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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5 Ways Spend Management Optimization Helps Maximize Savings

The value of spend management has been well-chronicled throughout the multifamily housing industry. In recent years, the changing landscape of apartment operations has put more emphasis on a comprehensive program that enables property management companies (PMCs) to purchase the right products at the right prices from the right vendors on an ongoing basis. The goal is[]

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How to Educate Apartment Residents on Appliance Use

Do your residents know how to operate their apartment appliances? Open the box to any new microwave, oven or washer/dryer combination and you’ll see an encyclopedia-style set of operating instructions. Whether they are put to use is another story. When a new resident is handed the keys to an apartment, an appliance operations manual or[]

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‘Tis the Season for Shopping … and Package Delivery Management

In a matter of hours, consumers will have wide eyes on Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains that stream across their cell phones, tablets and desktops. When they tap screens and punch keys, a new chain of online shopping events will unfold. What shoppers buy will once again bring into view on city streets parcel[]

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Top 4 Takeaways from NMHC OpTech 2015 

The wealth of vendors lining the hall with gizmos and gadgets at the National Multifamily Housing Council’s OpTech Conference & Exposition 2015 were proof technology has become fundamental to the apartment industry. When OpTech began a few years ago, talk was of technology to come. Today, tech has extended beyond and into everyday operations and[]

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How To Protect Rental Properties From Holiday Fire Disasters

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says the holidays are a time when fires, especially those resulting from cooking, are most likely. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home blazes, when fires are three times more likely than average to occur. Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are the second and third most active days for[]

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How to Plan Ahead for the Battle Against Snow

Create snow removal, winterization plans before Mother Nature drops in this fall In some parts of the country, winter-like weather can descend long before it’s time to carve the Thanksgiving turkey. It’s not uncommon for snowstorms to blanket parts of the Midwest and Northeast in the months leading up to the official start of winter. Early snowfall[]

Mobile Maintenance Technology Increases Productivity, Shortens Response Times

Mobile Maintenance in Multifamily Mobile technology certainly enhances lease and renewal processes at apartments for busy, on-the-go residents while providing convenience for others. The same technology can be applied outside the leasing office to other parts of the property and provide similar resident benefits. A mobile app designed to handle the tedious documentation of maintaining[]

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3 Ways your Property can Maximize Compliance with Mandatory Renters Insurance

Adopting Renters Insurance Property managers have a fiduciary responsibility to apartment owners to make sure an asset is fully covered. The adoption of mandatory renters insurance into lease agreements has helped apartments better safeguard their assets and put responsibility on the resident. Full compliance pays great dividends not only for the property, but also for[]

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Package Storage Systems Help Properties and Residents Handle Deliveries

Handling Apartment Package Deliveries The influx of packages at apartments has attracted national headlines lately. Some properties are on board with receiving and holding parcels for residents, while others are not. Online shopping has grown, and FedEx is expecting record volume this holiday season. The company is expecting shipments to grow 12.4 percent from last[]

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