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.

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[]

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[]

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