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.

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[]

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[]

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