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.

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Making the Connection: The Importance of a Senior Contact Center

A thriving senior housing market appears to be taking a page from the multifamily industry and empowering contact centers to capture new business. But the similarities end there. Senior housing – which includes independent living, assisted living and memory care – is a specialized leasing vertical that requires a little more attention and compassion during[]

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Simplifying Multifamily Water Irrigation

Web app can help properties avoid costly overwatering for free Water My Yard is a free app that can help Texas multifamily property managers to keep landscapes attractive year-round and reduce expensive overwatering practices. Fifty percent of landscape water is wasted by overwatering, often caused by needlessly running sprinkler systems. In recent years, evapotranspiration technology[]

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Dealing with Creepy Crawlies: Cockroach Management in Multifamily

Advances in roach treatment offer conveniences for properties, residents Before finishing his doctorate in entomology, Dr. Mike Merchant worked in the 1980s as a pest control specialist in Seattle. He keeps a blog – “Insects in the City” (say it out loud and you’ll get the pun) – specifically dedicated to the topic of urban[]

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Strategies for Cutting Energy and Water Usage in Multifamily Housing

ENERGY STAR® opens new opportunities for multifamily housing The multifamily industry has long questioned whether a stamp of approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is worthwhile. ENERGY STAR®, a voluntary energy efficiency program, shows some degree of success; however, some in the industry equate this certification as more of a merit badge than a[]

The Apartment of the Future is Here

The apartment of the future here and now The apartment of the future is by no means a new concept, but it pervades the social conscience as multifamily architects and designers adopt new styles and attempt new feats. To defy convention is the goal of any designer on the cutting edge. The original apartment of[]

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Top Apartment Kitchen and Bath Trends to Watch

Modern look and technology dominate 2017 kitchen and bath trends Traditional bathroom and kitchen styles have become outdated. Home designers say that contemporary-style kitchens and baths have pushed once popular Americana designs to the curb. The National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report indicates that Americans prefer clean-lined, bright[]

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The Transparent Future of Glass in Apartment Communities

New uses for glass can add unique effects to apartment design Picture a common area in an apartment. Now examine the construction of the room you’ve envisioned. Chances are, you imagined four opaque, textured walls – maybe in colors beyond the standard eggshell if you got creative. However, glass industry innovators and entrepreneurs are shattering[]

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The State of the Multifamily Industry in 2017

2017 multifamily outlook: Optimistic despite expected cooling after record cycle On Jan. 10, Apartment Association of Greater Dallas members packed their annual state-of-the-industry luncheon before a panel of industry professionals that included Steve Lamberti of Milestone Apartments REIT; Jay Denton of Axiometrics; Jeff Price of Jones Lang LaSalle; Jay Wagley of CBRE and Brian Tusa[]

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21st Century Communication in Multifamily Property Management

Team collaboration across a large apartment portfolio often proves challenging, particularly during growth cycles. Assembling the key players and sending an email alone takes time and money, and sometimes the message gets lost along the way, especially when it’s directed to so many inboxes. Still, according to 61 percent of those polled in a Pew Center[]

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Talking Trash: The Value of Keeping Your Apartment Community Clean

Increase revenue by relying on smarter waste services for your apartment community  Trash talk is hardly sexy, especially following a discussion about high-end apartment amenities, but Shawn Handrahan gave it a try at the recent Marcus & Millichap multifamily conference in Dallas. Handrahan is CEO and president of Valet Waste, which provides services for handling[]

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