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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Tankless Water Systems Heating Up the Multifamily Industry

Apartment owners who could be pinched by new regulations for gas and electric water heater tanks may be able to offer a hot new amenity to residents. Technological advances and lower costs are making tankless water heaters more attractive. The upside for residents is that water gets hotter faster and space once reserved for tanks[]

Eco-friendly city

Go Green: Rebates Available For Energy and Water-Saving Projects

Money that’s available to offset costs of energy-saving upgrades for apartments is getting more plentiful, plus it’s easier to find. Utility companies and municipalities in many states offer rebates, incentives and demand-response programs to the tune of billions each year to encourage federal facilities and consumers to cut energy use and demand. Incentives range from[]

What’s Hot: New Stovetop Technology to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Electric stovetops of the future will come with built-in sensors to help reduce kitchen fires Built-in sensory technology that shuts off electric coil burners to prevent kitchen cooking fires is about to become a hot commodity. The appliance industry and fire prevention officials are close to implementing a newly adopted standard that will require all[]

distressed multifamily property

Hidden Gems Await in Distressed Property Market for Multifamily Sector

Amid the new, glass high-rises and trendy podiums going up in the urban core and beyond are still some hidden gems. Bank distressed homes or apartments that need repairs await the right kind of owner who can add polish and create a comfortable, safe residential experience. The playing field for distressed property landlords doesn’t include[]

brand advocates in property management

Get People Talking: Leveraging the Power of Brand Advocates

Brand advocates or ambassadors aren’t new to business today. For years, celebrities handsomely hired as brand ambassadors have pitched everything from watches to furniture to Jell-O to credit cards. Can you remember Joe Namath in pantyhose? Brand ambassadors don’t work for free. In some cases, they earn more money than they bank in their profession. From[]

Revenue Management

Embracing Change: How to Adopt a Revenue Management System

Residents are paying more for new leases and renewals at the highest clip since its peak four years ago, according to recent data by MPF Research. Plenty factors into what has become a faster start to 2015 than what many predicted for this year. Simply, it’s a great time to be leasing apartments and getting rates[]

Power in Disruption: The Best User Conference in Multifamily Just Got Real

RealWorld 2015 User Conference The 2015 RealWorld User Conference was equal parts inspiring, educational and fun–a true breakout event for the multifamily housing industry and diversion from the RealWorld User Conferences of old. With sunny San Diego as the backdrop, the conference featured big brands like Yelp!, Marriott, Zillow, The Home Depot, HomeAway and StayAlfred. Over[]

Drone Technology: Taking Property Management to New Heights

Marketing properties through drone technology is no longer a fly-by-night operation. Once considered too futuristic for everyday business applications, drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are fast becoming a household item. It’s now possible to use a much smaller form of the robotic flying devices, mostly known for their stealthy military uses on a much[]

What’s New: How Analytics Offer a View of Apartment Operational Performance

The apartment industry is getting more savvy about using big data to better evaluate operating performance. New technology is making better sense of the abundance of information that is emerging every day from multifamily housing portfolios small and large. Software solutions that integrate with apartment management platforms are capable of analyzing more information so that[]

Ways to Retain Residents with New Technology

Floorplans, tile and carpet choices and color schemes done right can be eye candy for prospective residents when touring apartments. But there are other amenities that can leave powerful, lasting impressions with prospects. Room temperature, door locks, irrigation and security systems that can be controlled by smartphones, plus water-saving devices, are some simple, readily accessible[]

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