Welcome to Investment Real Estate, LLC, The Self Storage Industry Experts

About IRE, John Gilliland

Our Story

Since our inception in 1998, we have specialized solely in the self storage industry. In fact, we are one of very few companies in the United States that can offer you brokerage, construction, development and feasibility services and management from under one roof. Over the years, customers and clients have profited greatly from the guidance and advice of our knowledgeable professionals who are actively involved and well-versed in all aspects of the self storage business.

From the Beginning…

John H. Gilliland, owner, is a Pennsylvania native with roots in the State College area. He received his degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. During his tenure in California with The Hanes Company and Sperry Van Ness, he specialized in selling multi-family investment real estate properties. Mr. Gilliland returned to his home state to work in the commercial real estate field for Bennett Williams in York, PA and High Associates in Lancaster, PA.

Realizing the great need for a specialist in the growing self storage industry, Mr. Gilliland founded the brokerage firm of Investment Real Estate, LLC in 1998. Since that time, he has brokered over 400 self storage transactions with a total sales volume exceeding 880 million dollars. The brokerage firm is recognized as the leader in self storage brokerage. His firm serves the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

In 2000, Mr. Gilliland established Investment Real Estate Management, LLC, a firm that provides self storage clients with professional fee-based management services. Currently, the company manages fifteen properties throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland.

In 2004, Investment Real Estate Construction, LLC, was established to help clients through the design, permitting and construction of their self storage projects. IREC also provides maintenance services to keep self storage facilities operating at peak performance. To date, IREC has built over 2 million square feet of self storage.

Gilliland owns and operates fourteen self storage facilities in Pennsylvania. He has served as president of the Pennsylvania Self Storage Association from 2002 – 2006 and currently is a member of the Pennsylvania Self Storage Association, New Jersey Self Storage Association and New York Self Storage Association. He was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Self Storage Association located in Washington D.C. in 2003 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2007.

John Gilliland is a member of Vistage, a national organization of Chief Executive Officers and is actively involved in the local Harrisburg-York Chapter.

In 2007, the Investment Real Estate Group of Companies established a Board of Advisors to assist in defining strategic direction of the companies.

Thoughts from the Owner…

“We have worked hard to earn the trust of our clients and colleagues throughout the industry. Our team travels many miles gaining knowledge of the local markets, networking at the various industry associations and functions, while developing the reputation as the go-to source for information in the self storage industry. When you work with Investment Real Estate, we put this knowledge and expertise to work for you and your project.

The foundation of Investment Real Estate is our dedicated staff. These individuals contribute their unique talent and passion for self storage to benefit your business.

Our successful track record speaks for itself. We have listed and sold over 200 properties, compiled over 100 feasibility studies and helped our clients develop and build millions of square feet of self storage. We are proud to say we have been an integral part of their success.

I invite you to peruse our website and learn more about how our company can help you achieve your self storage goals. We’re ready to go to work for you and welcome your call.”

– John H. Gilliland, President & CEO