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.

Backyards Are Creating More Opportunities for Multifamily Operators and Residents

The backyard retreat is an obvious perk of renting or owning a home that many residents don’t always experience in multifamily. And while the latest in common-area apartment design hopes to capture that garden or courtyard experience, there’s nothing like your own personal space for relaxing or contemplating work and life. In multifamily, backyards are[]

business intelligence software

Using Business Intelligence Software for Student Housing

Talk to any student housing operator and they’ll acknowledge a “rush” of a different kind on college campuses each year. Move-in day and the weeks leading up to it are intense as leasing agents try to fill beds, Resident Life is making roommate assignments and parents are calling to ask one more time what their[]

freezing temperatures

3 Tips to Prepare Your Property For Freezing Temperatures

The bite of cold winter air and freezing temperatures can have a lasting impact on your property’s landscape. Hard and moderate freezes can damage the foliage and roots systems of plants, bushes and grass, and in extreme cases lead to plant loss that requires a capital expense to rejuvenate the landscape before the spring. The[]

construction industry

Construction Industry Aims to Rebuild Workforce Through Youth

Strengthening the construction industry will be top of mind in Orlando in January when builders, designers and remodelers get the spotlight at the world’s largest residential construction show. It’s no secret that labor shortages have been a big roadblock for residential and construction since the country emerged from the recession in 2008. Multifamily has felt[]

smart home technology

Managing Smart Home Technology to Win Residents

Around conference circuits, much time and energy is spent on discussing the merits and values of in-apartment technology upgrades. Nearly every agenda yields a session or two on automation through digital infrastructure. November’s National Multihousing Council OpTech Education & Exposition was no exception. As a panel of seasoned property management and technology veterans touted the[]

multifamily market

As Expected, Multifamily Market Returning to Normal in 2017

A year ago, the consensus among multifamily leaders was that 2017 would be a tale of a storybook market cooling its heels. By last fall, analysts observed that a slowdown was already underway and would continue into the next year. Issues with affordability and funding loomed, as did price flattening due to a shake-up in[]

pet-friendly communities

Solving the Decline of Pet-Friendly Areas with Xeriscaping

Pet-friendly communities continue to be a desirable amenity, as well as a leash to bring in new apartment residents and retain others. Industry experts agree that a grassy park or designated area for dogs to stretch their legs, have a catch with their owner or do their business helps lease units and can command increased[]

How to Create Budget-Friendly Storage Space with Kitchen Cabinets

A detached garage with a small shop area went up at the Blackwell residence in 2017. Everything you’ve heard at multifamily sessions or read on Property Management Insider and other industry publications is true about the pitfalls of today’s construction industry. There’s far too much work to go around—at least in Texas—for the amount of[]

corporate social responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility in Multifamily

Because businesses big and small are more visible than ever, the power of corporate social responsibility has become larger than life. That feel-good culture of a company and its perception within the community defines an organization beyond its financial success. Good corporate social responsibility (CSR) is giving back to employees, customers and the community. However,[]

multifamily amenities

Top Multifamily Amenities and Services to Consider Next

Panelists speaking at the 2017 Marcus & Millichap Multifamily Forum in Dallas acknowledged that multifamily’s techno buzz is alluring but advised keeping a finger on the human touch when considering what amenities to pursue in the future. The expense and implementation of smart technology can lose its luster compared to a hands-on environment that promotes[]

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