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  • How About Those Cap Rates?
    When determining the value of real estate, including self-storage, there are three commonly accepted methods: the cost approach, sales-comparison approach and income approach. The income approach involves the capitalization of income and, hence, the often-heard reference to ...More
    February 1, 2002 Charles Ray Wilson, MAI, CRE Posted in Articles
  • State Of The Industry Report 2002
    Jim Chiswell was with a client during the early morning hours of Sept. 11 when he heard about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. "From the second floor of this building in New Jersey, we watched the second plane hit, not knowing what it was," says Chiswell, of ...More
    January 1, 2002 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Tea Leaves and Tarot
    Throughout the centuries, those who would believe--whether out of simple curiosity or basic desperation--have sought forbidden glimpses of the future. They would hold out telling palms to those who could read them or weave stories in tea leaves and porcelain cups. They ...More
    January 1, 2002 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Conduit Lending
    In today's self-storage financing market, most of the long-term, fixed-rate financing (10 years or longer) is provided by the Wall Street "conduit" market. These loans are pooled together, packaged and sold to investors by Wall Street firms as commercial mortgage-backed ...More
    January 1, 2002 David Smyle Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage Finance
    With interest rates at record-low levels and a sagging economy, would this not be a great time for self-storage finance? One would certainly think the banks would jump at the chance to finance self-storage properties, given the low interest rates. Lower rates make it easier ...More
    November 1, 2001 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles
  • Financing and Loan Types
    Watching the economy during the past year has been like riding a roller coaster. The unemployment rate is up, corporate earnings are down, inventories are up and interest rates are down. So with all the talk from recession to recovery and hard landing to soft landing, how ...More
    November 1, 2001 Eric Snyder Posted in Articles
  • Who Wants to Be a Self--Storage Millionaire?
    This was the most difficult article to write. I was presented with the task of writing it just before one of our country's most trying times: the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Like many other people, I now have a new understanding of how ...More
    November 1, 2001 Neal Gussis Posted in Articles
  • Financial Feasibility
    Financial FeasibilityProving it to your lender By Jim Oakley The good old days of scratching feasibility on the back of an envelope are gone. Yesterday's answers are not good enough for today's lenders. If you don't show profitability simply and clearly at the outset of ...More
    May 1, 2001 Jim Oakley Posted in Articles
  • The State of Industry Financing
    The State of Industry FinancingThough lenders may run scarce, the 'paper' is still out there By R.K. Kliebenstein The last few years have witnessed many changes in the arena of finance, and self-storage financing has been no exception. In September 1998, the finance world ...More
    March 1, 2001 R.K. Kliebenstein Posted in Articles
  • 2001 RealEstate Review
    2001 RealEstate ReviewWill there be an economic slowdown, and how will it affect self-storage? By Michael L. McCune In 1999, we were all so excited about the new millennium that we celebrated a year early. Now that it's the real beginning of the millennium, according to ...More
    February 1, 2001 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles