Anderson Business Advisors Podcast

Investing in Self Storage the Correct Way

June 23, 2020

Do you want to enjoy a lifestyle free from tenants, toilets, and trash? Maybe it’s time to invest in the self-storage business. Today, Michael Bowman of Anderson Business Advisors and Bowman's Business Brief talks to Scott Meyers of Self-Storage Profits, Inc., which offers educational courses, events, and mentoring/coaching.  

After becoming a penniless landlord in the single-family rental and apartment business, Scott began investing in self storage. He quickly sold all his single-family rentals and apartments to create a small empire of self-storage facilities nationwide. Scott focuses on syndicating self-storage deals and helping others launch their own self-storage business.

Highlights/Topics: 

  • What’s Scott’s story and evolution into investing? Shifted from being a hobby to business, but not as much cash flow and free time as anticipated
  • What was the first downturn that Scott experienced? During the tech bubble and recession in 1999-2000, when most of his tenants left to buy their own homes
  • Why are self-storage facilities in demand? During economic downturns, people lose their jobs, times are tough, and extra stuff is moved into storage until things turn around
  • What are the details of self storage? Scott talks to and teaches people about the benefits of self storage and what not to do
  • Why did Scott decide to teach others about self storage? Divine calling and mission field due to his story being similar to others struggling in real estate
  • Is funding available for self storage? There’s no shortage of lending sources and supplying money flowing into self storage
  • What are Scott’s tips and tricks to getting into self-storage business? Start sooner than later, know how to value market, evaluate numbers, get mailing lists to send out mailers, talk with brokers, and find facilities
  • Why isn’t Scott afraid of aggregators? Nobody’s forcing owners to use aggregators; look at the market, Websites, traffic, and placement to spend money that draws people in
  • What is Scott’s Self Storage Evaluator? Underwriting software that analyzes storage facilities and shows about 150 income and expense categories and calculations  

Resources

Self Storage Investing

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

Lehman Brothers

Dave Ramsey Classes

ETRADE

Realty Mogul

CrowdStreet

Fundrise

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Priceline

Public Storage

Extra Space Storage

CubeSmart

Michael Bowman

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