Finance

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.


  • Cap Rates—A Mystery Unveiled
    If you are buying, selling or refinancing a self-storage property, you can’t have a three-minute conversation without the term “cap rate” coming up. Everyone acts as if they know what this is—a few really do know, many more think they know, and some refuse to admit they ...More
    November 1, 2004 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Self-Storage Construction Loans
    Many first-time self-storage developers assume a construction loan is similar to permanent financing. But approaching financing from this perspective may create long-term negative consequences. Construction and development financing is radically different from other credit ...More
    November 1, 2004 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Finance
  • The Time of the True-Tax Lease
    In today’s self-storage market, with spiking steel prices and an upward trend in interest rates, facility owners need to consider every money-saving technique available. Of course, the best method is the one that does not require you to spend money to save money. Over the ...More
    November 1, 2004 Ronald J. Pope Posted in Articles, Finance
  • The Art of the Cap Rate
    Economics is sometimes called the “dismal science” because it can present bad news about money and the economy. In the economics of self-storage, the calculation of an overall capitalization rate, or “cap rate,” might be called an abysmal science because there is much ...More
    November 1, 2004 R. Christian Sonne Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Compiling Your Loan Package
    There is a direct correlation between the reliability of the loan quote from your lender and the quality of the information you provided in your loan package. If you want a quote you can “take to the bank,” take the time and effort to give your source sufficient, accurate ...More
    November 1, 2004 Tom Walsh Posted in Articles, Finance
  • The Rundown on Refinancing
    If you’re thinking about refinancing your existing self-storage loan, you should be asking these questions: When is the right time to refinance? I have a floating-rate loan. Should I switch to a fixed rate? Are there new loan products to consider? I have a prepayment ...More
    November 1, 2004 Bill Walton Posted in Articles, Finance
  • 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
    November 1, 2004 Neal Gussis and Shawn Hill Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Financing Your Car Wash
    Before investing in a car wash, potential investors and operators ask these basic questions: How much does it cost? How do I finance it? What options are available? How do I put this whole project together? What kind of return can I expect? These are the fundamental ...More
    November 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Finance
  • 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
    November 1, 2004 Amy Brown Posted in Articles, Finance
  • 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
    October 1, 2004 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance