Contributing Editors

Reality Shows Peak Interest in Self Storage Auctions As Number of Defaults Rises

by John Stevens March 21, 2011 7:45 AM
It used to be that professional bidders, thrift store owners and flea market entrepreneurs were the main buyers at self storage auctions. But because of the popularity of A&E’s “Storage Wars” and Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters,” many novice bidders have joined the fray and increased numbers of attendees at storage auctions. Whereas a year ago only a handful of bidders would attend an auction, now those numbers have grown exponentially. [More]

ISS World Expo Successful in Las Vegas, Gears Up for Pacific Northwest

by John Stevens March 17, 2011 11:54 AM
How to “Write Your Next Chapter” was the presiding theme at this year’s Inside Self-Storage World Expo that just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the expo attracted hundreds of self-storage owners, operators, investors, builders and vendors from across the country. Attendees looked to the future with the realization that competition is growing more rigorous each year and it is important to be up on the latest technologies. [More]

Two States Tackle Proposed Changes to Lien Laws

by John Stevens March 8, 2011 7:09 AM
Both Nevada and Florida are considering changes to their states’ self storage lien laws. The Self Storage Association and the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) are gearing up to discuss improvements in lien laws with the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and at a hearing in Tallahassee, Fla., tomorrow. Nevada state lawmakers are reviewing Senate Bill 150, which would amend the state statutes governing self storage and make several changes to existing self storage lien laws. [More]

Time for Self Storage Lobbying Efforts to Pay Off

by Tony Gonzalez February 18, 2011 10:46 AM
There is an old saying that parents like to use to motivate their kids into doing work for things that they want—if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. Basically, what it means is that if there is something that you want you can’t expect it to just come to you because you want it; you have to do something to go get it. This can also refer to making efforts to protect and enhance what is yours as well. [More]

'Storage Wars' Star Set to Offer Advice at ISS World Expo

by John Stevens February 18, 2011 5:35 AM
With popular self storage auction shows, Storage Wars and Auction Hunters, more people are
flocking to bid on abandoned storage units and more self storage operators are seeing their doors
flooded on auction days. But can facility operators handle the hordes of bidders and are they up-
to-date on knowledge of lien laws? [More]

New Storage Auction Portal Ready to Launch its Website

by John Stevens January 10, 2011 8:43 AM
With the newly arrived and successful A&E’s “Storage Wars” and Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters” making debuts on cable TV, people have begun flocking to storage auctions hoping to experience the same excitement and find similar treasures hidden inside the bins and boxes as the bidders they watch on the shows. Now professional bidders who have been working the storage circuit for many years find themselves standing next to wide-eyed novices. And what it takes to be successful is good instincts, some bidding skills, and of course, some luck. But the first step is finding a good auction. Arriving on the scene is a new online portal that will help professionals and newbies alike find upcoming storage auctions quickly and easily. [More]

Self Storage Operators Finding it Hard to Collect in Recession Hit Areas

by Tony Gonzalez January 6, 2011 10:38 AM
As we all have realized, the recent recession has left much of the country financially crippled. And with that, the rate of foreclosures has risen, especially in Florida and Michigan. Florida self storage companies are now feeling the force of foreclosures as people are downsizing and needing storage space. But the good is sometimes followed by the bad. People, specifically in hard-hit southwest Florida, are finding it hard to pay the bills for their self storage units. [More]
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