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Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.

An industrial development agency in Elmont, Nassau County on Long Island, unanimously agreed to give a prospective self storage facility a sales tax exemption. The exemption consists of $258,750 and $20,475 off the mortgage recording tax. Also, the property tax bill will be frozen for three years. After that, it will slightly increase over the next 12 years. The proposed...

The Violet Township Board of Trustees held a meeting to consider rezoning some property to allow Storage One Self Storage to build a facility in their township. Local residents and those from a neighboring subdivision in the city of Pickerington attended to express both support and opposition to the zoning change. Storage One Self Storage seeks to build a 97,00 square-foot,...

A laser cannon moves horizontally back and forth on the bottom of the computer screen. The player fires at descending aliens that scurry back and forth horizontally on the screen as they advance toward the bottom of the screen. The more aliens hit by the cannon, the more aliens that descend in waves that come faster and faster. What game is this? It’s Space Invaders,...

Can there be such a thing as too much security? Can a self storage facility actually take too many precautions to insure that what tenants entrust in to their care remains safe? Ask the tenant and the answer is probably no—that is, until they see how much their rent is. Security does not come cheap. The more a self storage facility provides the more it has to charge....

Three years ago, Stuff Hotel, a San Antonio-based self storage business, installed solar panels on one of their facilities. The facility was a test case for them. They wanted to see how much savings they got before putting solar panels on their other facilities. The company installed a 28-kilowatt solar array at their facility at the 9018 Poteet Jourdanton Freeway location....

On January 25, sixteen-year old Makenzie Wethington, from Joshua, Texas, made a static-line skydiving jump. (That is where a parachute is attached to a line that automatically opens the parachute after the person jumps from the plane.) Her parachute opened but then Makenzie went into spiral fall. She fell approximately 3,500 feet to the ground and suffered a broken lumbar...

Because of its powdery and fluffy snow, Utah claims to have the greatest snow on earth. Park City is a mecca that draws skiers from around the world. Park City is also a great place to hold conferences and that is where Extra Space Storage recently held its annual Partner Conference. Company executives along with over 100 self storage owners for whom Extra Space Storage...

There comes a time where we all know someone that needs our help; or sometimes we could even be that person. During those times it can be nice to know that you are not alone; that someone out there cares and not necessarily because you are friends, but simply because caring for those in your community is the right thing to do. For many in the self storage industry being...

Many Americans have the dream of owning their own home. A place in the suburbs. A green lawn. White picket fence. Lilac bushes and petunias blooming in the yard. Gingham checked curtains hanging in the kitchen window. Kids playing in a tree house, shooting basketballs, and riding their bike in the driveway. Doug Duncan, Fanny Mae’s chief economist, says that people...

There are times when a lack of activity is good. It shows that things—whatever they may be—have not gotten worse. You could make an argument that they haven’t gotten better either, but sometimes that’s okay. However, for other things activity is a sign of something being healthy and vibrant. That is exactly how the self storage industry can be described—healthy,...