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.

How a Contact Center can Create Golden Opportunities

Like many days in the front office, this one is hectic. The phone rings as a leasing representative checks the package delivery log-in for a waiting resident. The phone keeps ringing. A maintenance tech distracts the representative and asks about the paperwork for a service call in Building C. “It’s on the clipboard,” she says[]

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15 Theft Prevention Tips for Property Management Companies

Summer is a time for care-free fun and relaxation for many, but apartments and their residents should keep their guards up. Personal theft rises by 10 percent in the summer months, particularly in July and August. For property management companies, theft prevention should be top of mind during this season. A recent study by the[]

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Top 5 Apartment Roofing Tips to Protect Your Properties

One of the most important protective barriers to an apartment is the roof. They come in a few shapes and sizes, but for the most part are pretty standard on most multifamily properties. When maintained properly, apartment roofing can last for many years, even a few decades. But roofs take more abuse than any other[]

7 Ways to Master Apartment Marketing

7 Ways to Master Apartment Marketing

Apartment marketing shouldn’t be one-dimensional, as much as the online way of doing things is captivating our lives. There’s no question that many of today’s prospective residents are shopping for housing on the internet, searching through websites and even signing leases before they’ve even stepped foot on the property. But multifamily properties shouldn’t be without[]

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Digital Printing Adds Realism to Wood Flooring

Advances in digital print technology have created some of the most realistic patterns in simulated wood and tile flooring options. In some cases, the naked eye can’t tell the difference. And the floor, not necessarily the sky, is the limit for the multifamily housing industry. High-definition printing is creating a flooring revival that’s sweeping vinyl,[]

How Multifamily Execs are Using Integrated Property Management Solutions

In Texas, they say if you don’t like the weather, just stick around for a few hours and it will change. More truth than fiction. The same can be said for technology. One doesn’t have to go much further than to pick up a cell phone to understand why. Technological innovations such as software as[]

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How Multifamily is Blending Retail with Residential

Mixed-use in multifamily is going horizontal. Essentially, the horse is now coming before the retail cart, and it’s strolling outward instead of upward. Panelists at the recent Crittenden conference remarked that horizontal mixed-use developments are here to stay, especially as multifamily housing continues to evolve into a desirable housing choice. Architects are migrating from vertical[]

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Keeping Cool: A Look into Apartment HVAC Systems

Investing thousands in new air-conditioning units or making a jump to the next wave of refrigerant to keep your residents cool is something to think about. Considering changing EPA regulations regarding the juice that cools air conditioners, a more conservative approach may be the best strategy. At a recent multifamily housing conference, background chatter about[]

The dangers of not vetting your vendors

The Dangers of Not Vetting your Vendors

Wacky incidents involving contractors damaging apartments during construction or renovations may seem hard to imagine. But serious damage and liability can result from those sometimes seemingly comical bumps, oopsies, and drops. Just listen to these doozies, all true stories shared by Compliance Depot: A cement truck enters an apartment community drive for a concrete pour[]

Leadership Getting inside the Brain

Leadership: Getting Inside the Brain

It’s been said that to be in management, you have to have thick skin. True, yet the trait of a good manager may go deeper than having a tough outer shell. Finding the search begins and ends with just being keenly aware of how the brain processes memory, makes decisions, and manages emotions. When brain[]

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