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.

Mobile Facilities App Helping Camden Improve Lives One Experience at a Time

Approaching its 35th year in business, Camden launched a customer-focused project to build better, long-lasting relationships with its residents in 2016. As with what every apartment owner explores while seeking the greater good – higher occupancy, better retention and the best return on investment – Camden’s plan was no exception. The company began exploring how[]

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How to Find the Best Renters Insurance

Consultative approach to renters insurance can benefit residents, properties The decision of purchasing a renters insurance policy is ultimately up to the resident. But a property management company that offers the option of buying a policy specific to the multifamily industry could pay dividends all the way around. Many insurance providers who specialize in other[]

Business Intelligence Senior Housing

The Power of Business Intelligence in Senior Housing

Manage the growth of senior housing through business intelligence As more baby boomers age, the prospective pool of senior living residents – and with it the need for senior housing – grows each day. While the metrics that drive multifamily marketing may appear to diverge when it comes to senior housing, marketers should not overlook[]

Top Seven Features of Engaging Apartment Websites

Key differentiators for building a website that engages prospects  Apartment websites should convey properties’ brand identities to prospective renters. The most effective of these tell a story that communicates the identity and culture of an apartment community in less time than it takes to give an elevator speech. Ultimately, they serve as virtual leasing offices[]

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Conquering Student Turn with Mobile Technology

Manage the frenzy of student turn with mobile property maintenance software Time is money when turning student housing units. Management and maintenance teams have to synchronize their efforts, and the best way to accomplish this task is through open, efficient communication. Facilities management software provides an accessible solution for student housing operators to see a more complete view[]

Capturing Prospects Through Virtual Tours

Virtual reality opens apartment marketing opportunities Apartment hunters, understandably, want to see units before agreeing to rent them, but some situations make a conventional tour impossible. Virtual reality − through high-quality, 360-degree views of apartment interiors − enables prospects to tour units otherwise unavailable to see in person, even during an on-site visit. This new[]

affordable housing

Affordable Housing Industry Update

Roadshows, RealWorld to provide insight The world of Affordable Housing is not immune to change. This changing knowledge base is fundamental for the industry’s property managers and owners. Adaptability is an essential trait due to uncertainty in the Affordable Housing market, given the recent shift in the administration, according to industry officials. Tax cuts promised[]

resident screening

Resident Screening Technology Helps You Say Yes

Three ways the right resident screening solution can help property managers say yes and reduce the risk Recent news that Americans, especially those in the middle class, are earning more money after years of stagnation, combined with employment gains is encouraging for the rental housing industry. Higher earnings and low unemployment rates are precisely the[]

multifamily

Online Shopping and eCommerce in Multifamily

America rents online but wants to visit your property first For nearly three decades, the nonprofit, nonpartisan “fact tank,” Pew Research Center, has surveyed public opinion on a range of topics that address the world’s challenges and trends. A staff of journalists and social scientists survey public opinions to achieve a high level of neutral,[]

peak leasing season

Expectations for Peak Leasing Season 2017

New supply coming on line could make peak leasing season interesting The forecasted second-quarter surge in new apartment supply, mostly in the top tier, has set the stage for what could challenge some property managers during peak leasing season. Unlike previous years when demand outpaced supply, Class A and Class B property managers may find[]

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