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  • Westport Properties Gets New Self-Storage Contracts
    Westport Properties of Newport Beach, Calif., has been awarded third-party management contracts for three self-storage facilities. ...More
    April 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Builder Confidence Up in April
    Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose five points in April, the highest level since October 2008, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. ...More
    April 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Website Launched for Self-Storage Bands, Musicians
    The trend of musicians and bands renting self-storage units as rehearsal and storage space is growing, and in response, StorageMart Self Storage has created a new website. ...More
    April 15, 2009 Posted in News, Technology
  • Americans Protest Taxes With 'Tea Parties'
    Income tax protestors are holding TEA (Taxed Enough Already) parties. Hundreds of rallies against government spending were scheduled across the nation. The rallies come 235 years after the original Boston Tea Party tax revolt. Organizers say they’re upset over government ...More
    April 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Communications Lost
    When Cochrane Self Storage in Morgan Hill, Calif., lost all communications with the outside world, general manager Gina Six Kudo went into action, reviewing the facility's communications plans. ...More
    April 15, 2009 Gina Six Kudo Posted in Blogs
  • Gas Prices to Remain Low During Peak Season
    Despite the economy's woes, gas prices are expected to remain low this summer. The Energy Information Administration said regular-grade gasoline is expected to average $2.23 a gallon from April through September. However, it may fluctuate, hitting $2.30 ...More
    April 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Weak Retail Report Causes Stocks to Drop Slightly
    Stocks ended on a low note Tuesday following news of a weak retail sales report for March. The poor sales data combined with a sharp drop in wholesale prices overshadowed better-than-expected earnings reports from Johnson & Johnson and Goldman Sachs. ...More
    April 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Twitter Away
    With 7 million users on Twitter, the social network service can be a great way for self-storage owners and operators to market their facilities. They can post specials and unit sizes as they change daily, or let current tenants know what’s up. ...More
    April 14, 2009 Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • Service Matters! Eight Steps to Superior Customer Relations
    Customer service matters now more than ever, as consumers spend wiser and expect more for their money. Giving good service in tough times makes good business sense. Here are eight proven principles you can use. ...More
    April 14, 2009 Ron Kaufman Posted in Articles
  • Arkansas Governor Repeals Self-Storage Sales Tax
    Last week, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed into law a bill that repeals the sales tax imposed on mini-warehouses and self-storage services, setting an important precedent for the self-storage industry. ...More
    April 14, 2009 Posted in News, Legal Issues