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.

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[]

Dealing with Downpours: Apartment Landscape Maintenance after Excessive Rainfall

Landscapes are one of a property’s most important first impressions, but those that are saturated as a result of non-stop heavy thunderstorms can be damaged by mowing or look shaggy because of excessive growth. “There’s really not a good decision to be made,” says Chris Lee, president of Earthworks DFW. “There are some properties that[]

Smart Furniture: The Future of Apartment Furnishing

Healthy lifestyles and smaller living quarters have stimulated interest in the last decade to market furniture or equipment that interacts with users or has dual functionality or both. Few may remember much about 1984, but that was the year that a Chrysler salesman had to be pretty pumped. Rolling off the assembly line were the first[]

Electric Safety Month

10 Tips for Maintaining Electrical Safety at your Rental Homes

Electricity that provides the necessary power to make a house feel like a home is a necessary convenience today. It consumes its fair share of the energy that it takes to operate your properties. Because a growing number of appliances are used in today’s homes, more electricity is being consumed, says the Electrical Safety Foundation[]

It’s a Data-Driven World: Apartment Industry Marketing Trends

2015 AIM Conference Recap Leave it to apartment industry marketers to find levity at any conference. May’s Apartment Internet Marketing (AIM) conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., was no exception. Co-founder of dating website OkCupid, Christian Rudder, entertained the group during his keynote on how he uses data to cultivate his site, and some front-office “PenFu”[]

Modern Kitchen

Times are Changing: Remodeling Bathrooms and Kitchens to Attract Residents

America’s living rooms may be losing ground as a place to hang out at home. Remodeled kitchens and bathrooms are more contemporary and now areas that beg for a lingering stay, at least according to the latest data from builders and remodelers in the housing industry. A couple of recent surveys by the National Association[]

Multifamily Energy Efficiency

Multifamily can Pick up the PACE for Improving Energy Efficiency

The greening of America comes at a price. The cost to make buildings – commercial or multifamily – and homes more energy efficient can be steep and payback feel like forever. Energizing Energy Efficiency Fannie Mae recently announced a program to give discounts on interest rates for financing multifamily projects if buildings are energy-certified. And[]

Severe Weather

Weathering the Storm: 7 Ways to Prepare for Severe Weather Season

According to ready.gov, about 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe. These are storms that produce hail at least an inch or larger in diameter, have winds of 58 miles per hour or higher or produce a tornado. Many storms come with lightning as well. Homes and apartments can be damaged when thunderbolts strike,[]

Going Smoke-Free in Government-Subsidized Housing

Recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the benefits of going smoke-free in government-subsidized housing raises points to ponder for residents and landlords. In this study done by the CDC, going smoke-free in all government-subsidized housing would save an estimated $497 million per year in housing costs and related health[]

The Great Outdoors: Creating a Community for your Residents

Last year, the 202-unit Western Station repurposed a seldom used laundry room and volleyball court into a cozy community area that encourages residents to gather and relax, and hopefully entices prospective residents on board. It’s too early to tell how well a new outdoor gathering spot charged with all the king’s men is contributing to[]

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