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.

Fair Housing Act

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[]

spring in multifamily

3 Steps to a Green Spring in Multifamily

Every year, after the Superbowl is over in February and winter starts to fade away, it’s time to get about the business of spring. With the cleats hung up for the season, lawn implements like rakes, fertilizer spreaders and pruning shears take center stage everywhere. For apartments, this time of year is an opportunity to[]

portfolio asset management

The Next Generation in Metric Management

In today’s review-centric world, an internet search for a business usually yields some sort of quick rating or score as a guide. Three stars. Four stars. Five stars. Ratings can give the user a fast assessment of a business, event or product or feature.  A good star rating twinkles success, while a bad one suggests[]

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How to Connect with Renters in a Technology-Driven World

The clock is ticking when a prospect searches online for an apartment. Most marketers know that consumers spend only a minute or less—sometimes fewer than 10 seconds—before moving on if not satisfied with what’s on the screen. As far back as 2011, the Nielson Norman Group, a West Coast consulting firm that specializes in the[]

internet of things

The Internet of Things is More than Just Nest-Deep in Multifamily

Talk to a facilities manager and property manager about the Internet of Things and you’ll probably get two very different perspectives. A property manager may have visions of IoT toys, those smart devices designed to make life a little easier, while the facilities manager might focus on system management. A bigger difference is that the[]

How to Determine Asset Health and Performance Through KPIs

How to Determine Asset Health and Performance Through KPIs

Analysis of detailed operational metrics is just one way to assist in determining asset health. The view down below reveals various performance metrics essential to driving key day-to-day decisions for property managers. But asset managers need a picture from 15,000 feet to fully decipher the true fitness of the asset and whether it is tracking[]

Minimize Crime at Senior Communities with Resident Screening

Minimize Crime at Senior Communities with Resident Screening

Millions of Americans look forward to retirement, when years of hard work are traded for relaxation, adventure and independence. Most assume they’ll live out their days in a safe haven, whether it be at home or in independent or assisted living senior communities. At home, neighborhoods may change and fall into urban blight as demographics[]


Alleviating the Year-End Rush with a Better Plan

The year-end accounting season in the first quarter may seem like a fire drill for some property management accounting teams, especially if due diligence through previous 12 months hasn’t been done. For the unprepared, a year’s worth of reporting and audit preparation gets boiled down to 90 fast days, and the end may leave even[]

The Rising Cost of Apartment Construction: It’s More than Labor Shortage

Much has been made about the impact on construction of a weakened skilled labor force, but the shortage of workers isn’t the only reason some projects are delivering late and costing more. Increasingly difficult apartment designs and regulatory issues are among several factors that have slowed progress at a time when units can’t be delivered[]

Quick and Easy Vendor Certification with Credential Key

Quick and Easy Vendor Certification with RealPage Credential Key

It’s 3 a.m. and a resident dials your contact center. The floor in the apartment is flooding, water is inching up the walls and the resident is helpless. You call your preferred plumber and get a recording that the company is closed for the week for a much needed vacation. Other vendors in your tool[]


Thinking Outside of the Box in Multifamily

Buzzwords come and go in multifamily like in any other industry. “Crushed it!” was introduced what seems like yesterday, but it’s already in the Urban Dictionary graveyard, to be replaced by something a little more up to date. So pardon me when I show my age by “thinking outside the box.” That catchphrase went out[]

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