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 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[]

A Consultative Approach to Enhancing Revenue Management

A Consultative Approach to Enhancing Revenue Management

The analytics of an effective revenue management tool go a long way toward helping a multifamily property realize its full potential. But the real trick to getting the most out the software that has redefined multifamily management in recent years goes deeper. The churn in analytics that balances supply and demand for maximizing revenue growth[]

The 3 Tiers of a Property's Risk Management Strategy

The 3 Tiers of a Property’s Risk Management Strategy

With property operations, every day the sun sets and rises with the risk of incurring vacancy losses, bad debt, collection and concession losses, and more. “Do you have a risk management strategy?” It’s one of the top questions asked of property management companies, and many organizations mistake risk mitigation for risk management. If your company[]

Multifamily Accounting to Manage Projected Growth

Multifamily Accounting to Manage Projected Growth

A fundamental of economics is that when supply and demand meet in that coveted sweet spot, the piece of the pie usually gets larger. Never more true, is in the current multifamily housing cycle. The last five years haven’t disappointed, as transaction volume has reached record proportions, exceeding $100 billion annually. According to the National[]

Engage Prospects with Immersive Content at Any Property

Engage Prospects with Immersive Content at Any Property

The eyes of a prospective renter walking into the apartment at Acacia Pointe are immediately focused on living area. Plenty of light streams into the room, where neutral tones soften walls bordered by wide crown molding. A comfy couch and long ottoman look and relaxing, the back door opens to a balcony that promises fresh[]

Amenity Valuation - Are You Getting It Right?

Amenity Valuation: Are You Getting It Right?

As an apartment operator, do you know what residents think amenities are worth? In this amenity crazed market, multifamily housing leaders need to understand what features like hardwood floors, appliances types – even a unit with a view of the swimming pool – mean to property performance and leasing. Factoring key influences and property amenity[]

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