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With Thoughts of Expansion, Many Self Storage Operators Look to Boat/ RV Market

by John Stevens April 15, 2011 9:31 PM
Self storage operators often consider renovating or expanding space to grow their business. One avenue that more operators are now looking into is boat and RV storage. Many developers and owners are adding to their existing facilities in locations and markets where it makes sense. A popular trend in the self storage market is the addition of bigger units. [More]

Self Storage Industry Continues to Grow Outside of the U.S.

by Holly Robinson April 15, 2011 5:40 PM
One of the toughest things to do is decide what to invest or who to invest your hard earned money with. Yes, when it comes to business there is a risk of losing, but with risk often comes great reward. As true as that may be, it is still no consolation when you end up losing your shirt (and then some) due to a bad investment. [More]

New Jersey Self Storage Company Trying to Keep the Garden State Green

by Holly Robinson April 14, 2011 1:14 PM
An educator once said that every person should use what Mother Nature gave them before Father Time takes it away. When it comes to personal attributes the culprit would be Father Time (along with one’s own destructive behavior). The person is not all Mother Nature provided to us; there is the planet that we live on as well. [More]

Self Storage Hangs Tough Through Recession, With Industry REITS Surpassing General REIT Sector

by John Stevens April 14, 2011 12:57 PM
As many industries have been battling to survive through the recession, self storage has made impressive, steady gains that investors are getting excited about. Once mostly fueled by lifestyle changes such as divorce, death or moving, self storage is being used by a much broader range of people and for a wider range of circumstances. As a result, the four publicly traded self storage REITs generated total returns of about 30 percent last year, with the first quarter of 2011 exhibiting similar strength at about 10 percent. [More]

New Jersey Self Storage Pitching in for an Evening with the Stars

by Tony Gonzalez April 13, 2011 7:16 PM
Television shows like Dancing with the Stars have made doing things with ‘the stars’ a pretty popular thing these days. Another show had the stars ice skating for a time, you can always catch the stars acting foolish, and there is the ever popular charity function with the stars as well. [More]

Storage Industry Positions Itself to Attract College Students as Summer Break Approaches

by John Stevens April 13, 2011 6:13 AM
Colleges are getting ready to wind down for the summer break, which means students across the country will be looking for storage space for all of their much accrued possessions. Some storage facilities are offering snazzy, high-tech promotions to attract students’ interest while other storage companies who aim directly at the college student clientele are designing their own promotions. [More]

Is it Time to Buy or Time to build in the Self Storage Industry?

by John Stevens April 12, 2011 2:23 PM
There are all kinds of sayings when it comes to money, spending money, and making money. A penny saved is a penny earned; time is money; money is the root of all evil; money can’t buy happiness (but it can buy a better class of enemy); a fool and his money are easily parted; money can’t buy love; money makes the world go round; and so many more. [More]

Rare Comic Book Stolen From Nicolas Cage Found in Storage Unit

by John Stevens April 12, 2011 8:29 AM
Storage units have been known to hold many treasures, from Marilyn Monroe’s shoes to an Abraham Lincoln letter. The latest impressive find to come out of storage is a copy of a rare comic book stolen from actor Nicolas Cage more than a decade ago. [More]

Proof that the Self Storage Industry has its Priorities Right

by Winnie Hsiu April 11, 2011 1:08 PM
Unless you have an infinite amount of time on your hands and only one thing to do with your entire day, from waking to sleeping, you have to prioritize your activities. Most people will do so in order of importance, i.e. going to work, spending time with family, hanging out with the guys. As important as priorities are in our personal lives, they are just as important professionally. [More]

Upcoming Webinar Focuses on Protesting Self Storage Property Taxes

by John Stevens April 11, 2011 10:15 AM
Paying commercial property taxes is a large expenditure that every self storage facility must contend with. And while you cannot protest the taxes themselves, you can, however, protest the assessment of your property. By learning the rules of the game, you can save thousands or even millions on your taxes. And with the help of tax expert, Jay Kanter of Realty Tax Consultants, you can learn the ins and outs of the process. [More]
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