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  • 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
  • SMARTBOX Portable Storage Makes Franchise 500 List
    SMARTBOX, a provider of portable-storage and moving services, has been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, an annual list by rank of the top 500 franchises in the world. ...More
    January 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • Janus International Announces 2007 Salesmanship Awards
    Janus International Corp. announced the recipients of its 2007 Salesperson of the Year Awards. Jim Ponti of the company's Central self-storage district was recognized as Overall Salesperson of the Year. Scott Garland of the company's Southeast commercial district was named ...More
    January 25, 2008 Posted in News