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.

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[]

Using Unauthorized Digital Content is Like Throwing Money in the Fire

Using Unauthorized Digital Content is Just like Burning Money

When a rental housing investor buys a property, many assets beyond the obvious fixtures and physical infrastructure come with the deal. When it comes to digital content, there is a financial risk property owners and managers need to consider before continuing use of such assets. The seller typically relinquishes some or all intellectual property, such[]

How to Say Goodbye to Spreadsheets for Senior Living Property Management

Cut and paste. Write formulas. Are they correct? Was that cell copied? Does that column total correctly? Let’s face it. Spreadsheets are no longer trés chic. They’re cumbersome, often inaccurate because of human error and bulky when reviewing and distributing all across the company. But most businesses rely on spreadsheets for budgeting, planning and forecasting[]

How JVM Realty Got Resident Buy-In for Online Payments

Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will automatically come. The apartment industry continues to implement and enjoy favorable adoption of online rent payments from residents. Drop boxes are being replaced with resident portals that allow renters to pay rent without leaving the comforts of their apartments. Employing the technology is only part of[]

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