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.

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[]

Budgeting Property Management

What Went Wrong with Your Budget and How Can You Improve it?

Your budget year has just begun and already it’s out of whack. Even though occupancy is trending with the national average or better, expenses are unexplainably showing variances that need to be explained. How could this happen? Examining your Budgeting Process One way is that your managers were not mentored on how to read and[]

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[]

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