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All Over Arizona, Development and Acquisitions Dominate Self-Storage News

Over the past 4 quarters, 35 new facilities opened, 48 sold, and 4 out of 5 owner/operators report facing new supply within 3 miles of their facility.

Yardi Matrix Working with AZSA to Provide Better Insight into Self-Storage Demand

Occupancy is the “holy grail” of self-storage data, say Jeff Adler and Isaac Hiatt of Yardi Matrix, leading data provider in our industry. Yardi is working with AZSA to develop a way to provide AZSA members access their market data in exchange for your occupancy data, thus creating a clearer picture of self-storage demand.

ACE Recycling to Hold Electronic Waste Drive at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Nov. 1

Do you or your tenants have old computers, televisions, batteries, cables, cameras, or other electronic equipment cluttering up your place of business? ACE Recycling has the solution: to celebrate its new ownership and business name, ACE is holding an Electronic Waste Drive.

Let Us Know: How was the AZSA Conference?

Speakers, exhibits, sponsors, venue, food, golf, networking, education...Did the AZSA conference deliver? We value your input! Let us know what worked, what didn't, and how we can continue to improve this event. Click the yellow "Conference Evaluation" button on every page of the AZSA website, select "Forms" at the bottom of the page, and respond to our digital survey in MeetingPulse - the app we used for Q&A and live polling throughout the conference.

AZSA Conference Sept. 25-26 - Register Now!

Embracing Change to Compete Today is more important than ever before. More competition, new technology, tight labor markets, economic uncertainty, new entrants to the market, consolidation of ownership...These topics and more comprise what AZSA President Dave King calls "amazing content." Read on for details and to register.

Golf Foursomes & Sponsorships Still Available

If you golf, this is the event for you: the Troon course is beautiful and it is the most fun AZSA event of the year. Please join us. If you are an owner and would like to play, contact us about finding you a spot on a team. If you are a vendor, purchase a foursome or sponsorship to treat your best clients and prospects to a fantastic day!

What to do about Delinquent Vehicles

AZSA gets more questions on this topic than any other operational issue. In this article, Attorney Richard Marmor summarizes the process for auctioning delinquent vehicles, which is elaborated both in his book (available to members in our online Store) and video series (available in Members area, left sidebar: Lien Sale Videos).

Envy Self-Storage & RV Grand Opening in Gilbert, Arizona

With 70,000+ square feet of self-storage and 76,000 square feet of covered and open RV and boat storage, AZSA member Envy Self-Storage and RV is open for business. This beautiful store features climate-controlled and drive-up units. It is managed by another AZSA Member: 180 Self-Storage, LLC.

You Did It: AZSA Voted Best of Business

Two years ago, ISS added a category for "the other 48 states" to their Best of Business Survey: Best State Association (Small). Before then, California and Texas had a monopoly on the "best" title. YOU voted AZSA the BEST this year and last year. Thank you!

How Digital Marketing Drives Leads and Revenue

Digital marketing helps self-storage businesses connect with the right people at the right time with the right message in order to drive leads and increase revenue. That’s the message G5’s James Malone gave in AZSA’s July 30 webinar, and he’ll elaborate on it in the closing session of the first day of our conference, September 25. For more on how to show up where your prospects and customers are (on their phones), read on.

SSA Negotiates Building Codes Changes

Changes to the 2021 building codes may help self-storage owners with plans to build or remodel.

Solar Array Provides Inner Space Low Energy Cost

AZSA members Inner Space Mini-Storage, managed by Argus Professional Storage Manage, and Sun Valley Solar Solutions team up to harness Arizona’s most abundant resource, the sun, to provide 72% of the facility’s energy.

Acquisitions and Development Still Soaring in Phoenix

For self-storage in the Valley of the Sun, the second quarter of 2019 continued to be brisk, with 9 transactions and 8 facility openings.

AZSA Member Denise Nunez Named One of Arizona’s Most Influential Women for 2019

Denise Nunez, Senior Vice President of NAI Horizon, is included on the Az Business and AZRE magazines' list of Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2019.

New Benefit for AZSA Owners: Access to Radius+ Data

Owner/Operator, Small Facility, and Prospective Owner Members of AZSA now have access to Radius+ data on competition, pricing, occupancy, new development, and more. Click on the headline to learn how to access this benefit.

AZSA in the News...

Have you seen our press coverage lately? AZSA is appearing everywhere! Check it out.

