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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Where is Smart Home Technology Really Going?

Don’t laugh, but I’m still working from an iPhone 4. By today’s technology calendar, I’m light years away from being up to date. At a recent conference, a young colleague laughed and said he didn’t know anybody who still had one. A search on Apple’s website for anything iPhone 4 yields no results. While it’s[]

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Integrating a Hospitality Approach into Apartment Living

Imagine soaking in the flicker of a fire pit surrounded by deep blue water in a shallow pool. Your perch is on a plump, elegant lounge in a pergola-covered patio just a few feet away. The flames dance atop the rippling cool water as the sun dips behind the horizon on this warm summer evening.[]

How Properties Can Stay a Step Ahead of Accessibility Compliance

How Properties Can Stay a Step Ahead of Accessibility Compliance

What an apartment owner or manager doesn’t know about accessibility compliance can literally be costly. Properties that are non-compliant to provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and American’s With Disabilities Act of 1990 subject themselves to millions of dollars in damages. Most often, violators could prevent such exposure if only they’d fully understood[]

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Created Equal? Leads Aren’t Lottery Tickets

Marketing effectiveness in multifamily housing is often judged by the number of leads generated for a property or portfolio. Strength in numbers, as the saying goes. Apartment marketers are adept at positioning properties via the internet, social media and more traditional means to generate leads. Technology has made it much easier than in the days[]

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Meeting the Expectations of Gen Z Student Renters

Reaching Gen Z may seem more akin to throwing darts at balloons on a spinning wheel. The generation lives on multiple devices, drifts back and forth from one to the other and checks in multiple times each day. Maintaining pace with this ever-mobile generation now entering the housing space is creating quite a stir. Like[]

State of Student Housing: Study Rooms Among Amenities Driving Strong Growth

Expect the flames fueling a razor-hot student housing market to maintain through the end of the year and into next year. Executives at the National Multifamily Housing Council’s Student Housing Conference and Exposition in New Orleans in September said this year’s record-setting market shouldn’t cool much, even if the federal government finally pushes through a[]

Keeping Student Housing Safe: Fire Prevention Tips

Combat increases in student housing, apartment fires with these 15 safety tips With school back in session and the holidays around the corner, student housing and multifamily housing properties are particularly vulnerable to losses caused by fire. Losses caused by fire damage in apartment structures since 2009 are on the rise. In the last six years,[]

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Clearing the Air On Companion Animals: What Property Managers Should Know

Know the rules when residents seek accommodation for emotional support or companion animals While the multifamily housing industry has become pet friendly, some furry friends are catching the ire of property managers. Residents who attempt to bring their pets on property under the guise of them being companion animals are leaving some apartment operators fearing[]

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What Renters Want: Providing a Great Multifamily Living Experience

Fulfilling the customer experience lifecycle critical to successful lease renewals in multifamily Your residents and prospects want a pool, closet space, decent fitness facility and a business center. When looking for an apartment, they’d rather walk in unannounced than set an appointment, and you can bet that any negative reviews will get a closer look.[]

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How to Capitalize on Your Purchasing Strategy

Multifamily properties are valuable to their vendors, but sharing the wealth could put apartments at a disadvantage. Jennifer Lester, Vice President Vendor Management/Strategic Purchasing Advisory Service at RealPage, says a common mistake properties make is having too many vendors in their stable. At RealWorld in July, a team of purchasing specialists talked about effective techniques[]

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