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.

apartment of the future

Embracing Disruption: The Apartment of the Future

As stewards of the multifamily housing industry, we each have visions for the apartment of the future. Some may see it as a techno-eccentric unit, a place in a world unto itself that stimulates the imagination and promotes self-indulgence in urban playgrounds. Others could argue it supports sophistication, lifestyle and basic essentials and redefines the[]

senior living

How to Create Lead-Generating Content that Embodies Senior Living

Just a mention of amenities at a senior living property on a website is not always enough to engage prospective residents. With more than one family member often making a move-in decision, skimming the surface won’t do. As consumers’ specific needs increase for using online resources for everything from buying food to finding a place[]

Turning Multifamily Maintenance into Renewals

Turning Multifamily Maintenance into Renewals

A Paul Rhodes education session is always a good way to spend part of the day at a multifamily conference, especially after lunch when the eyes get heavy. His sermon-like presentations always grab everybody’s attention. There’s bound to be a hallelujah or two. His session on how to turn maintenance into renewals in multifamily didn’t[]

spring landscapes

Some Spring Landscapes May be Delayed by Heavy March Snows

Four Nor’easters that poured loads of snow in the eastern U.S. so far in March have no doubt stalled or delayed spring landscape preparations at apartment communities from the southern Appalachians to New England. Property managers trying to get a jump on sprucing up the grounds in advance of peak leasing season have seen green[]

DepositIQ

How RealPage DepositIQ is Changing the Game of Security Deposits

Many a lease has been lost when the deal comes down to the cost of the security deposit. Most property managers will agree that a high deposit can discourage an applicant as much as rent cost. Suffice to say, the necessary pledge by the resident to keep the apartment fit as a fiddle, once equal[]

spring in multifamily

3 Steps to a Green Spring in Multifamily

Every year, after the Superbowl is over in February and winter starts to fade away, it’s time to get about the business of spring. With the cleats hung up for the season, lawn implements like rakes, fertilizer spreaders and pruning shears take center stage everywhere. For apartments, this time of year is an opportunity to[]

portfolio asset management

The Next Generation in Metric Management

In today’s review-centric world, an internet search for a business usually yields some sort of quick rating or score as a guide. Three stars. Four stars. Five stars. Ratings can give the user a fast assessment of a business, event or product or feature.  A good star rating twinkles success, while a bad one suggests[]

renter engagement suite

How to Connect with Renters in a Technology-Driven World

The clock is ticking when a prospect searches online for an apartment. Most marketers know that consumers spend only a minute or less—sometimes fewer than 10 seconds—before moving on if not satisfied with what’s on the screen. As far back as 2011, the Nielson Norman Group, a West Coast consulting firm that specializes in the[]

internet of things

The Internet of Things is More than Just Nest-Deep in Multifamily

Talk to a facilities manager and property manager about the Internet of Things and you’ll probably get two very different perspectives. A property manager may have visions of IoT toys, those smart devices designed to make life a little easier, while the facilities manager might focus on system management. A bigger difference is that the[]

How to Determine Asset Health and Performance Through KPIs

How to Determine Asset Health and Performance Through KPIs

Analysis of detailed operational metrics is just one way to assist in determining asset health. The view down below reveals various performance metrics essential to driving key day-to-day decisions for property managers. But asset managers need a picture from 15,000 feet to fully decipher the true fitness of the asset and whether it is tracking[]

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