Action in the Arizona Self-Storage Market in Q2: 13 sold, 15 opened

From acquisitions to development, virtually every area of the state is experiencing action in the self-storage investment market. A 2Q19 vs 2Q18 comparison across the state shows transaction velocity on par for the same period, but still down for the year.

Yarnell Hill Wildfire Remembered

The fire was 6 years ago, but AZSA Member Phil Snyder remembers it like it was yesterday – and so does the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Brendan McDonough, who opened a drug and alcohol rehab center in the memory of his fallen brothers.

Think Green! As In: Whirlwind Golf Club!

The Annual AZSA Golf Tournament on September 24 is a great day to spend with colleagues before our conference begins. Sponsorships and Foursomes are now available.

You Know You Are In Arizona in July When...

It's a hot real estate market, but it's also just plain hot. Read on for a chuckle about the Arizona summer...

AZSA Elects 3 New Board Members

Joining an impressive slate of current AZSA board members are three new Directors. They bring fresh perspective and energy to the AZSA board, adding expertise that will be particularly valuable, given our industry's new higher-profile. Click the headline to read more.

Know the Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Tenant Insurance and Protection Plans

Recent lawsuits underscore the importance of employee training, having an employee manual, and knowing the do's and don'ts of selling tenant protection or tenant insurance.

Local Search: How to Score when Google Keeps Moving the Goalpost

Local SEO is changing. Deep pockets with huge budgets buy local search result "real estate" on the internet. How can you compete? Read on to see the top 7 things you can do to score in local search, even while Google keeps changing the rules.

Five New Self-Storage Facilities Opened in Phoenix in 1st Quarter of 2019

This year promises to be a record year for new facility openings. In addition to the 5 that opened in Q1, there are 33 more in various stages of construction. In spite of higher construction costs, another 45 were added to the planners' books.

AZSA's Auction Website Is Up & Running

You can list and edit your auctions once again. We are sorry for inconvenience caused by an unannounced upgrade by our server. Functionality was restored on Tuesday, May 21. If you encounter further difficulties, please let us know. And stay tuned for our upgraded, mobile responsive auction website soon!

Sales Velocity Down, Prices Up, and New Construction Continuing Strong in Q1 of 2019

The Arizona self-storage market continues to attract new investment. Activity in both sale/purchase of existing facilities and construction of new ones is strong in the first quarter of the year.

Drive More Customers to Your Business with Online Reviews and Google Local Service Ads

Online reviews have a huge impact on your bottom line. Google’s Local Service Ads (LSAs) post new challenges and opportunities for self-storage businesses to rank high on local search results and score high with online reviews.

Please Vote: AZSA's 2019 Board of Directors

Polls are now open. This year there are several new candidates for the AZSA Board of Directors, as well as current board members seeking re-election. Owner/Operator, Small Facility, and Associate Members in good standing (i.e. current with 2019 dues) are eligible to vote. Click on the headline for your ballot, which was also mailed to you. Ballots are due back to the AZSA office by May 9 and election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on May 16.

Bad Ideas Spread Fast

Self-storage is much more visible now, both to investors AND legislators. Unfavorable fees, taxes, and regulations are cropping up all over the country, in unexpected places, including small towns. Please be watchful and let us know about anything happening in your area. Read on for what is happening ELSEWHERE in the country. It is eye-opening and alarming.

A Managers View on Marketing - with a Personal Touch

In a world where there’s a lot of cookie-cutter pressure for your facility to be like “everybody else” – how your website looks and works, what you do to rank high on Google, who to hire to get that ranking, what you should look-smell-feel-and-sound like on-site – there’s room for a personal touch in our marketing efforts. Read on for pointers on how one AZSA Member, a Facility Manager, puts her facility on “top of mind” with prospective tenants.

Location Location Location

What’s the most important thing in real estate? Location. What’s the most important thing to a self-storage prospect? Location. What’s the most important thing in your marketing strategy? in LOCAL SEARCH. Can today’s consumer find you online? And rent from you there?

Nominations for 2019 AZSA Board of Directors & Pioneer Award Now Being Accepted

This is your opportunity to effect the growth and direction of the Arizona Self-Storage Association AND to acknowledge leaders in the AZSA community who have made significant contributions to the industry in our state.

10 Exhibiting Sponsorships Left for the 2019 Conference

Over 500 members of the Arizona self-storage community participate in the AZSA conference annually. If you are a vendor to the self-storage community and haven't gotten your Exhibiting Sponsorship yet, please do! Click on headline or "Read More" to make your purchase.

