By Ben Vestal

What a year 2022 has turned out to be! First and foremost, it is our hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy during this upcoming holiday season. This time of year, we find ourselves reflecting on the things that we are most grateful for and the people who mean the most to us. Argus Self-Storage Advisors is made up of more than 50 self-storage professionals around the country who have been helping their friends, colleagues, and clients navigate the self-storage investment market for the last 28 years.

Over the past 12 months we have seen the performance of the self-storage sector accelerate. In the first half of the year values had never been higher, and as we close out the year, we are experiencing rapidly rising interest rates and softening values for the first time in more than a decade. This paradigm shift in the market has all of us reevaluating our business models and investment goals to make sure our investments excel in this changing environment.  We are all very thankful that we are in the self-storage industry and below I have outlined a few market observations that set us apart from other commercial real estate and that I am very thankful for.