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.

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[]

accounting software

Outsourcing Accounting Has Become a Competitive Advantage

Apartment acquisition is not just a question of having the investment capital in the tank, but also a matter of enough horsepower to get there. Expanding a property management portfolio requires effective administration of new properties, from onsite personnel to the back office. If there isn’t enough muscle, the profitability goals won’t be met. “I’ve[]

Anne Sadovsky

Multifamily’s Anne Sadovsky: The Queen of Fair Housing

Anne Sadovsky, the widely recognized multifamily and fair housing speaker and trainer, opens up about the secret to her longevity, her enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge and experiences, and her drive to make a difference.

benchmarking

Benchmarking Amenities to Determine Their True Value and Price

Apartment residents today are quick to say what amenities they most prefer. While surveys offer great insight, the ultimate way a renter communicates interest with certain features is by signing a lease. An amenity rich unit that sits vacant on the market too long is an indicator that the price may be too high. A[]

apartment demand

NMHC is Up for the Challenge of Meeting Apartment Demand

National Multifamily Housing Council President Doug Bibby is up for another big challenge, one that may consume the rest of his career in the apartment industry. With apartment demand projected to reach an additional 4.6 million households by 2030, he’ll have plenty to work on. And it may be no different than in 2001 when[]

LED lights

Fact or Fiction? LED Lights are a Smart Choice for Multifamily

Light-emitting diode or LED lights have been evolving at a rapid pace since becoming mainstream about a decade ago. The market was expected to reach $30.5 billion in 2016, up from $25.7 billion the previous year. Today, lighting pros say that LED efficiencies are improving, lasting longer and will continue to replace other lights in[]

Apartment Concepts

Efficiency by Design: Cost-Saving Apartment Concepts

A few years ago, building efficiencies were not top of the list for clients who sought new designs for multifamily dwellings. However, that has changed. The need to lower building costs by trimming the apartment fat is more pronounced at a time when renter demand has soared. In the past, multifamily projects with long corridors[]

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