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.

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[]

property maintenance

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[]

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[]

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