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.

Three Ways Technology is Accelerating the Student Housing Industry

The student housing market appears to be poised for continued moderation. This year has seen a slowdown in leasing velocity and compression of rent growth, though there have been bright spots. Overall rent growth for U.S. student housing has compressed to 1.4 percent from 1.8 percent since last fall, according to the latest data. Peaks[]

Improving Expense Management with Mobile Facilities

Expense management is critical at any point during a run, but as cycles wane the need for preserving a budget lead or making up lost ground becomes more important. Eyes on spending get sharply focused on all operational facets, especially facilities management. The multifamily industry’s return to “normal” in 2018 has cast more attention on[]

The Near Future of the U.S. Apartment Market

The U.S. apartment market gained a bigger spark than most anticipated in the third quarter, a needed boost as the market approaches the seasonally slow year-end period. Annual rent growth of 3 percent for the quarter marked a shift from slowing price increases since the end of 2015. Strong leasing activity and tightening occupancy were[]

Three Solutions to Elevate Student Housing Industry Performance [eBook]

It’s never been a more exciting time to be in the student housing industry. In the last 20-plus years, student housing development has exploded, reaching a pinnacle in the last few. While the industry has normalized in recent months, the business approach continues to evolve. Changing market conditions dictate performance visibility down to the bed[]

Payment Platforms Reduce Fraud and Paperwork in the Affordable Segment

Payment Platforms Reduce Fraud and Paperwork in the Affordable Segment

Handling rent payments has always had unique challenges in the low-income housing market, causing additional administrative burden on top of already-complex housing rules and regulations. Property managers typically receive rent via money orders in the office, sometimes in multiple payments if rent is above $500, and manually post. Paying rent in person at the leasing[]

Apartment Amenities that Sell - Back to the Basics

Apartment Amenities that Sell: Back to the Basics

Just as much as you hear what sells in multifamily, behind closed doors apartment leaders are scratching their heads about the next frontier of amenities. Resident and pet pleasures and perks are sliced, diced and stewed in board rooms just about every day. As it is, many rental housing communities are already loaded to the[]

Technology Puts Muscle into Saving Time, Money in Residential, Commercial Construction

Technology Puts Muscle into Saving Time and Money on Construction

Ben Bruns of the Weitz Co. says that in some ways the construction industry was more efficient before World War II. Erecting buildings just didn’t take so long. At a recent student housing conference, the company’s national development director pointed to the Empire State Building as an example. Built in 1931, the wondrous tower stretched[]

Navigating Through ADA Compliance on Property Websites

Americans with Disabilities Act compliance is going beyond the physical equipment around the property and into the digital age. Website accessibility for the disabled has become a hot topic in recent years and the multifamily community needs to consider property website compliance. Earlier this year, regulations aimed at federal institutions to ensure website-accessibility compliance began[]

It’s up to Multifamily to Listen to What Gen Z Is Saying

It’s up to Multifamily to Listen to What Gen Z Is Saying

With the arrival of a new generation of renters, marketing strategies typically change in multifamily housing and other businesses. Millennials have made more impact in the apartment industry by transforming leasing and amenity preferences than any other generation. And Gen Z, the next wave coming into focus, isn’t just following suit. One thing both are[]

Future Renters and Apartment Demand Factors

Future Renters and Apartment Demand Factors

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  As the apartment industry runs through its cycles, changes in apartment demand and demographics are fostered by economic fluctuation. And with the expectation that the economy is on the cusp of a new direction, multifamily strategies are likely to shift. Various factors dictate apartment demand and how future renters[]

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