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.

Email Marketing Multifamily

The Art of Email Marketing in Multifamily

Marketers are enjoying a healthy opportunity to move goods to consumers via email advertising, one that the multifamily industry should take note. A spokesperson for Pew Research Center said recently that email hasn’t lost its luster. “Email is to the digital age what stone-sharpening tools were in the prehistoric age – good for everything that[]

Renters Insurance Policy

Not all Renters Insurance Policies are Created Equally

Renters insurance policies come in varying sizes and shapes, and can be bundled with other coverages in an attempt to provide a better rate. But lumping renters insurance with auto policies and/or other types of coverage may cost residents more in the long run, or even force inadvertent cancellations. That doesn’t bode well for property[]

Apartment Package Delivery

How Technology Can Fix the Package Delivery Problem

Have package deliveries to your apartment community gotten out of control? Have you considered letting technology help handle the glut? Multifamily housing leaders have said that some automated and digitally-enabled package systems are helping their communities manage hundreds of daily packages they receive during peak periods throughout the year. Rick Haughey, Vice President, Industry Technology[]

Selling the Sizzle to Deliver Value and Retain Residents

What distinguishes one multifamily community from the other today goes beyond exterior architecture or color choices for walls. The ability to provide residents with the tools to nurture their social lives or improve their living experiences with the same ease as an evening stroll is redefining what separates apartments. The Value of Resident Portals In[]

Budgeting Property Management

What Went Wrong with Your Budget and How Can You Improve it?

Your budget year has just begun and already it’s out of whack. Even though occupancy is trending with the national average or better, expenses are unexplainably showing variances that need to be explained. How could this happen? Examining your Budgeting Process One way is that your managers were not mentored on how to read and[]

2016 Design Trends

Contemporary and Convenient: 2016 Kitchen and Bathroom Design Trends

America’s kitchens and baths continue to be a little bit country and a little bit city, with built-in conveniences that extend to the family pet. Transitional styles dominate bath, kitchen trends for 2016 with room for pets Transitional-style architecture and neutral colors were popular in 2015 and are expected to remain in vogue this year,[]

12 Ways a Vendor Network can Strengthen Vendor Relationships

The vast world of multifamily can be difficult for vendors and contractors to navigate. Vendor networks offer companies that provide services relevant to apartment operation a way to find the thousands of properties who often need help. But the success of vendors – and the ultimate benefit they provide to property managers – depends on[]

Multifamily Construction 2016

Urban Core Continues to Drive Apartment Designs and Construction

As recent as a decade ago, apartment design and construction were more than a stone’s throw from the urban core. Since then, demographics have changed, altering the approach of one of the country’s leading multifamily and student housing architects. Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P., which celebrates its 25th year in 2016, is spending more time on[]

Toilet Talk: How Your Property Could be Losing Money

Is Your Property Flushing Money Away? While we’ve all heard that leaky toilets costs can add up, even functioning toilets have historically been big water users. Nearly 27 percent of water used inside homes goes through toilets, much more than in showers, washing machines or faucets. A leaky toilet cost one New York City resident[]

Putting Personality Back into Property Management

Putting the Personality Back into Property Management

Technology and automation have answers to almost everything in our lives today. We ask it to turn on our heat when we’re far away, and it obliges. We want a ride near a busy street corner, and it finds us a car. We want to be able to pay bills without leaving the kitchen table,[]

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