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 Right Blend to Maximize Leads and Conversions in Multifamily Marketing

The convergence of leasing, living and marketing with data analytics is changing multifamily marketing. So much that digital marketing is on the verge of a new frontier where property managers and operators can dial into precisely what kind of message they want to send. These are no longer the days when communities wanting to be[]

Short-Term Rentals Offer Multifamily Operators New Opportunities

The apartment industry has been no stranger to supplementing the rent roll by offering short and long-term rentals over the years. Owners and managers have stuck their toes into corporate housing, some providing designated blocks of units to accommodate executives and new hires at local companies and others working on a per-business basis to provide[]

Using Unauthorized Digital Content is Like Throwing Money in the Fire

Using Unauthorized Digital Content is Just like Burning Money

When a rental housing investor buys a property, many assets beyond the obvious fixtures and physical infrastructure come with the deal. When it comes to digital content, there is a financial risk property owners and managers need to consider before continuing use of such assets. The seller typically relinquishes some or all intellectual property, such[]

How to Say Goodbye to Spreadsheets for Senior Living Property Management

Cut and paste. Write formulas. Are they correct? Was that cell copied? Does that column total correctly? Let’s face it. Spreadsheets are no longer trés chic. They’re cumbersome, often inaccurate because of human error and bulky when reviewing and distributing all across the company. But most businesses rely on spreadsheets for budgeting, planning and forecasting[]

How JVM Realty Got Resident Buy-In for Online Payments

Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will automatically come. The apartment industry continues to implement and enjoy favorable adoption of online rent payments from residents. Drop boxes are being replaced with resident portals that allow renters to pay rent without leaving the comforts of their apartments. Employing the technology is only part of[]

Getting the Most Visibility from Property Photos with Search Optimization

Getting the Most Visibility from Property Photos with Search Optimization

Adding lively, engaging property photos of apartment communities – inside and out – enhances marketability and appeal of any property, but is that property actually getting the visibility you’d hope for? A property manager or marketing director may stroll a property and snap a few photos on a cell phone or other digital camera and[]

A Clearer View of Property Health through SmartSource Accounting

An operator or owner of a small property management portfolio has many roles. At any given point in the day, he or she can wear different hats, from leasing apartments and keeping the books to swabbing the deck. Only with the luxury of having ample staff that specializes in each facet of business operations can[]

Secret Weapons to Better Manage Affordable Housing

Managing Affordable Housing brings a unique set of complexities compared to other forms of rental housing. Professionals in the Affordable industry must ensure that the property and/or portfolio is working within the rules of United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other regulatory agencies. But doing so doesn’t have to be a daunting[]

The Edge of Innovation at NMHC OpTech

The multifamily housing industry, traditionally a step or two away from the cutting edge, is learning to embrace innovation at a time when the globe isn’t sitting still. Today, world leaders and innovators are asking “why not?” and willing to push advancement to the brink, sometimes for the unimaginable and often with risk. Many are[]

The Keys to Operational and Revenue Success in Multifamily

This October in Dallas, a climate where supply outpaces demand in some markets, multifamily leaders met to discuss how to get more revenue out of their Texas assets. Discussions focused on how to maximize amenities and get the biggest return on the dollar by basically understanding what residents really want through their actions. At the[]

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