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What to Look Out for if a Self Storage Auction Looks Too Good

by Winnie Hsiu March 23, 2011 1:56 PM
Whenever television gets its grasp on something whatever it is will soon become part of the national lexicon. With the advent of reality shows based on auctions at self storage facilities like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters self storage unit auctions are quietly and quickly becoming quite popular. The problem is that with increased popularity comes those that will try to cheat the system. [More]

SelfStorageTalk.com Gaining Momentum As Biggest Forum for Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 23, 2011 9:50 AM
Discussion forums were an integral part of the Inside Self-Storage World Expo that just wrapped up in Las Vegas last week. The forums gave those in the self storage industry an opportunity to talk directly with each other about topical issues. But when there’s no industry show to attend, where do those in the know go to discuss what’s on everyone’s mind? [More]

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]

Popularity of Self Storage Auctions Spurs Change in Tennessee Lien laws

by John Stevens March 11, 2011 7:51 AM
Self storage auctions are getting swamped with attendees in recent months as popularity has grown, causing many states to look at streamlining their lien laws. Earlier this week, both Nevada and Florida legislators reviewed proposed changes to their states’ self storage lien laws. Now Tennessee has joined the ranks by introducing legislation that would lift the newspaper advertising requirement for self storage lien sales. [More]

ISS World Expo Serves Up Education With a Helping of Vendor Exhibits

by John Stevens March 9, 2011 8:31 AM
The industry’s largest trade show is about to begin in Las Vegas from March 14th through the 16th. The ISS World Expo www.insideselfstorageworldexpo.com not only offers seminars, workshops and peer-to-peer networking as part of its education program, but also provides an opportunity for more than 150 vendors to exhibit their self storage products and services. [More]

Florida Seminar Focuses on the Ever-Popular Self Storage Auction

by John Stevens March 3, 2011 12:35 PM
It comes as no surprise that the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) will host a three-hour seminar on storage unit delinquencies, lien laws and the auction process on March 31. The hugely-popular TV show, “Storage Wars” has thrust the self storage industry into the limelight and attracted auction bidders in droves across the country – many of whom are novices. Self storage operators now face high numbers of auction attendees as well as a need to understand the legal process behind a lien sale and how to run a safe and secure auction. [More]

'Storage Wars’ Star Set to Serve Up Auction Advice at ISS World Expo

by John Stevens February 28, 2011 7:56 PM
Treasure seekers are turning out in droves for self storage auctions across the country, mainly due to the hit A&E series “Storage Wars.” Numbers of attendees have exploded since the show premiered last fall. Feeling confident in handling large auctions and knowing the ins and outs of lien laws is on the minds of many self storage operators. [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]

As Self Storage of Valuable Belongings Increases, So Must Knowledge of Tenant Insurance

by John Stevens February 1, 2011 8:28 AM
With more valuable belongings winding up in self storage nowadays, tenants are increasingly aware and interested in insurance for their belongings. Self storage operators must decide whether to offer minimal insurance for a fee or require the tenant to obtain outside insurance. It is an issue attracting more attention as space in people’s houses decreases and purchasing of goods increases. How tenants should be advised on insurance is often up to the self storage operator. [More]
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