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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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[]

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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