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.

IoT Property Management

The Internet of Things and the Multifamily Resident Experience

No question, smart home technology is opening doors for residents. Such impressive home automation technology is providing lots of marketing glitz and a hook for tech-savvy residents who want access control to their residence via personal gizmos instead of handling a piece of steel or twisting a dial. Turning lights on and off, lowering shades,[]

rental housing industry

Adapting Your Workforce to a Changing Rental Housing Industry

Just as renter demographics and styles of apartment living have changed in recent years, so has the makeup of employees and personnel for property managers, owners, and developers. This has called for more creative ways to recruit and train staff to manage today’s assets. As the economy has rebounded, so has the workforce. At the[]

Scratching the Surface: The Value in Flooring

Decorative finishes have transformed concrete flooring, enough that surfaces composed of one of the basic building materials in construction now are trendy and elegant. Professional stained, textured and patterned finishes that are directly applied have evolved concrete’s image from plain and structural to colored and rich. The innovation in the industry is impressive, and consumers[]

protect properties from insects

The War on Pests: How to Protect Properties from Insects

Expect insect populations to boom after unusual fall and winter weather. Milder fall and winter temperatures in many parts of the country are expected to drive an insect population boom in 2016. The absences of prolonged hard freezes and wetter weather are resulting in early arrivals of pests, some in greater numbers which are already[]

Multifamily Reporting

Managing Multifamily: How Real-Time Reporting Changed the Game

A common thread at the 8th Annual Interface Student Housing conference in Austin in April was the role that technology plays in attracting and maintaining multifamily residents. For three days, a record-breaking 1,200 attendees heard, among many things, interesting perspectives in the Student sector. A number of C-level players discussed the importance of having the right digital tools to[]

The Changing Landscape of Multifamily Renters

The Changing Landscape of Multifamily Renters

Multifamily housing leaders at the Crittenden Multifamily Housing conference in Dallas in March said the changing landscape of apartment housing in recent years is pushing developers and operators to be more resourceful in how they provide housing and appeal to renters in the city core. At the heart is creating compatible living spaces for Baby[]

pet-friendly multifamily communities

Pampered Pooches: Creating Pet-Friendly Multifamily Communities

Callie just seems to be spoiled rotten. She’s the Blackwells’ baby girl at the tender age of 8, and gets nothing but the best. A plentiful supply of bones and snacks are always a nudge of the paw away, and she has a fashionable Thunder Shirt in her wardrobe to calm her on those stormy[]

Fair Housing Complaints

HUD Compliance: Fair Housing Complaints Should be Taken Seriously

Last year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development received about 12,000 formal complaints alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act. While only a small portion went to court, the message from HUD is that property owners should be keenly aware of the law and the ramifications for violating it.

Going Green in Multifamily Construction is Fast Becoming the Standard

The future for going green in new home building and apartment construction looks rosy. Builders and remodelers seem to be shaking perceptions that green building is too expensive and plan to incorporate sustainable construction practices in future homes. Architects and construction companies that specialize in multifamily say it’s not rocket science to go green, and,[]

Senior Living eProcurement

How eProcurement Systems can Help Senior Living Operators Streamline Purchasing

Time is valuable when running senior living communities. Operations need to be streamlined as much as possible to help create efficiencies so that property staff can give residents and their families the attention they need. For property managers, eProcurement systems can offer senior living communities a solution for better managing their spend.“The business office manager[]

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