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.

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[]

Minimize Crime at Senior Communities with Resident Screening

Minimize Crime at Senior Communities with Resident Screening

Millions of Americans look forward to retirement, when years of hard work are traded for relaxation, adventure and independence. Most assume they’ll live out their days in a safe haven, whether it be at home or in independent or assisted living senior communities. At home, neighborhoods may change and fall into urban blight as demographics[]

accounting

Alleviating the Year-End Rush with a Better Plan

The year-end accounting season in the first quarter may seem like a fire drill for some property management accounting teams, especially if due diligence through previous 12 months hasn’t been done. For the unprepared, a year’s worth of reporting and audit preparation gets boiled down to 90 fast days, and the end may leave even[]

The Rising Cost of Apartment Construction: It’s More than Labor Shortage

Much has been made about the impact on construction of a weakened skilled labor force, but the shortage of workers isn’t the only reason some projects are delivering late and costing more. Increasingly difficult apartment designs and regulatory issues are among several factors that have slowed progress at a time when units can’t be delivered[]

Quick and Easy Vendor Certification with Credential Key

Quick and Easy Vendor Certification with RealPage Credential Key

It’s 3 a.m. and a resident dials your contact center. The floor in the apartment is flooding, water is inching up the walls and the resident is helpless. You call your preferred plumber and get a recording that the company is closed for the week for a much needed vacation. Other vendors in your tool[]

multifamily

Thinking Outside of the Box in Multifamily

Buzzwords come and go in multifamily like in any other industry. “Crushed it!” was introduced what seems like yesterday, but it’s already in the Urban Dictionary graveyard, to be replaced by something a little more up to date. So pardon me when I show my age by “thinking outside the box.” That catchphrase went out[]

Technology Products for Multifamily Smart Homes

Smart Home Technology Offers More Options for Multifamily

As expected, the latest smart home technology beamed at January’s 2018 National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show in Orlando. A wealth of home connectivity gizmos promised the latest in creature comforts as home living continues to drive into the next century, whether applied under one roof in the suburbs or in an apartment[]

The Top Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018

Home building professionals are painting the latest kitchen and bath trends broader than a barn door. Influenced by the home improvement television craze, farmhouse kitchens have finally overtaken traditional styles, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association 2018 Design Trends Report released in January at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show.[]

accounting and operations software

Navigating Multifamily with Accounting and Operations Dashboards

The depth of information about vehicle performance available on today’s electronic dashboards is light years ahead of the basic speed, fuel, temperature, tachometer and voltage gauges common on cars 40 and 50 years ago. And rightfully so. Cars are far more complex than those gear-noshing metal beasts in the golden age of automobiles. Driving conditions[]

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