Self-storage properties have had a pretty good run in Texas over the last several years. Surging population growth has brought more material possessions into the state, boosting absorption of existing space. In addition, ample land for development has enabled builders to bring self-storage — a submarket-specific business — to new, underserved communities. The investment side of the business has flourished as well. A capital-rich environment has sustained a healthy pace of development and price escalation has kept cap rates low, incentivizing many owners to market their properties for sale. The building boom is still running hot. According to Tennessee-based research firm STR, as of June 2018, there were more than 300 self-storage facilities in the development pipeline in Texas. In the 12 months leading up to that point, 72 new facilities totaling almost 7 million square feet came on line. In addition, about 130 new properties are slated to open by June 2019, adding more than 9 million square feet, or 5.7 percent of the existing inventory. And those figures only encompass the seven biggest markets in Texas. According to The Houston Chronicle, the Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio markets all feature about 8 square feet of storage space …