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.

Fair Housing Act

Fair Housing Month: The History of the Fair Housing Act

April is Fair Housing Month, commemorating the signing of an important multifamily housing policy that prohibits discrimination. Yet, few may realize that the Fair Housing Act fought an uphill battle before being passed and that the early days of the Department of Housing and Urban Development were not without controversy.

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[]

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

I rarely get called Mr. Blackwell, although one colleague insists on greeting me that way. Just so you know, I’m no relation to the fashion czar who ruled Paris and Rodeo Drive until his death a decade ago. You may recall that his designs had no boundaries and that annual style lists of the rich[]

student housing

How RISE is Innovating the Student Housing Experience

It’s hard to believe, but after all these years of understanding and catering to Millennials, Student Housing leaders are now turning to consumers born at the turn of the twenty-first century. Many of those who were born after 2000—designated as Generation Z—are now walking the grounds of college campuses. With their entrance comes the need[]

multifamily

The Multifamily Industry’s Return to Normalcy Offers Opportunity

With tailwinds from a wild and wooly ride lingering in some markets, multifamily housing leaders are returning to some fundamental operational principles. Eyes are being retrained on the basics of expense and revenue management, people and portfolio performance now that the industry has taken a collective big breath. At March’s Crittenden Multifamily Conference in Dallas,[]

accessibility noncompliance

When Accessibility Noncompliance Puts Assisted Living Communities at Risk

Any assisted living property manager knows that accessibility noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is an issue. Residents who require mobility assistance or have a disability must be able to access the community just as any able-bodied person. Installation of ramps, grab bars and handicap parking places may signify that the property is compliant.[]

Minimizing Fraudulent Applications Through Identity Verification

How to Minimize Fraudulent Applications with Identity Verification

More personal information about consumers is ‘freely’ available to view or purchase online today than ever before. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that with the abundance of data available nowadays, the incidence of fraud increases. Now more than ever, property management companies need to protect its data and one way to do[]

apartment of the future

Embracing Disruption: The Apartment of the Future

As stewards of the multifamily housing industry, we each have visions for the apartment of the future. Some may see it as a techno-eccentric unit, a place in a world unto itself that stimulates the imagination and promotes self-indulgence in urban playgrounds. Others could argue it supports sophistication, lifestyle and basic essentials and redefines the[]

senior living

How to Create Lead-Generating Content that Embodies Senior Living

Just a mention of amenities at a senior living property on a website is not always enough to engage prospective residents. With more than one family member often making a move-in decision, skimming the surface won’t do. As consumers’ specific needs increase for using online resources for everything from buying food to finding a place[]

Turning Multifamily Maintenance into Renewals

Turning Multifamily Maintenance into Renewals

A Paul Rhodes education session is always a good way to spend part of the day at a multifamily conference, especially after lunch when the eyes get heavy. His sermon-like presentations always grab everybody’s attention. There’s bound to be a hallelujah or two. His session on how to turn maintenance into renewals in multifamily didn’t[]

spring landscapes

Some Spring Landscapes May be Delayed by Heavy March Snows

Four Nor’easters that poured loads of snow in the eastern U.S. so far in March have no doubt stalled or delayed spring landscape preparations at apartment communities from the southern Appalachians to New England. Property managers trying to get a jump on sprucing up the grounds in advance of peak leasing season have seen green[]

DepositIQ

How RealPage DepositIQ is Changing the Game of Security Deposits

Many a lease has been lost when the deal comes down to the cost of the security deposit. Most property managers will agree that a high deposit can discourage an applicant as much as rent cost. Suffice to say, the necessary pledge by the resident to keep the apartment fit as a fiddle, once equal[]

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