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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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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Making it Easy to Love Online Leasing

The gasps resonated across the room when one gentleman told his story of a near miss of sensitive information being compromised. He recalled that the phone call that day appeared to be like any other coming into a leasing office. But the caller wasn’t looking for an apartment. Instead, a detective informed him that about[]

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Millennials Building for Millennials

The age of social media, video games and virtual living is opening the minds and designs of a new generation of architects that is creating today’s housing choices. Rather than designing via more traditional methods, Millennial architects are inspired by what they’ve seen on their desktops, phones and tablets. Architecture industry leaders believe that the[]

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Is Vinyl Plank Flooring the Latest Apartment Trend?

The apartment industry is finding better ways to keep from getting floored by high turnover costs when it comes to providing effective walkable surfaces under residents’ feet. Hard-surface floors are replacing many carpeted areas in apartments, and going down by offering long-term savings to property owners and a more stylish look for renters. Vinyl plank[]

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Building the Smart Apartment Home of the Future

Applying smart home technology to apartments comes down to choice. The future of putting the pieces in place into a smart apartment home may be more like ordering ala cart at the local diner. Because preferences of one resident to the next surely will differ, a technology menu may be more appropriate. At least that’s how[]

Why the Apartment Industry Should Take Baby Boomers Seriously

As this group born after World War II and just before Davey Jones and the Monkees took America’s teens by storm aged, it established a confident and optimistic culture that shaped housing for years to come. Boomers chased a greater, affluent lifestyle and were willing to mortgage the farm to get what they wanted, unlike[]

Tips for Transitioning Apartment Communities into Operational Brilliance

A new property acquisition often signals an opportunity to strengthen a multifamily company. Done right, transitioning the property to a management company’s portfolio can be business as usual. But there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that has to be done, and then there’s not guarantee that the transition will be seamless. As expected in[]

Aimco Adding Artistic License to Redevelopment Project

Residents may tell their friends to take the elevator to the Van Gogh Floor for a wine party. Or meet by the elevator near the Quarterback Patio. Cold drinks at the Governor’s Social Lounge  sound refreshing. Theming apartments to their surroundings isn’t uncommon, but one company is blending its redevelopment projects into the fabric –[]

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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