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.

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[]

What’s Ahead for the U.S. Apartment Market?

The recent decline in home sales coupled with stronger apartment rent performance is creating some interesting dynamics in multifamily housing this year. A blazing hot home seller market cooled at the end of 2018 while apartment rent growth re-ignited coast to coast. Sales of existing U.S. homes ended a two-month swing of increases by taking[]

Simplifying Multi-Channel Marketing to Reach an Evolving Student Housing Market

For the arrival of each generation, student housing operators need to extend the welcome mat long before the key goes in the lock. In recent years, generational preferences made a big leap with Millennials and they continue to evolve with next group leasing student housing. The evolution is affecting the way operators produce and capture[]

How Much Data is Too Much? Finding Meaningful Multifamily Metrics

The question of “what’s the rent?” in multifamily has gotten more complex over the years. Establishing rent on distinctly different apartments is one thing and finding the sweet spot on comparative units is another. Today, many factors dictate the rent. Is it a new lease? Is it a renewal? What amenities are included? What time[]

The Right Blend to Maximize Leads and Conversions in Multifamily Marketing

The convergence of leasing, living and marketing with data analytics is changing multifamily marketing. So much that digital marketing is on the verge of a new frontier where property managers and operators can dial into precisely what kind of message they want to send. These are no longer the days when communities wanting to be[]

Short-Term Rentals Offer Multifamily Operators New Opportunities

The apartment industry has been no stranger to supplementing the rent roll by offering short and long-term rentals over the years. Owners and managers have stuck their toes into corporate housing, some providing designated blocks of units to accommodate executives and new hires at local companies and others working on a per-business basis to provide[]

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