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.

How to Solve the Senior Rent Payment Puzzle [eBook]

Baby Boomers have adapted to the conveniences of online purchases at a much slower pace than their younger counterparts. Yet as this generation transitions into senior living, operating digitally is now a way of life for many and senior residents expect to be able to pay rent without writing a personal check. The average Boomer has 3.53[]

Student Housing Market Update: What’s Next?

The U.S. student housing market generally is in good health, but during any cycle the time eventually comes for some downshifting. Since rent growth and occupancy performance topped out from 2014-16, the student industry has downshifted slightly. RealPage Chief Economist Greg Willett said in a recent webcast that a slowdown in enrollment has affected rent[]

How Prometheus Real Estate and TGM Communities Control Energy Spending

It never hurts to ask. Just ask Mary Nitschke. Prometheus Real Estate’s director of ancillary services picked up the phone one day and called a rebate program administrator to explain an energy upgrade on a renovation for a 766-unit property in Prometheus’ portfolio. “Is there anything you can do for me?” Nitschke asked the person[]

Revenue Management: Proven in Any Market Cycle [eBook]

The U.S. apartment market continues to chug, but in moderation compared to much of its nine-year run. Some markets have softened, sparking some give and take in operational strategies. When markets soften, the focus naturally turns from rent growth to maintaining occupancy, which often leads to concessions for new leases and at the sacrifice of[]

RealWorld 2019: Taking the Pain Out of Leasing and Resident Services

Buying a car used to be like pulling teeth. Same as renting an apartment for the resident and property manager. Not too long ago, you had to pack a lunch (or dinner) when visiting the dealership to buy a new car because the buying experience was long and painful. Credit approvals and paperwork dragged out[]

How the Affordable Housing Industry Managed the Government Shutdown Together

January’s government shutdown found the Affordable housing industry grappling for a lifeline. Next to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development was the most affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Contract renewals were put on hold and much needed monthly payments to those properties stopped. Properties with limited[]

A Unified Approach to Multifamily Property Operations

A good elevator pitch is said to be one that lasts no longer than the elevator ride of 20 or 30 seconds. The message must be tightly persuasive to spark interest or an action or the respondent may simply get bored with it. People generally lose focus after about eight seconds, one second shy of[]

The Convergence of Data and Digital Marketing in Multifamily

The evolving multifamily industry is changing the way marketers and operators are cultivating leads and meeting occupancy goals. Classic marketing strategies are no longer the most effective way to drive critical revenue management decisions. Instead, the focus has turned to data and digital marketing for making key decisions that maximize return on investment regardless of[]

The Importance of Multifamily Energy Benchmarking

Benchmarking utilities has become a way of life in multifamily. Not long ago, the EPA introduced its Portfolio Manager, a repository for a commercial property’s utility consumption data for benchmarking. By 2014, the arduous task of establishing an equitable energy efficiency scoring system for multifamily properties had arrived and the EPA invited portfolios to track[]

RealWorld 2019: Connect. Discover. Exceed.

The property management industry cannot sit still. It doesn’t have time, because the speed of business – even the pace of the world – just doesn’t conform to neutral. Along with analytical complexities, innovation and heightened consumer expectations are driving the advancement in the industry. On one front, information technology is racking up data at an[]

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