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[]

The Near Future of the U.S. Apartment Market

The U.S. apartment market gained a bigger spark than most anticipated in the third quarter, a needed boost as the market approaches the seasonally slow year-end period. Annual rent growth of 3 percent for the quarter marked a shift from slowing price increases since the end of 2015. Strong leasing activity and tightening occupancy were[]

Payment Platforms Reduce Fraud and Paperwork in the Affordable Segment

Payment Platforms Reduce Fraud and Paperwork in the Affordable Segment

Handling rent payments has always had unique challenges in the low-income housing market, causing additional administrative burden on top of already-complex housing rules and regulations. Property managers typically receive rent via money orders in the office, sometimes in multiple payments if rent is above $500, and manually post. Paying rent in person at the leasing[]

Apartment Amenities that Sell - Back to the Basics

Apartment Amenities that Sell: Back to the Basics

Just as much as you hear what sells in multifamily, behind closed doors apartment leaders are scratching their heads about the next frontier of amenities. Resident and pet pleasures and perks are sliced, diced and stewed in board rooms just about every day. As it is, many rental housing communities are already loaded to the[]

Technology Puts Muscle into Saving Time, Money in Residential, Commercial Construction

Technology Puts Muscle into Saving Time and Money on Construction

Ben Bruns of the Weitz Co. says that in some ways the construction industry was more efficient before World War II. Erecting buildings just didn’t take so long. At a recent student housing conference, the company’s national development director pointed to the Empire State Building as an example. Built in 1931, the wondrous tower stretched[]

Navigating Through ADA Compliance on Property Websites

Americans with Disabilities Act compliance is going beyond the physical equipment around the property and into the digital age. Website accessibility for the disabled has become a hot topic in recent years and the multifamily community needs to consider property website compliance. Earlier this year, regulations aimed at federal institutions to ensure website-accessibility compliance began[]

It’s up to Multifamily to Listen to What Gen Z Is Saying

It’s up to Multifamily to Listen to What Gen Z Is Saying

With the arrival of a new generation of renters, marketing strategies typically change in multifamily housing and other businesses. Millennials have made more impact in the apartment industry by transforming leasing and amenity preferences than any other generation. And Gen Z, the next wave coming into focus, isn’t just following suit. One thing both are[]

Future Renters and Apartment Demand Factors

Future Renters and Apartment Demand Factors

As discussed in RealWorld 2018 sessions  As the apartment industry runs through its cycles, changes in apartment demand and demographics are fostered by economic fluctuation. And with the expectation that the economy is on the cusp of a new direction, multifamily strategies are likely to shift. Various factors dictate apartment demand and how future renters[]

A Consultative Approach to Enhancing Revenue Management

A Consultative Approach to Enhancing Revenue Management

The analytics of an effective revenue management tool go a long way toward helping a multifamily property realize its full potential. But the real trick to getting the most out the software that has redefined multifamily management in recent years goes deeper. The churn in analytics that balances supply and demand for maximizing revenue growth[]

The 3 Tiers of a Property's Risk Management Strategy

The 3 Tiers of a Property’s Risk Management Strategy

With property operations, every day the sun sets and rises with the risk of incurring vacancy losses, bad debt, collection and concession losses, and more. “Do you have a risk management strategy?” It’s one of the top questions asked of property management companies, and many organizations mistake risk mitigation for risk management. If your company[]

Multifamily Accounting to Manage Projected Growth

Multifamily Accounting to Manage Projected Growth

A fundamental of economics is that when supply and demand meet in that coveted sweet spot, the piece of the pie usually gets larger. Never more true, is in the current multifamily housing cycle. The last five years haven’t disappointed, as transaction volume has reached record proportions, exceeding $100 billion annually. According to the National[]

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