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.

Shine a Light on Multifamily with the Latest Lighting Trends

Innovations in light-emitting diode (LED) lighting have changed the way we look at things. Today’s LED lighting has become a bright, proven solution to the replacement of incandescent lighting that has been phased out over the years. With that, new trends in indoor and outdoor fixtures are emerging, while taking advantage of LED’s efficiencies and[]

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The Shift Toward Renter Nation

A consistent sentiment among multifamily housing leasing professionals is to know your resident and understand that one size does not fit all. The industry has strived in recent years to appeal as much as possible to individual preferences, especially in lease processes, while keeping a keen eye on the trends that drive folks to rental[]

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Property Management Pest Control: Bed Bugs Know Colors

Entomologists say that bed bugs, the property management industry’s pest enemy number one, like certain colors, especially red and black. But suggesting to apartment residents that they avoid dark sheets may be going a little overboard when trying to keep the little buggers away. A recent University of Florida study revealed that the tiny, hard-shelled pests[]

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Overcoming the Challenges of Renters Insurance

Renters insurance adoption has gained ground in the last few years, but it still lags behind the percentage of homeowners who are protecting their assets. A big reason may be that many homes are either insured to meet mortgage requirements or owners get it that perhaps their single greatest personal asset needs to be protected[]

Hurricane Update: 6 Actions to Take When Conditions Warrant

Forecasters say the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season could be stronger than previously thought, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that coastal residents should have their hurricane preparedness plans in place and monitor the latest forecast. What was deemed in May to be a below average season with 10-16 named storms is now expected[]

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Fair Housing Sex Education for Property Management

As one might expect, a couple of quips on the topic of sex charged a packed house at the beginning of a Fair Housing session at the National Apartment Association’s Education Conference & Expo in San Francisco. But the mood soon got serious when attorneys for Kimball, Tirey & St. John began sharing eye-opening sexual[]

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The Hidden Allergy Trigger to Avoid in Multifamily

They are a marketing nightmare for any rental property, no matter the class and size. Their antennae are unsightly and certainly won’t pick up a cell phone signal. Some are very social and seek common shelter. They are considered dirty and offensive, enough that renters will move in a heartbeat if they are not extricated[]

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Driving the Adoption of Smart Home Technology

Industry, multifamily working to overcome slow adoption of smart home technology The path to smart home technology adoption in multifamily maintains a twisting route navigated with short steps, much like the pace of the industry that promises systems to propel residential living of the future into the next galaxy. The subject has been a hot[]

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Protecting Residents from Mosquitoes

Don’t let mosquitoes cause disruptions for your residents and their pets. Once thought of as merely a backyard pest, mosquitoes have become a serious public health threat in recent years. The warmer months are a prime time for the insects to disrupt outdoor events and turn summer evenings into itchy, scratchy affairs. According to the[]

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