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.

 

Content Makes a Difference in Multifamily SEO

In a 1996 essay, Bill Gates looked into his cyber crystal ball two decades ago, he predicted that content would become king on the young Internet. Some in the information business will argue they’ve mastered the Internet to the extent that Gates referred. But in other realms, content is very much royalty, especially as it relates[]

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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[]

renter segmentation
 

Leasing Redefined: The Power of Renter Segmentation

Uncovering new leasing strategies through renter segmentation data The information supplied by prospects and residents during the leasing and lead processes can be like striking gold. Apartment leasing teams panning for new residents can gain insight into how to attract, secure and retain residents by digging into the mounds of renter-provided information and key demographics[]

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Protecting Apartments from Blizzards and Ice Storms: 4 Tips from The Home Depot

Even though Spring is right around the corner, icy weather across the nation continues to keep property management companies on their toes. A blizzard expected in New England tomorrow is set to be one of the biggest March storms ever, and sub-freezing temperatures can play havoc on water pipes in apartments and common areas if they’re not[]

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Making the Connection: The Importance of a Senior Contact Center

A thriving senior housing market appears to be taking a page from the multifamily industry and empowering contact centers to capture new business. But the similarities end there. Senior housing – which includes independent living, assisted living and memory care – is a specialized leasing vertical that requires a little more attention and compassion during[]

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Simplifying Multifamily Water Irrigation

Web app can help properties avoid costly overwatering for free Water My Yard is a free app that can help Texas multifamily property managers to keep landscapes attractive year-round and reduce expensive overwatering practices. Fifty percent of landscape water is wasted by overwatering, often caused by needlessly running sprinkler systems. In recent years, evapotranspiration technology[]

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Dealing with Creepy Crawlies: Cockroach Management in Multifamily

Advances in roach treatment offer conveniences for properties, residents Before finishing his doctorate in entomology, Dr. Mike Merchant worked in the 1980s as a pest control specialist in Seattle. He keeps a blog – “Insects in the City” (say it out loud and you’ll get the pun) – specifically dedicated to the topic of urban[]

multifamily housing
 

Strategies for Cutting Energy and Water Usage in Multifamily Housing

ENERGY STAR® opens new opportunities for multifamily housing The multifamily industry has long questioned whether a stamp of approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is worthwhile. ENERGY STAR®, a voluntary energy efficiency program, shows some degree of success; however, some in the industry equate this certification as more of a merit badge than a[]

 

The Apartment of the Future is Here

The apartment of the future here and now The apartment of the future is by no means a new concept, but it pervades the social conscience as multifamily architects and designers adopt new styles and attempt new feats. To defy convention is the goal of any designer on the cutting edge. The original apartment of[]

kitchen and bath trends
 

Top Apartment Kitchen and Bath Trends to Watch

Modern look and technology dominate 2017 kitchen and bath trends Traditional bathroom and kitchen styles have become outdated. Home designers say that contemporary-style kitchens and baths have pushed once popular Americana designs to the curb. The National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report indicates that Americans prefer clean-lined, bright[]

apartment communities
 

The Transparent Future of Glass in Apartment Communities

New uses for glass can add unique effects to apartment design Picture a common area in an apartment. Now examine the construction of the room you’ve envisioned. Chances are, you imagined four opaque, textured walls – maybe in colors beyond the standard eggshell if you got creative. However, glass industry innovators and entrepreneurs are shattering[]

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