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.

Package Storage Systems

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[]

generation z

Will Your Apartment Communities Be Ready for Gen Z?

Generation Z is on the Horizon Much is already being said about Generation Z – thankfully for Millennials, who have been run through marketing ringers for the past few years in many industries beyond housing and marketers are already formulating plans to reach a generation that could be one step ahead of their Millennial predecessors. Gen[]

Apartment Utilities Savings

5 Tips to Saving Big Money Managing Apartment Utilities

Saving on Apartment Utilities More and more, all eyes are on energy and water usage. Investors, property owners and even residents pay close attention to utility bills. In some areas, local and state regulators require that energy performance be reported to the Environmental Protection Agency. The impact of utilities may seem to affect either the[]

Hurricane

6 Tips to Financially Prepare for a Hurricane

The mention of hurricane preparedness about this time each year is typically directed at homes and businesses along coast lines and brings to mind long lines at home improvement centers for plywood and supplies. Coastal cities and towns typically get hit hardest by hurricanes. But while not a primary driver of insured loss, hurricane risk[]

3 Warning Devices Every Apartment Needs

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), about half of home fire deaths result when people are sleeping from 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.  This year’s NFPA campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”, suggests the need for smoke alarms in every bedroom. Structure fires – residential[]

Energy Efficient Windows

4 Ways your Windows can Help Lower Energy Bills

Making Windows Energy-Efficient Approximately one-third of a home’s total heat loss usually occurs through windows and doors, according to the Natural Defense Resources Council. Escaping heat and intrusive cold air in the winter puts stress on HVAC systems, forcing them to run unnecessarily and consume expensive energy. Eliminating energy loss at windows will help better[]

Multifamily professional tries to handle difficult resident

P-E-R-F-O-R-M-ing So You Can Handle Difficult Residents

We’ve all had those customer experiences, the ones that we walk away from considering our sanity and wondering what we did to deserve them. They are the interactions in the leasing office or out on the grounds – even online – with irate or belligerent residents who seemingly want to punch your buttons to get[]

tankless water heater

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[]

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