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 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[]

decking materials

Upgrade Your Apartment Community with New Decking Materials

The arrival of fall means that your residents will likely be spending more time outdoors for cookouts, quiet conversation and general relaxation. In southern climates, patios made from concrete and decorative stone and pavers have proven to withstand weather and traffic during every season, making their installation preferable at apartments. Traditionally, wooden decks have required[]

automation

Finding the Balance Between Automation and Human Touch

Automation has its place in business and multifamily today. Busy workplaces and lifestyles require a little digital help when real, live, breathing humans can’t get to the phone or digital device. But not everything should be reduced to a digital series of commands or questions before narrowing down to an answer, place or resolution. At[]

business intelligence software

Using Business Intelligence, Benchmarking to Determine ROI on Renovations

A fact of multifamily is that apartments have to make ongoing investments to stay competitive in today’s market. A renovation or value-add strategy can align an older property to better compete with a newer community down the street, even one in a higher class. Community-wide overhauls of flooring, cabinets and appliances refresh units to attract[]

renter amenities

NMHC/Kingsley Report: Renters Prefer the Basics in Amenities

Apartment operators shouldn’t assume that today’s preferred renter amenities are defined by the regions where they operate. The 2017 National Multifamily Housing Council/Kingsley Renter Preference Report unveiled in October suggests apartment residents around the country have some very distinct favorites that don’t necessarily jive with where they live. The bi-annual report, which drew 272,000 responses[]

apartment construction

Building Environment Should Strengthen, Labor Shortages Could Persist in Multifamily

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) that measures builder’s confidence fell three points in September after hurricanes battered the Texas coast, Louisiana and Florida. The rating for newly built single-family homes fell to 64 on the index, down from 67 in August. While the index does not include apartment homes,[]

Defending Against Applicant Identity Fraud with Identity Verification

While it’s just a blip, apartment home and lease fraud is now being measured on the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft and fraud radar. Three years ago, identity fraud or theft related to the lease housing industry first showed up on the agency’s annual Consumer Sentinel report. The number of complaints − albeit just a[]

air-conditioning

Refrigerant Update: Status Quo for Multifamily Air-Conditioning

The most widely used refrigerant cooling today’s apartments, which appeared to be on the chopping block, is getting a stay of execution, at least for now. In early August the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot force manufacturers to replace refrigerants like R-410A that emit hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The news[]

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