• 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
  • Kicking It New School
    “Hispanic Marketplace” is dedicated to educating self-storage professionals about the possibilities of the burgeoning Latino market. The U.S. Hispanic population—and its buying power—is growing at an astounding rate, making it an attractive target for businesses that ...More
    November 1, 2005 Myrna Sonora Posted in Articles
  • United Stor-All Sante Fe
    A vacant builder’s supply yard was transformed into a multi-story self-storage facility with a pre-engineered interior-mezzanine system. The result was a space-efficient and profitable business for the owner and an asset to the community.The United Stor-All project in ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Construction, Development
  • What Makes a Good Deal?
    In any business transaction, investors look for the right mix of critical elements. In self-storage, that mix includes an experienced management team, a good marketing plan, strong cash flow and an ability to adapt in a changing marketplace. At the heart of every deal is a ...More
    November 1, 2005 Benjamin Burkhart Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • Electronic Revenue Options
    The traditional payment methods accepted by self-storage businesses—cash, check and credit card—are now available in the form of electronic funds transfer. Electronic banking provides merchants with ever-increasing opportunities to streamline payment processing while ...More
    November 1, 2005 Alison Kiesa Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology