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.

renters insurance

Risk Mitigation Through Screening and Renters Insurance

The one-two punch of effective screening and renters insurance An effective screening tool combined with renters insurance can pay dividends for property management companies. A solution that provides an applicant’s apartment rental payment history and offers insurance options protects PMCs and helps create a community of better renters, say industry professionals. The better the renter,[]

multifamily communities

Neighbors Anonymous: Engaging Residents in Multifamily Communities

Increasing renewals through engaging residents with their neighbors This is no time in the apartment industry for bashful property managers when it comes to ensuring the kind of resident satisfaction that drives renewals. Today’s apartment renters are more social butterflies than they’ve been in recent years, expecting a greater sense of community in the place[]

Mobile Facilities App Helping Camden Improve Lives One Experience at a Time

Approaching its 35th year in business, Camden launched a customer-focused project to build better, long-lasting relationships with its residents in 2016. As with what every apartment owner explores while seeking the greater good – higher occupancy, better retention and the best return on investment – Camden’s plan was no exception. The company began exploring how[]

renters insurance

How to Find the Best Renters Insurance

Consultative approach to renters insurance can benefit residents, properties The decision of purchasing a renters insurance policy is ultimately up to the resident. But a property management company that offers the option of buying a policy specific to the multifamily industry could pay dividends all the way around. Many insurance providers who specialize in other[]

Business Intelligence Senior Housing

The Power of Business Intelligence in Senior Housing

Manage the growth of senior living property management through business intelligence As more baby boomers age, the prospective pool of senior living residents – and with it the need for senior housing – grows each day. While the metrics that drive multifamily marketing may appear to diverge when it comes to senior housing, marketers should[]

Top Seven Features of Engaging Apartment Websites

Key differentiators for building a website that engages prospects  Apartment websites should convey properties’ brand identities to prospective renters. The most effective of these tell a story that communicates the identity and culture of an apartment community in less time than it takes to give an elevator speech. Ultimately, they serve as virtual leasing offices[]

facilities management software

Conquering Student Turn with Mobile Technology

Time is money when turning student housing units. Management and maintenance teams have to synchronize their efforts, and the best way to accomplish this task is through open, efficient communication. Facilities management software provides an accessible solution for student housing operators to see a more complete view of maintenance processes  ̶  from assigning work orders to[]

Capturing Prospects Through Virtual Tours

Virtual reality opens apartment marketing opportunities Apartment hunters, understandably, want to see units before agreeing to rent them, but some situations make a conventional tour impossible. Virtual reality − through high-quality, 360-degree views of apartment interiors − enables prospects to tour units otherwise unavailable to see in person, even during an on-site visit. This new[]

affordable housing

Affordable Housing Industry Update

Roadshows, RealWorld to provide insight The world of Affordable Housing is not immune to change. This changing knowledge base is fundamental for the industry’s property managers and owners. Adaptability is an essential trait due to uncertainty in the Affordable Housing market, given the recent shift in the administration, according to industry officials. Tax cuts promised[]

resident screening

Resident Screening Technology Helps You Say Yes

Despite prevailing market conditions, property management companies still face a scenario in which prospective tenants may not immediately qualify for leases. Traditional credit scoring practices such as FICO® and VantageScore weigh multiple factors when calculating a credit score, resulting in a number property management companies can use to narrow the pool of qualified renters. There is nothing more disheartening for a property[]

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