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.

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,[]

How Property Management Software can Help you Deal with Difficult Residents

Using Software for Handling Resident Needs There are varying approaches to handling difficult residents, an unenviable challenge for any property manager no matter how long the tenure in the multifamily housing business. Some industry experts suggest a formula of professionalism, firmness, and compassion to manage residents who are either overbearing or pesky. Others may want[]

Online Payments Apartment

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[]

Renters Insurance Clubhouse

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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