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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10 Helpful Tips to Drive Online Payment Adoption

Multifamily housing providers may not be keeping up with the trends if they aren’t accepting and encouraging their residents to pay online. The latest apartment industry data suggests that writing rent checks are going the way of shag carpet. According to results from the National Multifamily Housing Council/Kingsley Associates 2015 Apartment Resident Preferences Survey, 78[]

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7 Ways Property Managers Can Safely Use Community Rooms and Clubhouses

Indoor and outdoor community gathering areas are considered a key amenity for residents, especially during a holiday any time of the year. Often used for resident parties and celebrations, the areas help strengthen communities and bring residents closer together through a night of food, fun and celebration. It goes without saying that residents who reserve[]

Let it Snow: New Eco-Friendly Snow Removal Technology

New advances in technology are changing the image and user-friendliness of those hulky, belching snow-chucking machines that chew through drifts and piles to clear driveways and walkways during the winter. Harder working machines, creature comforts and even a green component are making snow blowers an easier resource for multifamily properties to dig out of big[]

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5 Ways Spend Management Optimization Helps Maximize Savings

The value of spend management has been well-chronicled throughout the multifamily housing industry. In recent years, the changing landscape of apartment operations has put more emphasis on a comprehensive program that enables property management companies (PMCs) to purchase the right products at the right prices from the right vendors on an ongoing basis. The goal is[]

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How to Educate Apartment Residents on Appliance Use

Do your residents know how to operate their apartment appliances? Open the box to any new microwave, oven or washer/dryer combination and you’ll see an encyclopedia-style set of operating instructions. Whether they are put to use is another story. When a new resident is handed the keys to an apartment, an appliance operations manual or[]

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‘Tis the Season for Shopping … and Package Delivery Management

In a matter of hours, consumers will have wide eyes on Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains that stream across their cell phones, tablets and desktops. When they tap screens and punch keys, a new chain of online shopping events will unfold. What shoppers buy will once again bring into view on city streets parcel[]

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Top 4 Takeaways from NMHC OpTech 2015 

The wealth of vendors lining the hall with gizmos and gadgets at the National Multifamily Housing Council’s OpTech Conference & Exposition 2015 were proof technology has become fundamental to the apartment industry. When OpTech began a few years ago, talk was of technology to come. Today, tech has extended beyond and into everyday operations and[]

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How To Protect Rental Properties From Holiday Fire Disasters

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says the holidays are a time when fires, especially those resulting from cooking, are most likely. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home blazes, when fires are three times more likely than average to occur. Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are the second and third most active days for[]

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How to Plan Ahead for the Battle Against Snow

Create snow removal, winterization plans before Mother Nature drops in this fall In some parts of the country, winter-like weather can descend long before it’s time to carve the Thanksgiving turkey. It’s not uncommon for snowstorms to blanket parts of the Midwest and Northeast in the months leading up to the official start of winter. Early snowfall[]

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