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[]

Embracing a Technology-Focused Apartment Marketing Strategy

Mobile technology is becoming more in demand in multifamily housing, according to some of the latest survey data. And websites need to get right to the point or prospective renters will move on to the next community. Lia Nicole Smith, Vice President of Education and Performance for SatisFacts and ApartmentRatings, said all indications are that[]

The Affordable Housing Industry: New Technology and Hot Topics

Affordable housing owners and operators can learn about the latest regulatory updates as well as new technology drivers for the industry at RealWorld 2019. Customized for one of the largest audiences at RealWorld, the Affordable track will address key topics that are on everybody’s minds. Keys to improving day-to-day business for Affordable RealPage Senior Vice[]

Five Revenue Management Strategies to Achieve Investment Goals

When it comes to revenue management, many question how to use it and whether it can really work for their assets and strategy. Contrary to common belief, revenue management is not about revenue maximization – it’s about optimizing revenue and achieving your investment goals, for any property type. RealPage Senior Vice President of Revenue Management[]

Beyond Rent: How to Unlock Other Benefits of Revenue Management

Revenue management isn’t just about establishing rent prices in multifamily housing. Many apartment operators believe that industry solutions are sort of a one-trick pony – they set rent and are limited to certain classes and leasing verticals. Not true, according to industry experts. Upwards of a quarter of the multifamily industry uses revenue management tools,[]

Avoiding Fraud with the Next Generation of Identity Verification

The show of hands divided a room of about 100 at the Texas Apartment Association 2019 Education Conference. Panelists and attorney Jerry Carlton didn’t seem surprised that a majority of the group of apartment managers and operators indicated they had been victim to some sort of fraud. One attendee shared that her property discovered a[]

How to Solve the Senior Rent Payment Puzzle [eBook]

Baby Boomers have adapted to the conveniences of online purchases at a much slower pace than their younger counterparts. Yet as this generation transitions into senior living, operating digitally is now a way of life for many and senior residents expect to be able to pay rent without writing a personal check. The average Boomer has 3.53[]

Student Housing Market Update: What’s Next?

The U.S. student housing market generally is in good health, but during any cycle the time eventually comes for some downshifting. Since rent growth and occupancy performance topped out from 2014-16, the student industry has downshifted slightly. RealPage Chief Economist Greg Willett said in a recent webcast that a slowdown in enrollment has affected rent[]

How Prometheus Real Estate and TGM Communities Control Energy Spending

It never hurts to ask. Just ask Mary Nitschke. Prometheus Real Estate’s director of ancillary services picked up the phone one day and called a rebate program administrator to explain an energy upgrade on a renovation for a 766-unit property in Prometheus’ portfolio. “Is there anything you can do for me?” Nitschke asked the person[]

Revenue Management: Proven in Any Market Cycle [eBook]

The U.S. apartment market continues to chug, but in moderation compared to much of its nine-year run. Some markets have softened, sparking some give and take in operational strategies. When markets soften, the focus naturally turns from rent growth to maintaining occupancy, which often leads to concessions for new leases and at the sacrifice of[]

RealWorld 2019: Taking the Pain Out of Leasing and Resident Services

Buying a car used to be like pulling teeth. Same as renting an apartment for the resident and property manager. Not too long ago, you had to pack a lunch (or dinner) when visiting the dealership to buy a new car because the buying experience was long and painful. Credit approvals and paperwork dragged out[]

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