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.

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[]

The On-Demand Economy: Changing the Living Experience for Residents

Consumer desire to transact and interact via mobile devices is driving the latest industrial revolution, the “On-Demand Economy.” Sometimes referred to as the “Sharing Economy,” this on-demand market segment revolves around businesses providing goods or services to consumers largely through online platforms or applications. Businesses must be nimble and quick.  They must satisfy fast-moving consumers[]

Reduce Fair Housing Claims by Providing Good Customer Service

Reduce Fair Housing Claims by Providing Good Customer Service

Property managers know that customer service plays a key role at all levels of the resident experience. But when dealing with Fair Housing matters, customer service skills can go a long way towards diffusing potentially volatile situations and even reducing the chance of HUD discrimination claims.

3 Ways Adding Interior Wall Insulation Can Help Residents Feel at Home

New products and wall insulation practices are creating a shift in the way some builders are reducing noise, providing more energy efficiency and creating safer apartments, say insulation specialists. How Wall Insulation can Improve the Apartment Resident Experience Insulating interior walls, in addition to those on exteriors, is becoming more common. The return on investment, says[]

hoarding

Hoarding Officially Recognized as Mental Disorder

When it officially stamps hoarding as a disorder in May, the American Psychiatric Association will confirm what property management companies and Fair Housing experts have already known: Hoarding is a mental disorder and a protected class.

Automated Answering Service

5 Ways a Smart Answering Service Can Aid in Resident Retention

Having an automated answering service is like having a strong bench in hockey, or any other sport. When a property is suddenly thrust into an emergency response situation, the technology is a valuable asset that helps a community navigate sometimes stressful situations. My neighbor, Joe, an avid hockey fan, will forever remember the night that[]

Sink or Swim: Handling Pool Maintenance for your Property

A qualified and certified pool maintenance specialist is always a good resource to have in a property management company’s cache. The right service will keep a property’s pools and spas in tip-top shape throughout the pool season or year-round. However, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup. Training maintenance technicians – and even front-office staff[]

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