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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Model Misbehavior: What to Avoid to Sell More Prospects

Apartment models can leave a lasting impression with potential renters, making the difference between securing a new lease and watching the one that got away. Models staged to meet current trends and designs are more inviting to prospective residents, say apartment industry style gurus who presented at the recent National Apartment Association’s Education Conference &[]

Making the Most of Mobile: Russ Webb on Leveraging Tablets and Apps

Today’s mobile devices are amazing … but are you making the most out of it? Russ Webb bets not. That’s why he’s on a mission to share how tablets and smartphones can increase productivity and do just about anything possible. Webb, vice president of the Atlanta and Georgia Apartment Associations, spreads the gospel by teaching[]

Hold the Phone: Why Pricing Calls Work with Revenue Management Systems

In the past, price setters have relied on weekly or periodic calls with on-site staff to finesse rates to drive traffic and secure leases. Today’s software systems, however, do much of the legwork by helping determine rates based on daily and historical market trends and other factors. In turn, they reduce the number of hours[]

2015 NAA Education Conference Recap

The excessive Las Vegas heat probably kept many National Apartment Association conference attendees from stealing away to the golf course. Good thing, because they would’ve missed some cool stuff. This year’s Education Conference & Exposition at the Mandalay Bay in June was much more than four days of industry banter. As record heat basted the Strip,[]

Resident and Staff Education on Having a Safe Grilling Season

A recent ABC News video shows how the joys of outdoor grilling can go up in smoke in just seconds. Quicker than you can say “make mine a cheeseburger”, fire engulfs a home when flames soar as greasy burgers are flipped. In another scene, the build-up of propane blows the top off a closed grill[]

Resident and Staff Education Help California Apartments Stay Ahead of the Drought

The California drought is getting down to finger pointing. Watchdogs are tattling on offenders of mandates and restrictions to conserve the public water supply via social media. Or on those who just appear to be wasting what has become a precious resource. In January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency as the[]

5 Tips to Help Apartments Snuff out Potential Damage of Wildfires

Drought is easing across the Plains and Midwest after a tumultuous month of heavy rains, but farther west the landscape remains dry as a bone. Lack of moisture in California and other western states has prompted public awareness campaigns to encourage property owners to conduct insurance policy reviews to determine if policies provide adequate coverage[]

Fair Housing Hot Topics: As Our World Changes, So Does Application of the Laws

As the world turns, new emphasis is being placed on Fair Housing laws, and apartment owners and operators must stay on top of their games, says attorney Scott Moore, a veteran lawyer who specializes in the housing industry.  Moore stated that laws continue to touch everything housing providers do and more. And it’s not just[]

Prepare Your Properties for Hurricane Season No Matter the Forecast

Just because the forecast calls for less activity doesn’t mean that the season should be taken lightly. In 1972, 1983 and 1992, three hurricanes – Agnes, Alicia and Andrew – caused more than $30 billion in damage. In 1992, Andrew left at least 26 people dead and $26.5 billion in damage as it tracked across southern[]

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