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[]

NMHC OpTech 2018: Getting to the BI Metrics that Matter

A treat each year at the National Multifamily Housing Council’s OpTech Conference & Exposition is unveiling or examining apartment industry trends. Every other year, the NMHC/Kingsley Resident Preferences Report forces a few subtle realities of what residents really want. Last November, the report drew oohs and aahs from those who filled the Islander Ballroom at[]

How Resident Mix Impacts the Conventional Apartment Market

The old real estate axiom of “location, location, location” is taking on a new meaning in the world of data analytics for the apartment market. Property appeal often is dictated by its proximity to transportation as well as schools, restaurants, shopping and other urban amenities. The closer the apartment is to these and other creature[]

Demystifying Multifamily Energy Procurement

A lot has happened to the energy management market in the last 20 years. A few decades ago, pricing was steady, except for when utility companies filed for an increase because they didn’t achieve a desired rate of return over time. As they frequently went to the well, the game began to change. State legislators enacted[]

Three Ways Technology is Accelerating the Student Housing Industry

The student housing market appears to be poised for continued moderation. This year has seen a slowdown in leasing velocity and compression of rent growth, though there have been bright spots. Overall rent growth for U.S. student housing has compressed to 1.4 percent from 1.8 percent since last fall, according to the latest data. Peaks[]

Improving Expense Management with Mobile Facilities

Expense management is critical at any point during a run, but as cycles wane the need for preserving a budget lead or making up lost ground becomes more important. Eyes on spending get sharply focused on all operational facets, especially facilities management. The multifamily industry’s return to “normal” in 2018 has cast more attention on[]

The Near Future of the U.S. Apartment Market

The U.S. apartment market gained a bigger spark than most anticipated in the third quarter, a needed boost as the market approaches the seasonally slow year-end period. Annual rent growth of 3 percent for the quarter marked a shift from slowing price increases since the end of 2015. Strong leasing activity and tightening occupancy were[]

Three Solutions to Elevate Student Housing Industry Performance [eBook]

It’s never been a more exciting time to be in the student housing industry. In the last 20-plus years, student housing development has exploded, reaching a pinnacle in the last few. While the industry has normalized in recent months, the business approach continues to evolve. Changing market conditions dictate performance visibility down to the bed[]

Payment Platforms Reduce Fraud and Paperwork in the Affordable Segment

Payment Platforms Reduce Fraud and Paperwork in the Affordable Segment

Handling rent payments has always had unique challenges in the low-income housing market, causing additional administrative burden on top of already-complex housing rules and regulations. Property managers typically receive rent via money orders in the office, sometimes in multiple payments if rent is above $500, and manually post. Paying rent in person at the leasing[]

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[]

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