2019 Member Stickers are in the Mail

The 2019 stickers are in the mail to all owner/operator members who are current with AZSA dues.

Sales Velocity, Development Show No Signs of Slow Down

Sales velocity remains brisk and development continues at a fast pace in the Phoenix self-storage market. There are more facilities under construction and in the development pipeline now than there were a year ago, and more facilities sold in 2018 than in any of the last 5 years.

Tax Win: IRS Provides Clear Test on How 20% Deduction Applies to Rental Income, Exchanges

AZSA members are likely beneficiaries of recent IRS and Treasury Department guidance on the new 20% deduction on qualified business income. Click the headline or "Read More" to see the National Association of Realtors article from January 24, 2019.

You Did It Last Year. Ready to Do It Again? Voting ends March 30

Vote for AZSA - Best State Association (Small) in the ISS Best of Business survey. Last year they added a new category for "small" state associations, and YOUR VOTE put AZSA on top. Please click the headline to vote for us AZSA again this year. ISS shortened the voting time to 30 days, ending March 30, so please vote TODAY! Thank you!

AZSA Lease Revised

New revision of the AZSA lease has been distributed to all eLease users with a current membership. Didn't get your copy of the files? Check your profile to make sure your 2019 dues are paid and let us know!

Arizona Market Update 2018

Sales velocity in 2018 was as brisk as the previous year. Cap rates remain low, and Arizona continues to have two distinct markets for self-storage investment: class A newly constructed properties; and older class B and C facilities.

Interested in Health Care Coverage?

Please let us know. Click the headline to provide your feedback as the AZSA Board investigates new member benefits.

AZSA Drive By: Silverbell Self Storage is Marketing Away!

Our first drive by in Tucson reveals Silverbell Self Storage's Christmas Wrapping Unit, attracting customers and prospects in their 1-3-5 mile radius during the holiday season.

Marketing - 'Tis the Season, But These Ideas are Good All Year Round!

Sue Haviland's webinar is chock full of marketing ideas to implement now during the holiday season or any time of year. Topics include cause marketing, strategic alliances with local businesses, events, and many other ideas about how to connect with prospects in your 1-3-5 mile radius.

Frequently Asked Questions Address Your Concerns

From auctions to late fees, vehicles to protected property, your concerns are the basis of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in the Members Area. Check it out today and put your mind at ease, knowing you're following the law and implementing best practices.

AZSA Drive By: Storage Corral and Their Holiday Food Drive

Random acts of facility touring expand beyond Phoenix! See how new AZSA Member Storage Corral in Camp Verde took suggestions from AZSA's Holiday Marketing Webinar by Sue Haviland's and put them into action right away.

Self-Storage Demand Continues to Grow, and So Does Supply, as New Facilities Open Nationwide

Strong job growth supports increased demand. Average rental rates for climate controlled space in Phoenix continues to grow. Pipeline of new supply sees fewer new projects nationally.

Relative of Tenant Searching for Remains

The relative of a tenant seeks help finding cremation remains. The space was rented by Monique Anaya or Carlos Escalante. If you have any information, please click on the headline to help.

Ever Consider a Black Friday or Cyber Monday Special?

It’s not really a “self-storage thing" to do, but self-storage is doing a lot of things differently these days! So maybe a Black Friday or Cyber Monday Special should be in your plans for this month? Check out Mini-Storage Messenger's plans, and read about a small business that picked up an additional $67,000 in revenue with their first Cyber Monday special.

Protect Your Storage Site's Reputation - Online & Off!

When an online review can affect up to 250 future customers, and companies that proactively manage their online reputation grow 24% faster than their competitors who DON'T intentionally manage their reputations - you can't afford to ignore this! Yes, you, a self-storage facility, YOU need a reputation management plan. Want to learn more? Click the headline.

Don't Ignore Your Self-Storage Market's Vital Signs

Which metrics demonstrate a market's overall health? What are today's occupancy and rental rates in my market? Regardless of where these measures are today, how can I tell which direction the market is headed? High quality data-driven analytics provide answers for the self-storage industry.

Catch Attention, Interest, & Desire - Get Action

We all seek to earn customers' business and loyalty. AZSA's educational resources help you accomplish that by giving frequent focus to customer service and sales. A recent workshop developed by AZSA Member Terry Anderson, with Tenant Property Protection, focuses on a simple model: AIDA, helping you get Attention, Interest, & Desire that leads to Action.