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.

apartment construction

The Future of 3D Printing in Apartment Construction

3D Printing May Shape Future of Apartment Construction Multifamily property owners who want to see the future of construction may wish to turn their attention to a giant printer that will soon play a giant-sized role in the construction of a house. New advances in 3D print technology are pushing the limits of residential and[]

multifamily

Take Note: The Value of Handwritten Messages in Multifamily

Take a Page from History and Send a Meaningful Message to Multifamily Residents and Employees. Write it down. Today is National Handwriting Day. The origins of this salute to the art of handwriting traces to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) 40 years ago and is celebrated along with John Handcock’s birthday. Call it another landmark[]

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Home Depot Recommends Top Tools for Your Maintenance Team

There are no two ways about it: your maintenance team is often the face of your apartment community. So, why not show your appreciation for the value they add to the overall operation of the property and their contribution to resident satisfaction? The New Year is the perfect time to say a special thanks with[]

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Creating Functional Outdoor Spaces from Outdated Tennis Courts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[]

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