With changes in the general economy have come changes in the self-storage finance world. Self-storage lenders, like those for all commercial real estate, apply more stringent underwriting standards when evaluating the potential of a construction, permanent or other self-storage loans. Even the refinancing process has become more challenging for self-storage owners, who must weigh their options and exit strategies. Some negotiate with lenders in an attempt to salvage underperforming self-storage properties. Tax issues are also a significant concern for self-storage owners. Cost segregation and 1031 exchange are possibilities to be explored. Financial and operating performance is reported quarterly by the self-storage real estate investment trusts (REITs): Public Storage Inc., U-Store-It Trust, Sovran Self Storage and Extra Space Storage.
The Conduit-Financing Pool
Regardless of the weather, the pool is open—the conduit-financing pool, that is. More commercial real estate borrowers are diving into the opportunities offered by conduit financing. With its proven structures and acceptance by the investment community, conduit financing ...More
Employee Credit-Card Fraud
Incidents of credit-card fraud and identity theft have risen dramatically in recent years. With increased use of e-commerce and technology in business, it has become easy for thieves to steal and misuse credit-card numbers. The dangers do not always come from outside a ...More
What Does This Mean for Self-Storage?
The End of an Era By Michael L. McCune No, not all of the Beatles are dead. But the handwriting is on the wall for the era of low interest rates. You may be asking, “What are the signs of impeding rise in the cost of borrowed money?” First, the Federal Reserve has raised ...More
Merchant Accounts 101
Business owners know they need to accept credit cards. But often, the things they don’t know about merchant accounts can cost them money on every transaction. Typically, they sign up with their bank or the high-pressure salesperson who magically appears as their business is ...More
Legalities and Benefits of Cost Segregation
As we close the books on another fiscal year, self-storage owners should be looking for ways to keep more of their money. If you are depreciating your facility over 39 years, you may be sitting on a financial windfall through the use of cost segregation. While the window ...More
Whose Cap Rate Is It?
Buyers and sellers of investment real estate are always looking for ways to measure their most recent acquisition or sale. Some buyers will use an industry rent multiplier to see if their property is in the range of 5.5 to 7.5 times gross collected rents. Some will compute ...More
Understanding Cap Rates
"Capitalization rate,” or “cap rate,” is one of the most misunderstood terms in the self-storage business. I always feel a bit uncomfortable bringing up the subject of cap rates when discussing the sale of a property with its owner. I don’t know ...More
Compiling Your Loan Package
The loan-approval process can differ from lender to lender, but one thing is consistent: First impressions are lasting. The key to any business meeting is the initial presentation, whether it be physical appearance or quality of information or both. The following is an ...More
If you’re a self-storage owner, here’s a question you may not be answering correctly: What is my largest expense item? The answer is typically either payroll or property taxes. In actuality, for many owners, it is interest expense. Here’s the point: Interest expense and ...More
The Self-Storage Joint Venture
Recent stock market meltdowns have caused investors many sleepless nights. Overnight, they find an earthquake in their IRA account. Years of saving for retirement are wiped out without warning. Yet the self-storage investment remains virtually undisturbed by perturbations ...More