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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell
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10/24/2012

Managers, What Do You Think of the REITs?

As a self-storage manager, you may feel like your “voice” isn’t heard some days. Maybe ownership didn’t ask for your input about a upcoming project, marketing strategy or even whether the facility needs a software upgrade. Regardless, there are likely going to be days when your voice is simply lost in the shuffle. Now’s your chance to sound off about an important topic affecting most self-storage managers: self-storage real estate investment trusts (REITs).
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10/11/2012

Approximating the Real Cost of ‘Storage Wars’ for Self-Storage Operators

Guest blogger Gina Six Kudo talks about the real costs self-storage operators must bear as a result of "Storage Wars" and the popularity of similar programs. Read her nightmarish tale of dealing with auction overages, the county's red tape, and unmanageable auction attendance.
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09/26/2012

Do Americans Need Self-Storage?

An article on MSN suggests Americans should save their bucks and purge their stuff rather than pay a monthly self-storage rental bill. Of course, this isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last time someone takes aim at the “uselessness” of the self-storage industry. Here's a rebuttal to the article's seven points and why self-storage should be considered a valuable service.
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09/14/2012

If You Can’t Pay Attention to Your Self-Storage Customers, You Won’t Win Their Business

Do you give your self-storage customers your full attention? It is very hard to rent storage space if you aren't listening closely to your customers. They will know when you are not paying attention to them, and many will ultimately go find a company that will.
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09/05/2012

What Will the Slow Season Be Like for Self-Storage Operators This Year?

With the fall "slow" self-storage season just around the corner, the author ponders whether business will truly slowdown. Or has self-storage become so entrenched in society there is no longer a slow season for operators? ...
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08/30/2012

Lien Sales and the Military: What to Do When These Self-Storage Tenants Go Into Default

Lien sales have increased exponentially for most self-storage operators over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, nearly every self-storage operator has come across a military tenant in default at one time or another. As the law protects these tenants through the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), it’s vital self-storage owners not only understand SCRA, but follow it to the letter.
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08/22/2012

People Want Self-Storage. Is Your Team Driving Customers Away?

Customers need self-storage. Self-storage owners need to be aware of how employees are handling customers who are asking for us to rent them spaces. We cannot afford to let one customer leave our store without renting, especially if our staff is the reason they’re walking out the door.
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