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.

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Fair Housing Month: The History of the Fair Housing Act

April is Fair Housing Month, commemorating the signing of an important multifamily housing policy that prohibits discrimination. Yet, few may realize that the Fair Housing Act fought an uphill battle before being passed and that the early days of the Department of Housing and Urban Development were not without controversy.

Content Makes a Difference in Multifamily SEO

In a 1996 essay, Bill Gates looked into his cyber crystal ball two decades ago, he predicted that content would become king on the young Internet. Some in the information business will argue they’ve mastered the Internet to the extent that Gates referred. But in other realms, content is very much royalty, especially as it relates[]

Apartment Content Marketing: Telling Stories That Build Brands

Will Rogers captivated audiences with his frontier-style storytelling and humor. He found the right blend of content while appealing to the masses with a plain yet inspiring message. The youngest of eight children born in the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory in 1839, he was recognized for spinning rope on Vaudeville and became a household[]

Smart Home Technology: Managed versus Unmanaged Systems

Smart home technology is hardly vanilla these days. For an apartment community to provide residents with amenities like smart locks, smart thermostats, lighting and shades accessible through their smartphones, finding the right recipe may be akin to having too many cooks in the kitchen. The answer is boiling down to managed and unmanaged smart community[]

RealWorld 2019: Reliving the Magic

Taking a break from the glitz of Las Vegas, RealWorld 2019 captured the magic, imagination and inspiration known for one of America’s top vacation destinations in July. RealPage greeted customers and industry leaders for three days in Orlando and demonstrated how its software changes how people experience, utilize and monetize rental space for working, living[]

Introducing Market Analytics: The New Multifamily Market Research Standard

The new wave of multifamily market research has arrived, and it’s more telling than ever. Market Analytics, the industry’s only transaction-driven analytics platform that assembles full market transparency, launched in July, is a deeper dive of market data that more intensely combines the power of RealPage, Axiometrics, MPF Research and Real Capital Analytics. Its simple,[]

NMHC Toolkit Designed to Stimulate Affordability in Apartment Industry

The multifamily housing industry has reached the point of crisis in many communities where rent rises have surpassed households’ pay raises, straining affordability. Attempts – some of them successful – to enact rent control have cast a dark cloud, and leaders argue that mandatory limits to price increases aren’t a viable solution, now or tomorrow.[]

Performance Benchmarking: It’s Not Just Apples to Apples

Comparing apples to oranges in most cases is a study in futility. Fitting a round peg into a square hole usually isn’t possible. But in multifamily, equating two properties in different asset classes through benchmarking can offer some valuable insight, and even an opportunity to compete on a playing field that may seem uneven. RealPage[]

Gen Z is Here: Now What?

Generation Z is here, ready to begin making a nest. Whether the generation born in the mid-1990s chooses to lease or buy – and how quickly they purchase their first home – remains to be seen. At the National Apartment Association’s annual Apartmentalize in Denver in June, some of the buzz was about Gen Z[]

The Future of Short-Term Rental Management

The short-term rental industry has come a long way. Once mainly for vacation rental property owners with a few properties, business leaders in multifamily have started to add short-term rental units to their portfolios. Kigo Senior Vice President Matthew Hoffman says the industry has a lot to offer multifamily owners and managers if they keep[]

Marketing Trends Destined to Transform the Apartment Industry

Classic apartment marketing is becoming just that. What once was considered as being the four cornerstones of sales pitches – the 4Ps of product, price, place and promotion – are being transformed by those digital devices that consumers hold dear to their hearts, and hands in a new way. Smartphones and tablets continue to define[]

Apartmentalize Re-Affirms that the Apartment Industry is Hitting on All Cylinders

Leveraging data analytics improves NOI, Gen Z and Boomers are primed to make an impact on multifamily, maintenance is having greater influence on apartment brands and service animals are still a hot topic in the apartment industry. These topics and more were on the minds of multifamily professionals who converged in record numbers in June[]

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