We’re always looking for new investment opportunities. Recently, a new trend has emerged and we’re keeping a close eye on it: self-storage units.
Self-storage units are especially attractive for new investors in the real estate market for two big reasons: low-maintenance and consistent cash flow.
Not only is maintenance relatively low and uncomplicated, but overhead costs are lower than other asset categories, depending on age, size and use of the units.
With so many benefits, self-storage is becoming less over-looked than in the past.
Recently there has been a surge in interest, especially among commercial real estate investors. In fact, the industry is projected to exceed $30B by 2018, according to IBISWorld.
Here’s why we’re keeping an eye on self-storage:
The “Breakeven Point” Is Much Lower.
Compared to other assets in real estate, self-storage units have a much lower breakeven point. According to The Appraisal Journal, self-storage units have a breakeven point of 15-20% less than other real estate classes, like apartments.
If the real estate market suffers, self-storage units typically hold their value and recover more quickly.
Self-storage Units Are Almost Recession-proof.
Self-storage units are for the average and below-average Joe. Unlike office complexes, shopping malls, etc., you don’t need to be among the elite to invest in self-storage.
In the 2008 financial crisis, self-storage was the only REIT sector to have a positive return.
So, even in the great recession of 2008, it held up well because we are in the transition and trauma business.
They’re Being Multi-purposed.
Most people think of self-storage units as just a place for people to keep all the extra junk they really don’t need.
But more and more, businesses are using self-storage for their operations and equipment to save on costs and give them more freedom in leases and security costs.
Businesses can use this secure space to keep their records, files or equipment well-maintained at a much lower price point.
Our team is looking at values in our area and we think we have found some potential diamonds in the rough!
As self-stroage units start expanding in the market, stay tuned with our blog as we explore new opportunities.
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