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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You Don’t Have to Be Smart to Use Business Intelligence

The blinking, streaming barrage of lights on WOPR in NORAD’s computer room in 1983 was some sight. Flickering green, yellow, red and orange, lights danced and jittered with critical defense information in the science-fiction thriller, “War Games.” When young hacker David Lightman quickly walks by WOPR as its running war simulations over and over until[]

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Adopting Recycling is Becoming Easier and More Desirable in Multifamily

Contracting with a waste management vendor is the first step toward getting the ball rolling on community recycling. But the presence of recycling bins isn’t always enough to get residents involved in one of the most common earth-friendly initiatives. The success of any multifamily recycling program comes from within. Property managers and leasing staff hold[]

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Leveraging Business Intelligence to Make the Right Decision

Good business sometimes relies on playing hunches. A property manager may have a gut feeling that it’s time to increase new rents and settle in for longer-term leases. Or that upgrading floors in each unit will net even higher rents and give the bottom line an extra lift. Great business leaders will tell you that following[]

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Splitting the Atom: Using Data Science to Drive the Right Kind of Residents

Today’s quest for renter leads begs the question whether sales and marketing are working from the same recipe. Quantity mostly trumps quality as metrics tend to focus on activity and outcome. The industry has a wealth of ways to cultivate leads – everything from guest cards to website chats. And according to marketing experts at[]

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5 Ways to Help Residents Calculate Renters Insurance Coverage

Property managers have probably heard over and over the reasons why residents or applicants don’t want renters insurance. “Renters insurance is too expensive,” “My stuff isn’t worth that much anyway,” and “The apartment is already insured, right?” These are some of the common misconceptions, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). While including[]

Dog DNA Testing is Becoming More of a Household Name in Multifamily

One of an apartment community’s greatest assets and amenities is clean, well-kept common areas and grounds. But a green, inviting landscape loses its luster with one step into a squishy mess. A lawn marred by doggy landmines is not only gross but a breeding ground for disease and environmental issues. Dog feces removal awareness has[]

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5 Long-Time Resident Retention Tips

The old Texas saying “Dance with who brung ya” is very much in line with what Anne Sadovsky has preached in her work as an industry trainer and consultant: retaining existing residents – especially those who have danced the dance with your property for many years – is critical in keeping apartments full.

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Why Branding Matters for Apartment Communities

Does branding matter for apartment communities? Some of the apartment industry’s top marketing professionals offered their insights on how a “golden brand” may attract and retain residents at the 2013 NMHC OpTech Conference.

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Introducing RealPage Data Analytics: A One-Stop-Shop for Apartment Market Intelligence

Multifamily housing now is getting closer to fully embracing the holy grail of apartment market intelligence data. And the timing couldn’t be better. As the apartment industry rapidly adjusts to the changing landscape of the current cycle, RealPage Data Analytics will soon provide a singular source for critical market information. The new platform blends key[]

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Baby Boomers Can Make an Impact in Multifamily

Millennials are grabbing all the front page multifamily headlines, but the industry should look inside a little deeper at a demographic that is already making news and plans to stay in the limelight for the next several years. So says one well-respected apartment market official. Baby Boomers are the new hipsters in rental housing, says[]

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