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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How Apartment Renovations Can Improve ROI

Rehab market has changed, but opportunities for creating good ROI through apartment renovations still exist As rents become more competitive and apartment inventory approaches its peak this year, the case for rehabilitating older properties in some markets may be strengthening. Done right, a modest upgrade of a 20- or 30-year-old multifamily community can offer renters[]

Millennials Staying at Home: How Multigenerational Living Impacts Multifamily

Talk of younger generations moving into their first homes always gets an ear in the multifamily industry. But many 25- and 35-year-old Millennials are likely to stay at home longer than previous generations or move back into the family nest. A recent Pew Research Center survey notes that 15 percent of these Millennials are living[]

Residents and Managers Sound Off at RealWorld 2017

RealWorld is fast becoming the place where multifamily industry leaders and residents get face to face. For the second straight year, RealWorld 2017, a leading property management conference set for July 16-18 in Las Vegas, will host an educational session featuring un-staged interaction between apartment residents from the greater Las Vegas area and multifamily panelists.[]

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How to Build a Strong Defense to Improve Apartment Website Rankings

Your property’s online presence is being challenged every minute of the day by a competitor seeking to get an edge when prospects look for apartments. The best offense to fend the attack is a strong defense, one that assures when consumers look for a place to call home they see your website first. The evolving[]

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The Rise of Aging-in-Place Amenities in Multifamily

Some of the most effective amenities in multifamily could be hiding behind the scenes, seemingly lost from eyesight in the unit. Lighting in the just the right spot, a well-disguised grab bar and the slight widening of doorways may seem unimpressive but they add up with the 55-and-over crowd looking for convenience. While apartment designers[]

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The Age of Amenities: Adding Value to Apartment Communities

Apartment communities can benefit from upgrading basic amenities The conference circuit always is a good amenity entertainment. Association gatherings like the recent NAA Education conference can pique the interest of attendees with the flashy new apartment trends, some of them just simply over the top. But not everyone commands tiled parking spaces or a deluge[]

Economists Report on the Multifamily Market at NAA Conference

Apartment industry professionals weren’t dissuaded by waiting for the 2017 National Apartment Association Education Conference and Exposition’s final session to hear from multifamily market economists. Jay Parsons, vice president data analytics at RealPage,  was among panelists who fielded several questions about the growing rent-to-income gap between Class A and B properties and how supply and[]

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How Artificial Intelligence is Impacting Multifamily

Artificial intelligence is here, but how does multifamily cope with it? Artificial intelligence is on everybody’s mind, it seems. And if billionaire investor Warren Buffett is concerned, shouldn’t we all be? At Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting, Buffett said the technology could be “enormously disruptive.” AI could result in significant employment loss, he added, but[]

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Using Live Web Chat to Engage Multifamily Prospects

Quality websites that provide multi-channel communication options have proven integral to multifamily marketing in this day and age. The goal is to at least entice apartment shoppers into an extended look that leads to an inquiry, usually a phone call, email or text. Live chat technology is adding another option for multifamily prospects and apartment[]

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