Big Mike Fund Podcast

072: The Value in Investing in Self-Storage Facilities With Jake Vanderslice

Big Mike Fund Podcast
072: The Value in Investing in Self-Storage Facilities With Jake Vanderslice

Welcome to The Big Mike Fund Podcast. Today, it is my pleasure and a privilege to welcome Jake Vanderslice to the podcast. Jake is a specialist in self-storage and is also a brother from the Freedom Founders Mastermind as well as the Collective Genius Mastermind. In this episode Jake and I talk about the process, benefits, and the state of investing in self-storage, how Denver is holding up in the pandemic, and interest rates and cap rates.


Minute Markers:

00:20 - Hello and Welcome

00:30 - Jake Vanderslice introduction and backstory

03:08 - The value in investing in existing self-storage facilities

04:00 - The length of time for the process of leasing a facility and getting it ready

05:00 - The benefits of self-storage

06:45 - Jake’s first and second fund

08:14 - Distributions on Jake’s first fund

11:54 - REITs and cap rates

14:50 - Rising interest rates

16:00 - Denver, COVID, and their status

19:30 - The risk of oversupply and the challenge of retail conversions

22:20 - Getting a hold of Jake

22:58 - Thank you for listening to the Big Mike Fund Podcast



“We got into the self storage business in 2015 with some institutional partners. We liked the space because it's scalable, repeatable, and predictable. The data at the time suggested that it was historically resistant to downturns.” – Jake Vanderslice

“One of the main things we like about the asset classes, the granularity of the income streams, you're relying on (in our case) thousands of people to pay us tiny bits of rent every month. Versus in retail projects, for example, we have a brewery paying us $15,000 a month and they're going to pay or not.” – Jake Vanderslice

“The old adage that cash is king is still important, but I think today cash flow is king, and people just really want predictable repeatable dividends. If you can create that that's compelling” – Jake Vanderslice

“Commercial banks are still lending. We really haven't seen any other changes beyond just our maturity dates and that 4% on our interest rates.” – Jake Vanderslice

“The thesis is this as the interest rates drop, the cap rates should match. Directionally, we have COVID which is terrible. It's a pandemic and we’re all suffering health-wise and economically, but on the other side, you've got drop rates. What the Fed has done is created an environment where investors are willing to take lower cap rates because the cost of capital is cheap.”  – Mike Zlotnik

“We're dealing with a yield-starved environment with rates having trouble to where they are. There are really no great alternatives to Wall Street. The fund yields are very low unless you're dealing with really junk bonds and you're buying into high-risk stuff, or if you are looking for conservative cash flow. It's hard to find..” – Mike Zlotnik



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