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  • Startup Essentials: Financing
    Do you really need a bank to start a business? What role does a bank or other financial institution play in your ongoing success? How do you build a solid business and be in position to expand or exit at will—profitably?In this column, I’ll explore these questions and ...More
    November 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Finance
  • As Good as Gold
    Most of you are familiar with Aesop’s fable about “The Goose With the Golden Eggs.” Those of you who are not, consider this your lucky day. You’re about to be transported back in time to when moral values were taught using delightful little tales of human foolishness and ...More
    November 1, 2005 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Wells Fargo Financial Leasing Inc.
    With interest rates still low and property values climbing toward the sky, industry experts agree self-storage is an excellent investment. When people want to enter the business or existing owners wish to expand, one of their first concerns is where to find the money. ...More
    November 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Can’t See the Donut for the Hole?
    Forseveral years, I stopped at the same gas station two to three times per week to gas up and grab coffee and a donut. I liked to use one particular pump, which put me in the best position to exit the site and get back on the street. But about two years ago, that pump ...More
    November 1, 2005 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • While the Window Is Open
    From a self-storage owner’s perspective, the legacy of Federal Reserve Chairman Allen Greenspan may well be the window of opportunity he has created for those who can put fixed-rate, permanent financing in place during this period of historically low interest rates. This ...More
    November 1, 2005 Bill Walton Posted in Articles, Finance
  • PTI Gets New Digs
    For more than 25 years, Preferred Technology Inc., also known as PTI Integrated Systems, has provided the self-storage industry with a full range of security and access-control products and services. And like the industry, PTI has experienced tremendous growth and made a ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Refinancing Opportunities
    It’s nearly the end of 2005, and who would have thought we would continue to see such a low interest-rate environment? The opportunity to refinance and get out of a rising adjustable rate, pull out cash or lower your monthly payment is still available. In this article, I’ll ...More
    November 1, 2005 David Smyle Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Replacement-Cost Coverage
    Many self-storage owners are misinformed when it comes to the subject of replacement cost. This vital part of your insurance policy protects you in the event of catastrophe. Knowing the benefits and options makes for smart business. Simply put, replacement-cost coverage ...More
    November 1, 2005 John Roark Posted in Articles
  • U-Haul Supports Wounded Troops
    Service members returning from the war in the Middle East might quietly return to routine, be greeted as heroes or face recoveries from injury. Whatever the situation, families, friends and organizations come together to help the soldiers in their transition. This year, ...More
    November 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Bored With Basics?
    In-this column, I write a lot about the basics of self-storage sales. This is because you need to constantly practice the fundamentals. If you don’t, you may get soft. It’s no different than getting physical exercise. You always do your warm-ups and simple routines first, ...More
    November 1, 2005 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles