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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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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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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