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[]

A Consultative Approach to Enhancing Revenue Management

A Consultative Approach to Enhancing Revenue Management

The analytics of an effective revenue management tool go a long way toward helping a multifamily property realize its full potential. But the real trick to getting the most out the software that has redefined multifamily management in recent years goes deeper. The churn in analytics that balances supply and demand for maximizing revenue growth[]

The 3 Tiers of a Property's Risk Management Strategy

The 3 Tiers of a Property’s Risk Management Strategy

With property operations, every day the sun sets and rises with the risk of incurring vacancy losses, bad debt, collection and concession losses, and more. “Do you have a risk management strategy?” It’s one of the top questions asked of property management companies, and many organizations mistake risk mitigation for risk management. If your company[]

Multifamily Accounting to Manage Projected Growth

Multifamily Accounting to Manage Projected Growth

A fundamental of economics is that when supply and demand meet in that coveted sweet spot, the piece of the pie usually gets larger. Never more true, is in the current multifamily housing cycle. The last five years haven’t disappointed, as transaction volume has reached record proportions, exceeding $100 billion annually. According to the National[]

Engage Prospects with Immersive Content at Any Property

Engage Prospects with Immersive Content at Any Property

The eyes of a prospective renter walking into the apartment at Acacia Pointe are immediately focused on living area. Plenty of light streams into the room, where neutral tones soften walls bordered by wide crown molding. A comfy couch and long ottoman look and relaxing, the back door opens to a balcony that promises fresh[]

Amenity Valuation - Are You Getting It Right?

Amenity Valuation: Are You Getting It Right?

As an apartment operator, do you know what residents think amenities are worth? In this amenity crazed market, multifamily housing leaders need to understand what features like hardwood floors, appliances types – even a unit with a view of the swimming pool – mean to property performance and leasing. Factoring key influences and property amenity[]

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[]

renters expectations

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[]

data and trends

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[]

student housing

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[]

Improving the Resident Experience with Prompt Maintenance Assistance-1-2

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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