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  • Nailing the Best Deal for Your Facility
    Who do you turn to when looking to sell a self-storage facility? The market is very fragmented, and ownership is still mostly held by private investors, small ownership/ management companies as well as the “big boys.” So what do you do when you want to find a buyer? Who do ...More
    February 1, 2008 Harold Kolbe Posted in Articles
  • X Marks the Storage Spot
    Inexperienced developers often think a site’s success is a sure bet if all competing self-storage facilities in a market are renting at or near capacity. Others think that if there are no climate-controlled facilities in a market, they’ll strike gold by building one. ...More
    February 1, 2008 Jeffrey Supnick Posted in Articles, Development
  • Purchase-Contract Considerations
    Self-storage is a booming $21 billion business nationwide. It has nearly doubled in size during the past decade, with one in 11 households renting space in nearly 50,000 U.S. facilities. No other business offers the return and the ease of ownership of self-storage. People ...More
    February 1, 2008 Bill Walton Posted in Articles
  • What’s It Worth?
    To view the charts that accompany this article, click HERE. Have recent events in the financial markets affected your property’s value? If so, what is your facility actually worth? Maybe you're considering selling or refinancing or want to know value for estate-planning ...More
    February 1, 2008 Bill Alter Posted in Articles
  • Second-Hand Self-Storage
    Purchasing an existing self-storage facility can be a great introduction to the industry if you know what you’re getting. The question is: What should you look for when you buy, and why? Before you purchase a facility, evaluate your investment strategy. Are you looking for ...More
    February 1, 2008 Matt Lexow-Gray Posted in Articles, Real Estate
  • Aiming for a Sale
    Preparing your facility for market involves making the property appeal to the broadest range of buyers for an expeditious and profitable sale. Until the recent real estate slowdown, self-storage owners and investors in many parts of the country saw property values rising ...More
    February 1, 2008 Stephen I. Grossman Posted in Articles
  • Closing the Deal
    Navigating the closing process in today’s self-storage market hasn’t exactly been smooth because of recent capital markets fluctuations. But the closing process can certainly be more streamlined if a buyer takes the proper precautions and performs the necessary due ...More
    February 1, 2008 Charles LeClaire Posted in Articles
  • Exit Strategies
    Since the late ‘90s, the investment community has viewed commercial real estate as a virtually infallible investment vehicle. Self-storage properties were always considered a relatively safe bet because of their limited management responsibilities and maintenance … until ...More
    February 1, 2008 Michael Mele Posted in Articles
  • As the World Turns
    In my many years of working in commercial real estate, I thought I’d seen it all. Then along came something new. I’m not talking about the current turmoil in the capital markets—that situation has yet to play itself out. I’m talking about the last 12 months in self-storage ...More
    February 1, 2008 Nicholas Malagisi Posted in Articles
  • Are You Being Served?
    [A blog spot by ISS Managing Editor Elaine Foxwell.] I thoroughly enjoy being of service to others. I'm involved in several community groups, including one that puts on a large annual event attended by up to 600 people. But sometimes being of service boils down to helping a ...More
    January 31, 2008 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Blogs