Tim Blackwell

Contributing Editor, Property Management Insider
President, Ballpark Impressions, LLC

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Tim Blackwell is a long-time publishing and printing executive in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who writes about the multifamily housing and transportation industries. He has contributed numerous articles to Property Management Insider, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the D/FW area. Blackwell is president of Ballpark Impressions, and publishes the Cowcatcher Magazine. He is a member of the Fort Worth Chapter/Society of Professional Journalists.

resident experience

How Lincoln Property Company Showcases the Resident Experience

Share Your Story campaign elicits resident reviews without really asking Lincoln Property Co.’s latest marketing campaign is proof that people love to tell stories. In an effort to generate positive feedback at its conventional apartment communities, Lincoln asked its residents to tell it like is it is in the Share Your Story contest. What the[]

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Creating Functional Outdoor Spaces from Outdated Tennis Courts

Property owners should be aware that the clock will eventually run out on big-ticket amenities like tennis courts. But the end of an era for some apartment perks could signal the beginning for others that ultimately strengthens the community’s bond.

apartment color trends

Going Green in 2017: Apartment Color Trends to Watch

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 Signals New Beginnings The outcome of the presidential election may be changing the way that developers, builders, and analysts view the apartment industry in 2017. And it will most certainly inspire how “green” multifamily gets in the coming year – in more ways than one. The incoming administration’s[]

multifamily design

Multifamily Design Trends to Watch in 2017

A new year means interior designers have wiped their palettes clean and reloaded with a fresh set of styles and crazes to outfit living spaces. Exhausted trends have faded into the horizon and new paint styles, kitchen and wall finishes and furniture looks are poised to make a run for multifamily design into 2017. With[]

revenue management

Growing the Pie on Revenue Management

Revenue management helps property managers find the right balance in rents Whether a community is leasing up for the first time, undergoing a makeover or just riding the ebb and flow of market cycles, apartment owners and operators must find the right balance in rent prices so their properties perform at maximum efficiency. However, equalizing[]

multifamily

The Longest 7th Inning in Multifamily History

Despite uncertainty, multifamily poised to continue extended run of current cycle A tumultuous presidential election that some blamed for rattling the U.S. economy beforehand but has since energized the market has unquestionably added another layer of uncertainty for the business sector. And, while apartment industry leaders may question what lies ahead just as others, multifamily[]

student housing

The State of Multifamily Construction

Higher construction and labor costs continue to challenge the housing industry, prompting newer strategies to build multifamily and student housing communities within budget and on schedule. Since the apartment boom launched a few years ago, developers and builders have battled a lack in skilled labor. In the last couple of years, materials prices – namely[]

student housing

Amenities that Drive Student Housing

Student housing design centers around social, educational experiences Far away from yesterday’s frat house lifestyle, student housing settings are designed to enhance not only the social but also the educational experiences on college campuses. The blueprints for living and communal spaces in towering habitats emphasize individual and collaborative learning to supplement the higher education experience.[]

No Train No Gain: Why Your Staff Needs Training

Multifamily housing employees want more training. At least that’s what a recent Pew Research Center survey about the American workforce and changing job market suggests. The U.S. employment landscape has morphed from hands-on tools to fingers on keyboards. Over the last 35 years, workers are rethinking the skills they have and what they will need[]

real estate

Transportation Revolution and Impact on Real Estate

Multifamily communities with spacious surface parking lots may be sitting on a gold mine if the new transportation revolution shifts into high gear as some expect. The combination of ride-handling and autonomous cars that is taking transportation by storm suggests that fewer vehicles will need urban and suburban parking spaces in the near future, analysts[]

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