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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Upgrade Your Apartment Community with New Decking Materials

The arrival of fall means that your residents will likely be spending more time outdoors for cookouts, quiet conversation and general relaxation. In southern climates, patios made from concrete and decorative stone and pavers have proven to withstand weather and traffic during every season, making their installation preferable at apartments. Traditionally, wooden decks have required[]

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Finding the Balance Between Automation and Human Touch

Automation has its place in business and multifamily today. Busy workplaces and lifestyles require a little digital help when real, live, breathing humans can’t get to the phone or digital device. But not everything should be reduced to a digital series of commands or questions before narrowing down to an answer, place or resolution. At[]

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Using Business Intelligence, Benchmarking to Determine ROI on Renovations

A fact of multifamily is that apartments have to make ongoing investments to stay competitive in today’s market. A renovation or value-add strategy can align an older property to better compete with a newer community down the street, even one in a higher class. Community-wide overhauls of flooring, cabinets and appliances refresh units to attract[]

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NMHC/Kingsley Report: Renters Prefer the Basics in Amenities

Apartment operators shouldn’t assume that today’s preferred renter amenities are defined by the regions where they operate. The 2017 National Multifamily Housing Council/Kingsley Renter Preference Report unveiled in October suggests apartment residents around the country have some very distinct favorites that don’t necessarily jive with where they live. The bi-annual report, which drew 272,000 responses[]

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Building Environment Should Strengthen, Labor Shortages Could Persist in Multifamily

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) that measures builder’s confidence fell three points in September after hurricanes battered the Texas coast, Louisiana and Florida. The rating for newly built single-family homes fell to 64 on the index, down from 67 in August. While the index does not include apartment homes,[]

Defending Against Applicant Identity Fraud with Identity Verification

While it’s just a blip, apartment home and lease fraud is now being measured on the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft and fraud radar. Three years ago, identity fraud or theft related to the lease housing industry first showed up on the agency’s annual Consumer Sentinel report. The number of complaints − albeit just a[]

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Refrigerant Update: Status Quo for Multifamily Air-Conditioning

The most widely used refrigerant cooling today’s apartments, which appeared to be on the chopping block, is getting a stay of execution, at least for now. In early August the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot force manufacturers to replace refrigerants like R-410A that emit hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The news[]

Why Outsourcing Accounting Will Give Your Company a Competitive Edge

Since arriving in the information technology world almost four decades ago, outsourcing has evolved into a key business practice across many industries. It’s no longer the butt of jokes, like when EDS and IBM set wheels in motion in the 1980s for companies to hand off internal routine computer maintenance and administration to overseas work[]

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Sizing Up Your Applicants Through Debt to Income

As the U.S. economy generally continues an upward tick, household debt has eclipsed that of levels in 2008 leading into the Great Depression. Total household debt has increased by $149 billion to $12.73 trillion. Depending on who you talk to, that should cause alarm. But economists argue that the economic condition is now much healthier[]

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Redirecting the Path to Affordable Senior Living and Assisted Care

The forecast for the future of affordable senior living and assisted living is sure to be analyzed and dissected greater than any sub-market meteorologist. The LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo in New Orleans, billed as the largest annual gathering of aging services providers in the country, is sure to have lively discussions on the direction[]

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