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.

Fully-Integrated Spend Management and Job Costing Joins Financial Suite

The RealPage Financial Suite just launched a major enhancement with the addition of Spend Management and Job Costing solutions that tightly integrated both with one another and with Accounting. “We’ve brought the whole scope of spending under a single umbrella,” says RealPage Financial Suite Vice President Dan Newbern. “Whether you’re talking about operational purchasing at sites[]

How to Protect Sensitive Multifamily Data with Outsourced IT Services

In the constantly revolving internet technology world that seemingly is getting faster and smarter, data breaches remain a nagging thorn in the side. Despite new advances in antivirus technology, device protection is more essential than ever. Each year, IBM Security teams with the Ponemon Institute to determine the global cost of data breaches. The  2018[]

RealPage Energy Summit: The Power of Connecting

The best and brightest in multifamily utility management are convening this spring at the RealPage Energy Summit. At the company’s Richardson, Texas headquarters April 16-18, experts will offer a deep dive into the latest energy trends and regulations, and like-minded professionals will tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the industry.  Explore energy benchmarking Energy benchmarking[]

Women of Student Housing: Empowering Others to Succeed

Behind the scenes of the National Apartment Association’s CampusConnex in Orlando this February, about 30 women in the student housing industry gathered. Many were colleagues, coworkers and even competitors, vying for the growing share of the student housing industry. As with any gathering of competing companies, the air could have been tense. That was hardly[]

How to Deliver a Connected Student Living Experience

The student property management industry, like many others, is becoming very connected. As one might expect, putting heads in beds largely comes down to finding where students are online.  For student housing operators, increasing resident retention and creating a sense of community now extends from the pool and club room to online venues. Frequenting social[]

Energizing the Affordable Market through Utility Data

While it may sound dull, utility data is pretty exhilarating. The amount of data on a property’s bill is a road map to operational efficiency. It can uncover costly energy and water waste that can be reduced or eliminated, resulting in significant monetary savings. It’s like mining gold, says RealPage Senior Vice President of Spend[]

Ensuring Security and Visibility for Multifamily I.T. 

In the steady churn of multifamily properties, a portfolio’s I.T. integrity can get lost. New acquisitions or operator changes can leave a company behind the times – and sometimes vulnerable – when on-boarding information technology, whether making improvements to existing equipment or starting anew to sync with the corporate office. In most cases, upgrades of[]

How to Get the Renter Love you Deserve [eBook]

The old adage that first impressions matter is never truer when it comes to renter engagement in multifamily housing. It used to be that a spiffy, tour-ready property and apartment and a knowledgeable and gracious leasing agent was the recipe for selling leases. Today, it’s a different ball game. In this information-crazed world, renters already[]

Five Key Areas to Cut Costs in Affordable Housing [eBook]

Only 35 Affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low income (ELI) renter households in the United States, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Affordable property owners and managers are tasked with meeting demand through limited resources, and they must exercise cost control to ensure operations are most efficient. “As public funding[]

Hitting a Home Run with Value-Added Construction

Call it the longest seventh inning in the apartment cycle that has been seen over the last two decades. Five years ago was perhaps the pinnacle of value-add construction, and the market still holds opportunities for multifamily developers and owners to capitalize on apartment upgrades. They’re just a little more difficult to find, which means[]

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