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Maria Gatea

Maria Gatea is a real estate and lifestyle editor for Yardi with a background in Journalism and Communication. After covering business and finance-related topics as a freelance writer for 15 years, she is now focusing on researching and writing about the real estate industry. You may contact Maria via email.

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Self Storage Rates Continue Negative Growth Trend, with Arizona’s Chandler and Tempe Seeing Double-Digit Drops

National self storage rates experienced a 4.3% decrease this past February Chandler and Tempe, in Arizona, saw double-digit drops in self storage street rates Brownsville,…

How To Organize Your Self Storage Unit For Optimal Use

Renting self storage is a smart way of optimizing your space at home — but your storage unit also needs optimizing. Most people usually pay…

A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Self Storage in Seattle

Living in Seattle comes with some great perks, including access to one of the country’s most dynamic job markets, diverse communities, fantastic coffee culture, great…

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Self Storage Rates Dip in 90% of the Nation’s Biggest Cities

National self storage street rates dropped by 3% year-over-year in January 2024 About 90% of the country’s top 150 cities experienced self storage street rate…

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Five Ways That Self Storage Can Help Parents Living in Salt Lake City

Parenting has many joys, but the messes children often create in our homes are not one of them. The myriad of big and small items…

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Self Storage Market Experiences Continued Cool Down, with Double-Digit Drops in 6% of the Nation’s Largest Cities

National self storage rates dropped by 3.2% year-over-year in December Self storage street rates decreased in 79% of the country’s largest 150 cities Hialeah, FL,…

Here’s How to Store Your Christmas Decorations so That You Can Enjoy Them Year After Year

The holiday season brings joy and cheer, but once the festivities wind down, it’s time to take everything down — and learning how to store…

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Five Great Home Organizers to Follow for Genius Storage Tips

In a world filled with possessions and clutter, the art of efficient storage is nothing short of a superpower. We all have experienced the all-too-common…

Here’s Where, and How, Newlyweds Can Thrive Financially

Couples have a financial advantage over their single counterparts: Dual incomes and shared expenses are, indeed, great extra perks of getting married. Where the couples…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Storing Your Belongings in Self Storage

Self storage offers a versatile, practical solution for individuals and businesses seeking extra space or a temporary home for their belongings. Whether you are moving,…

The Midwest and South Are Home to Clusters of Minimalism-Oriented Cities but Salt Lake City Is the Nation’s Minimalist Heaven

Salt Lake City is the best US city for minimalists, followed by Arlington, VA, and St. Paul, MN. Most cities that provide the right mix…

How to Winterize Your Motorcycle in Eight Easy Steps

Temperatures are dropping, and the days are getting shorter. These are clear signs that, on one hand,  pumpkin spice lattes will soon become the drink…

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Here’s How to Winterize Your Balcony Furniture and Other Outdoor Décor

If you’re lucky enough to live in an apartment with a balcony, you probably already turned it into a nice green oasis completed with some…

7 Smart Ways to Maximize the Space Inside Your Small Studio Apartment

Renting a studio apartment can be the right choice financially, especially for those living in large urban hotspots where living space is at a premium….

12 Garage Storage Ideas for an Organized Space

Let’s be honest: Maintaining a neat, tidy and functional garage is a challenge for most of us. Over time, the garage tends to slowly become…

Most Popular in San Jose, CA, and Phoenix, AZ, Professional Organizers Can Take Your Home From Drab To Fab in no Time

In the fast-paced world of home organization, the need for professional organizers has become increasingly prevalent. They have the skills to transform chaotic and cluttered…

Self Storage Rates Continue to Drop Year-Over-Year, but at a Slower Pace, With Signs of Steadying Month-Over-Month Changes

  Self storage rates dropped by 3.8% nationally year-over-year in May 2023 However, prices registered a slight 0.8% increase month-over-month at a national level 73%…

Here’s How Self Storage Rates Compare In Greater Austin’s Biggest Cities

The vibrant region of Greater Austin, where the urban sprawl meets the charming Texan countryside, is a veritable magnet for people from all around the…

Henderson, NV, and Gilbert, AZ, Top The List Of Cities Where Renters Enjoy Plenty Of Storage Space

As cities continue to grow and attract more residents, living spaces can become increasingly cramped, leaving renters struggling to find room for their belongings. However,…

The Ultimate Self Storage Guide: From Location And The Right Unit Size To Amenities, Insurance And More

Self storage is a popular, useful service, appealing to large categories of Americans. We use self storage while moving, downsizing, remodeling, or simply storing some…

5 Clothing Storage Solutions to Maximize Closet Space

How many clothes should one person have? This question doesn’t have an easy answer because there isn’t a magic number that satisfies all needs and…

Here’s How To Prepare And Pack Your Possessions For Self Storage

Storing extra belongings in a self storage unit is a solution used by many to solve the all-too-common issue of not having enough space at…

How to Turn Your Virginia Beach Garden into a Peaceful Retreat

With its humid, subtropical climate, hot summers and mild winters, Virginia Beach has the kind of weather that allows people to spend time outdoors most…

Here’s How to Make Sure You Rent the Right Storage Unit Size for Your Needs

Renting self storage helps people live comfortably in their homes, without being overwhelmed by possessions, while also making sure that their belongings are in good…

Sweet-Toothed in Denver? Check Out These Amazing Local Bakeries!

Denver, Colorado, known for its stunning mountain views and outdoor recreation opportunities, is also a well-known hub for small businesses. The city’s vibrant economy and…

5 Ways to Store Your Bike When Living in a Small Apartment

Biking is a popular activity in the U.S., both as a form of recreation and means of transportation — there are around 52M bicycle riders…

5 Ways In Which Self Storage Can Help Millennials Achieve Their Goals

About 30% of millennial renters are using self storage, according to one of our surveys — and for good reasons, as self storage fits the…

How To Maximize Space In Your Small Washington D.C. Apartment

Washington, D.C., is a popular destination for Americans, particularly those in search of educational and career opportunities. Whether you plan to further your education, or…

Self Storage Insurance — What It Is, Why You Need It, and Where to Get It

Getting insurance for the belongings in your self storage unit is not only smart, but it’s usually mandatory — most self storage facilities require that…

The Most Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Land for Homebuilding

Building a custom home, one that suits all the wants and needs of its owner, is a dream for many of us. But before you…