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.


  • 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
    November 1, 2003 David Smyle Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Working With The Appraiser
    The intent of this article is to offer some suggestions to the owner who is preparing to have his facility appraised to ensure a proper valuation. The appraisal process is relatively simple. Many years ago, an appraiser could simply state the value conclusion, and it wasn’t ...More
    November 1, 2003 Ray Wilson Posted in Articles, Finance
  • The Deep South
    This month, I gathered a roundtable of experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the southern United States. Let's hear what local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel of brokers includes: C. William Barnhill, Omega Properties, ...More
    June 1, 2003 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Online Payment and Reservation Technology
    There is no question the Internet is becoming a standard medium for Americans to research companies and products, learn about services and conduct business. By the end of 2002, more than 136 million had access to the Internet. It is predicted that by the year 2004, the ...More
    May 1, 2003 Rick McGee and Karen Genualdi Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology
  • European Self-Storage Faces Financing Challenges
    One of us was recently invited by a top firm of London property advisers to spend a day sailing in the Southampton waters. Fellow guests included representatives of some of the leading U.K. property institutions as well as some distinguished commercial surveyors. During the ...More
    March 1, 2003 Richard Fox and Bill Lax Posted in Articles, Finance
  • A Discussion of Cap Rates
    During my early career in real estate, I served as a real estate analyst for a major Wall Street institutional investor that was very focused on capitalization (cap) rates and 10-year internal rates of return (which, quite frankly, are only as good as the information and ...More
    February 1, 2003 Matthew T. Pipkin Posted in Articles, Finance
  • State of the Industry Report
    A slow economy and declining demand put domestic self-storage to the test. What role will overseas expansion play? Crowded markets and a lagging economy over the past year tested the myth that self-storage is recession-proof. Some stores faired well. Others saw occupancy ...More
    January 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • Forecast '03
    While they may not have an all-seeing crystal ball, the industry experts who shared their predictions for the upcoming year with Inside Self-Storage do know a thing or two about the business. They are self-storage consultants, presidents, CEOs and all-around gurus. Here's ...More
    January 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • The Sophistication of Self-Storage
    SELF-STORAGE PROPERTY, AS A SPECIALTY SECTOR IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY, remains an attractive asset class to those lenders and investors who understand the cash flow and counter-cyclical "safe haven" characteristics of the product. On a national basis, the industry ...More
    November 1, 2002 Thomas Lorenzini and Michael Buckley Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Preparing a Loan Package
    If you are looking for self-storage financing, the timing could not be better; but do not make the mistake of creating a poor loan package. The time and effort put into preparing a quality package will pay off substantially, whether you are looking for the highest loan ...More
    November 1, 2002 Eric Snyder Posted in Articles, Finance