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[]

How to Produce Eye-Catching Photography in Multifamily that Attracts Renters

How to Produce Eye-Catching Photography in Multifamily that Attracts Renters

A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. But when it comes to photography in multifamily, a shot featuring the property shouldn’t be that verbose. The right picture with the right angle, the right composition and the right lighting should send the very concise message to prospective renters that this is the place[]

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Fast Facts for Managing Prospective Renters’ Expectations

Surveys gauging how renters use technology to rent and live at apartments are taking on a sense of urgency at SatisFacts and ApartmentRatings.com. Because more renters are finding their homes on mobile, tablet and desktop applications, the leading multifamily research firm is going back to the well more often. Since the first technology-oriented survey emerged[]

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Data and Trends are Telling the Story in Multifamily

April’s Texas Apartment Association 2018 Education Conference was time to absorb not only some good fare and a slow stroll on the Riverwalk but emerging trends in the apartment industry. And maybe a moment to wishfully think about the chances of winning the raffle for a 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia that sat behind ropes on[]

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A Quick Take on Student Housing from InterFace 2018

A good thing about housing conferences is the wealth of information to learn. The better thing is that within those opportunities, extending from the hours of networking on couches and corner nooks in lounges and hallways, education sessions are prime real estate for new ideas. Yet how well the experts convey vital statistics, strategies and[]

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Improving the Resident Experience with Prompt Maintenance Assistance

The perception of maintenance is a much discussed topic in the industry today. Because maintenance personnel are frequently on the grounds, they have become the face of apartment communities. They are often more visible than the front office staff. According to Satisfacts, a multifamily industry provider of resident surveys focusing on retention and reputation management,[]

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The State of Student Housing: Mature and Realizing its Potential

The student housing industry continues to reach maturity, advancing far from its identity crisis several years ago shaped by drab on-campus dorms and keggers. Ultra-modern, amenity-laced properties have made moving away from home and living on or near campus highly desirable. But that’s not the half of it. As properties have evolved to complement the[]

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

I rarely get called Mr. Blackwell, although one colleague insists on greeting me that way. Just so you know, I’m no relation to the fashion czar who ruled Paris and Rodeo Drive until his death a decade ago. You may recall that his designs had no boundaries and that annual style lists of the rich[]

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How RISE is Innovating the Student Housing Experience

It’s hard to believe, but after all these years of understanding and catering to Millennials, Student Housing leaders are now turning to consumers born at the turn of the twenty-first century. Many of those who were born after 2000—designated as Generation Z—are now walking the grounds of college campuses. With their entrance comes the need[]

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The Multifamily Industry’s Return to Normalcy Offers Opportunity

With tailwinds from a wild and wooly ride lingering in some markets, multifamily housing leaders are returning to some fundamental operational principles. Eyes are being retrained on the basics of expense and revenue management, people and portfolio performance now that the industry has taken a collective big breath. At March’s Crittenden Multifamily Conference in Dallas,[]

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When Accessibility Noncompliance Puts Assisted Living Communities at Risk

Any assisted living property manager knows that accessibility noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is an issue. Residents who require mobility assistance or have a disability must be able to access the community just as any able-bodied person. Installation of ramps, grab bars and handicap parking places may signify that the property is compliant.[]

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