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 Cloud-Based Technology Can Save Maintenance Teams Time and Money

New tool technology is exceeding traditional definitions of improvements to the power tools that build and maintain multifamily housing. High-tech and blue-tooth enabled tools are not only designed to ease the chores of drilling, sawing and affixin’ but also save time and money. Cloud-Based Technology is Making Maintenance Mobile Tools have come a long way[]

Spend Management Multifamily

Properties can Add PEPP to their Step and Save through Spend Management

How effective are your spend management practices? Not many property managers or owners would turn down an opportunity to save $10,000, or they’d at least take a good look at how to do so. That’s what RealPage says is possible, when using the right spend management solutions. Based on a 200-unit apartment, a comprehensive spend[]

The Hottest Trends in Multifamily Outdoor Living

Summer is right around the corner, and the weather isn’t the only thing heating up. New trends are on the horizon in multifamily, and apartment communities are finding new ways to bring the full indoor living experience outdoors. The National Kitchen & Bath Association identified outdoor kitchens and living spaces as the hottest trends in[]

Maintenance and Residents

10 Ways your Maintenance Team can Improve the Resident Experience

How many times do your residents see the leasing staff compared to the maintenance team? Think about it. Before online payments, leasing office staff could count on seeing a resident up to a dozen times a year, at least when the rent was due. Now with conveniences such as resident portals and online leasing, residents[]

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Managing Storm Water Control in Multifamily

The frequency of extreme weather events in some parts of the country has landscapers and water conservationists rethinking storm water drainage and landscape design. While excessive rainfall and heavy runoff or flooding has swept away drought, it has also left some landscapes tattered and in need of repair. Dealing with water control in property management[]

Apartment Pricing Multifamily

Predictive Analysis is Now Leading the Evolution of Apartment Pricing

The modern age of the apartment industry is looking a little like America’s favorite pastime. New advances in revenue management, driven by data science remind many of the sabermetrics now prevalent in baseball. You may recall the story in 2002 of how Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, facing a low budget and the loss[]

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Thank You for Living with Us: Showing Appreciation to Multifamily Residents

Simply saying thank you can bring multifamily residents back for another round of living at your community. The apartment industry can learn from Sal Scognamillo at Patsy’s. Like his Italian restaurant in New York City, apartments today have a wealth of competition. Unlike Patsy’s, not many can say they have a rich history of housing big entertainers[]

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[]

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