• Earth Day: From 'Crackpot' Idea to Global Awareness
    OK, so this is the second “Earth Day” blog this week, but the event is too important to just be observed for one day then put away like holiday decorations until next year. In yesterday's blog, Editor Drew Whitney asked how you would participate in Earth Day. ...More
    April 23, 2008 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Blogs
  • U.K.-Based Safestore Offers Discount to eBay PowerSellers
    U.K. self-storage company Safestore has partnered with online marketplace eBay to offer its “PowerSeller” customers a 50 percent discount on storage. ...More
    April 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Market Report: Evansville, Ind.
    Evansville is the regional center for a large trade area in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The broad economic base of the region has helped to build an economy known for its stability, diversity and vitality. Major industries include manufacturing, warehousing and ...More
    April 23, 2008 Self Storage Data Services Inc. Posted in Articles, Real Estate
  • How will you honor Earth Day?
    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”–Dr. Suess, The Lorax  Sometime in the 1970s, our country started an awareness campaign about cleaning up America. Remember the commercial with the crying ...More
    April 22, 2008 Drew Whitney Posted in Blogs
  • A Year for Expansion: Self-Storage in Canada 2007
    The Canadian self-storage industry experienced a year of significant growth despite several challenges. The biggest self-storage news item one year ago was the formation of InStorage REIT, the first Canadian real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition of ...More
    April 21, 2008 Candace Watson Posted in Articles
  • Steel Update
    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve interviewed a number of builders, developers and steel suppliers to gauge how the self-storage industry has been affected by the volatile steel market. While the news isn’t good—steel prices are up 30 percent so far this ...More
    April 21, 2008 Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • Steel Prices Soar: Self-Storage Construction Takes a Hit But Stands Firm Despite Rising Costs
    It began with a few modest increases—10 percent here, 15 percent there. But by April, self-storage manufacturers who rely heavily on steel were feeling the pinch. In just three months, steel costs had risen more than 30 percent. And it’s not just steel, but also ...More
    April 21, 2008 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Insight to Self-Storage Real Estate in 2008
    The first month of 2008 was beset with significant financial and political "rock-n-roll." If you are like me, much of it doesn’t seem to fit into a neat package and signifies what the rest of the year will bring. However, if you will indulge me, I will give you two thoughts ...More
    April 21, 2008 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Development, Finance, Real Estate
  • Canadian Self-Storage: Developers Realize the Prize
    Canadian storage markets are bursting at the seams as skyrocketing consumer demand drives the building of new facilities. Unit rates have steadily increased as Canadian developers discover a mother lode of gold in the industry. Over the past 10 years, there has been ...More
    April 19, 2008 Richard Leach Posted in Articles, Development
  • Get Over It
    A couple of weeks ago, there was a big hullabaloo in Lockport, N.Y., about a billboard being used by self-storage facility in the area. There were stories in the news and local paper, and community residents were in an "outrage." Why? Because the advertisement includes the ...More
    April 18, 2008 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs