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.

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[]

How Cloud-Based Technology Can Save Maintenance Teams Time and Money

New tool technology is exceeding traditional definitions of improvements to the power tools that build and maintain multifamily housing. High-tech and blue-tooth enabled tools are not only designed to ease the chores of drilling, sawing and affixin’ but also save time and money. Cloud-Based Technology is Making Maintenance Mobile Tools have come a long way[]

Spend Management Multifamily

Properties can Add PEPP to their Step and Save through Spend Management

How effective are your spend management practices? Not many property managers or owners would turn down an opportunity to save $10,000, or they’d at least take a good look at how to do so. That’s what RealPage says is possible, when using the right spend management solutions. Based on a 200-unit apartment, a comprehensive spend[]

The Hottest Trends in Multifamily Outdoor Living

Summer is right around the corner, and the weather isn’t the only thing heating up. New trends are on the horizon in multifamily, and apartment communities are finding new ways to bring the full indoor living experience outdoors. The National Kitchen & Bath Association identified outdoor kitchens and living spaces as the hottest trends in[]

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