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.

‘Tis the Season to be Leasing: Getting your Property Prepped for Spring

Peak leasing season is upon the apartment industry. Spring is historically the time of year that renters are on the move and looking to upsize, downsize, get a better deal or simply relocate. A recent poll suggests that nearly 25 percent of renters will be looking for a more affordable apartment in 2015. While renters[]

Creating Pollinator-Friendly Gardens can Benefit Bees and Properties

With pollinator-friendly gardens, apartments can add a little color and variety to their landscapes and at the same time help preserve the bee population. The bee population, which pollinates flowering plants that help produce up to a third of the world’s food, has been in significant decline in recent years. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is[]

How Revenue Management Systems Make Leasing and Renewals Easier

With rising rent rates in the apartment market, property managers are looking for the best way to maximize revenues. A revenue management system potentially could be the answer. Mrs. Johnson has been a good tenant since arriving at the community several years ago. She leased her two-bedroom apartment at a great rate when occupancy levels[]

HUD Fair Housing App

HUD Launches Fair Housing App

We kick off our coverage of Fair Housing Month with a look at the HUD housing discrimination mobile app for iPhone and iPad, which provides the public with a quick and easy way to learn about their housing rights and to file housing discrimination complaints.

Is your Property Prepared for a Tornado?

Spring hardly came in like a lion as far as tornadoes go. Until damaging twisters hit Oklahoma and Arkansas in late March, one of the historically heaviest months for spawning Tornadoes was meek as a lamb. None had developed in the first three weeks, and only four warnings were issued nationwide. Weather forecasters say that[]

How Mobile Inspections are Revolutionizing Student Housing

Just as the frenzy over rush week mounts on college campuses, student housing operators move into high gear for a few weeks each year when apartments turnover. Spring and fall apartment turns happen fast, which means time is precious when moving one student out and another in before the semester starts. With an increased demand[]

5 Pool Maintenance Tips to Help you Pass Inspection

The last thing most apartment residents may be thinking about now is jumping into a chilly swimming pool. But it’s time for property managers to get their pools and spas ready for the summer season.  At least once per year, properties should have all of their pools inspected to ensure compliance with the appropriate federal,[]

How Multifamily Properties can Save by Going Green

Going green can save some real bucks now for apartments, and more than just on energy bills Developers and investors will be able to cash in when financing multifamily properties that have a green building certification. In February, Fannie Mae announced that it will give discounts on interest rates if the buildings have an energy[]

Comedy in Multifamily: How Alderman Keeps Residents Laughing

The Comedy Cartel, a small corporation big on the aspirations of one funny guy, is touring multifamily properties and levying schtick in club rooms across the Southeast. Kevin Alderman remembers that first open mic night in 2007 at a tiny, smoky bar in Charlotte before a small, tough-looking crowd. He’d gone there to work up[]

Bring the Heat: The Comeback of Outdoor Amenities

Multifamily communities appear to be embracing the comeback of outdoor amenities, especially when it comes to creating a cozier feeling beyond apartment walls for entertaining or dining. Apartments are extending the resident living experience outside by building fireplaces and fire pits, as well as stylish, large grilling areas. The built-in features are designed to provide[]

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