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.

Maintenance and Residents

10 Ways your Maintenance Team can Improve the Resident Experience

How many times do your residents see the leasing staff compared to the maintenance team? Think about it. Before online payments, leasing office staff could count on seeing a resident up to a dozen times a year, at least when the rent was due. Now with conveniences such as resident portals and online leasing, residents[]

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Managing Storm Water Control in Multifamily

The frequency of extreme weather events in some parts of the country has landscapers and water conservationists rethinking storm water drainage and landscape design. While excessive rainfall and heavy runoff or flooding has swept away drought, it has also left some landscapes tattered and in need of repair. Dealing with water control in property management[]

Apartment Pricing Multifamily

Predictive Analysis is Now Leading the Evolution of Apartment Pricing

The modern age of the apartment industry is looking a little like America’s favorite pastime. New advances in revenue management, driven by data science remind many of the sabermetrics now prevalent in baseball. You may recall the story in 2002 of how Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, facing a low budget and the loss[]

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Thank You for Living with Us: Showing Appreciation to Multifamily Residents

Simply saying thank you can bring multifamily residents back for another round of living at your community. The apartment industry can learn from Sal Scognamillo at Patsy’s. Like his Italian restaurant in New York City, apartments today have a wealth of competition. Unlike Patsy’s, not many can say they have a rich history of housing big entertainers[]

Eliminating the Cost and Confusion of Online Payments

The multifamily housing industry and residents have embraced online payments as a fast, convenient method for paying rent. Property managers enjoy hassle-free online payment verification and the elimination of paper transaction headaches.  Residents enjoy the convenience of online transactions and flexibility in managing finances via multiple payment options. The Convenience of Online Payments Traditionally, the[]

Online Rent Payments

How to Accept and Make Online Payments Easier for Residents

A recent report notes that a growing number of retail, entertainment, and travel outlets are turning to self-service checkout kiosks for their customer service needs. For many businesses, kiosks have the ability to enable customers to make their purchases or check in quicker and avoid lines waiting for an agent or cashier. According to a[]

Water Conservation Multifamily

How Water Conservation is Impacting the Apartment Industry

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the U.S. has made substantial progress against the drought that has persisted in recent years. In January, 71.2 percent of the contiguous U.S. had no drought, compared to 53.6 percent a year ago. Water reservoirs are back to normal or exceeding capacity in some parts. Water conservation[]

Student Housing Multifamily

Turning Student Housing Units Quickly and Cost Effectively

Having a well-orchestrated plan for turning student housing units is as essential as a well-written mid-term paper. Because providers require all units to be turned at once, sound project management and a seamless plan are necessary to keep a steady workflow. A hiccup with a contractor can be costly and potentially jeopardize inventory availability. Creating[]

Paint in Multifamily

More Bang for your Bucket: How Paint Can Save Your Property Money

In the world of touching up or repainting to turn or redevelop apartments, what you see is really what you get. Using cheaper paints may look good at first glance but in certain lighting situations can show the wear and tear on walls caused by previous occupants. Using quality paint could save money for apartments[]

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3 Ways Your Property Maintenance Staff Can Become More Likable

You couldn’t help but like Dwayne Schneider, the Casanova-wanna-be superintendent who sauntered into our living rooms in the 1970s. Clad in a white t-shirt, blue jean vest and pants and tool belt, the slender, stylish Schneider became America’s lovable maintenance man who flushed the stereotypes of overweight and sloppy apartment repairmen in “One Day at[]

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