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.

Energy Market Update

U.S. Energy Information Administration Administrator Linda Capuano told the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives in February that the U.S. energy industry is in a transformational time. She punctuated that statement by noting that, for the first time in almost 70 years, the U.S. will be exporting more energy[]

Conquering Student Turn with Mobile Technology

Conquering Student Turn with Mobile Technology

Time is money when turning student housing units. Management and maintenance teams have to synchronize their efforts, and the best way to accomplish this task is through open, efficient communication. Facilities management software provides an accessible solution for student housing operators to see a more complete view of maintenance processes  ̶  from assigning work orders to[]

The Perfect Match for Optimizing your Vendor Management Program

Finding the right vendor in the right area has long been a challenge for multifamily operators. And for third-party service companies, getting new business has been difficult, sometimes forcing them to resort to door-to-door solicitation. But the gap is about to get tighter. This summer, RealPage is launching a new vendor management platform designed to[]

What are the Benefits of Paperless Document Management?

Property management companies deal with a massive amount of files and documents each day, from the corporate office to the site level. Apartments leave a large paper trail, which can create a number of problems. Reduce.org cites that the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper annually and nearly 70 percent of that winds[]

How to Master Affordable Housing Management

The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provides Affordable property owners and operators an additional Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) for federal Set-Aside – Income Averaging. It comes with a new set of complicated rules and regulations, but navigated correctly, the measure can have some real advantages for the Affordable Housing industry. In[]

Six Ways Revenue Management Software Benefits B and C Properties

Revenue management has become fundamental to property management, and many companies are overcoming the perception that it’s only for the big portfolios and those expansive Class A palaces. Class B and C properties are reaping the benefits of the analytical process for determining the right rent for any property in any market phase and at[]

Romancing the Renter: Proven Strategies for Higher Retention

Multifamily housing is filled with competition on every street corner. To stand out, operators obviously need to show some love to prospects and residents but the courtship goes beyond dropping off a gift basket. Engaging renters and providing that amazing living experience requires some romancing. The way to their hearts – and their rent –[]

What’s Ahead for the Affordable Housing Industry?

One of the most challenging obstacles that the Affordable Housing Industry is facing today is the difficulty to attract, hire and retain talent into their businesses. With a low unemployment rate and such a specialized industry, as it deals with many federal and state regulations, the markets are very competitive for the talent available. RealPage[]

Submeters in the Balance

A little more than a year into California’s mandate of submetering on all new apartments, water conservation continues to be a hot topic. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, California SB-7 took effect and dashed the future of master metering. All new apartments are now required to meter individual consumption and provide billing on each unit. The[]

Four Ways to Minimize the Risk and Maximize the Benefits of IoT

In a perfect Internet of Things (IoT) world, the skies are deep blue with connected smart thermostats, door locks and connected lighting. Alexa and Siri are in tune and sing like birds in splendid harmony. Renters bask in the automation and creature comforts that smart technology provides – whether it’s with their devices or those[]

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