. is pleased to announce the addition of five more properties totaling over 308,000 square feet to its growing management portfolio with 6 more properties in the pipeline.

24 Aug 2020
Pogoda Group Closes 2 Self Storage Property Deals

The Pogoda Group is pleased to announce the brokerage sale of two self storage properties; Gold Coast Storage in Ludington, Michigan and Southside Storage in Wyoming, Michigan.

3 Jun 2020
Pogoda Companies Adds Three More Properties to its Management Portfolio in May 2020

Pogoda Companies is pleased to announce the addition of three more properties to its growing management portfolio. National Storage Centers - Royal Oak, A Plus Self Storage - Flint, and A Plus Self Storage - Swartz Creek have joined the family of trademarked locations managed by Pogoda Management Co.

27 May 2020
Pogoda Management Co. Activates Contactless Online Renting

Pogoda Management Co., Michigan’s largest self storage operator, has launched its 100% online rental experience on Potential tenants are now guided through the entire rental process: From selecting the location, size, and features of their unit to completing their reservation and signing the lease online. This completely contactless rental option gives tenants a quick, easy way to rent their space, providing a safe alternative to coming into the office.

11 Apr 2019
“Top Ten Things Self-Storage Brokers Want Buyers to Know” – with comments by Adam Pogoda

Backed by his 10+ years of real estate experience in both identifying and sourcing acquisitions, Pogoda Companies’ Director of Acquisitions, Adam Pogoda, is aggressively leading the charge in purchasing both existing and conversion self-storage sites throughout the Midwest. To read his insights on how buyers and sellers can best bring a transaction to a successful close, please click on the following link:

8 Mar 2019
“Pogoda Cos. Looks Beyond the Midwest as it Ramps Up Self-Storage Acquisitions” – with comments by Adam Pogoda

Pogoda Companies’ Director of Acquisitions, Adam Pogoda, speaks with SpareFoot about his strategy to expand the company’s portfolio beyond the Midwest.  To read more about his plans for growth,

please click on the following link

4 Mar 2019
“Reflections on Buying and Selling at the End of a Cycle

Pogoda Companies’ Director of Acquisitions, Adam Pogoda, explains how he continues to find opportunities for long-term growth and development in the self-storage industry in the article “Reflections on Buying and Developing at the End of the Cycle.”  To read his article in its entirety, please click on the following link

15 Jul 2013
Pogoda Companies Signs New Management Contract
Pogoda Companies continues to build on its 26 years of management experience by signing a new contract with Secure Self Storage of Monroe, MI.
12 Dec 2012
Bank Owned Portfolio Sold by Pogoda
Pogoda Companies continues to be active in the market this year with the sale of a bank owned portfolio consisting of four properties located in the greater Port Huron, Michigan area.
11 Dec 2013
Pogoda Sells Stock-N-Lock Self Storage; Adjacent Property
Pogoda Companies completed not one, but two transactions in November...
28 Aug 2014
Pogoda Companies announces Brokerage Sale of two Metro Detroit Storage Facilities
Pogoda Companies is pleased to announce the brokerage sale of two self storage properties, one in Shelby Township, Michigan, and the other in Flat Rock, Michigan.
23 Aug 2013
Pogoda Companies awarded “Best Customer Service” by Inside Self-Storage
Pogoda Companies chosen to receive the Best Customer Service award by the readers of Inside Self-Storage Magazine.
5 Nov 2014
Pogoda Companies announces Brokerage Sale of Riverview and Newaygo, MI Self Storage Properties
Pogoda Companies is pleased to announce two recently closed sales of self storage facilities, one in Riverview, Michigan, and the other in Newaygo, Michigan.
26 Sep 2016
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