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[]

apartment communities
 

Why Branding Matters for Apartment Communities

Does branding matter for apartment communities? Some of the apartment industry’s top marketing professionals offered their insights on how a “golden brand” may attract and retain residents at the 2013 NMHC OpTech Conference.

apartment market intelligence
 

Introducing RealPage Data Analytics: A One-Stop-Shop for Apartment Market Intelligence

Multifamily housing now is getting closer to fully embracing the holy grail of apartment market intelligence data. And the timing couldn’t be better. As the apartment industry rapidly adjusts to the changing landscape of the current cycle, RealPage Data Analytics will soon provide a singular source for critical market information. The new platform blends key[]

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Baby Boomers Can Make an Impact in Multifamily

Millennials are grabbing all the front page multifamily headlines, but the industry should look inside a little deeper at a demographic that is already making news and plans to stay in the limelight for the next several years. So says one well-respected apartment market official. Baby Boomers are the new hipsters in rental housing, says[]

 

Aging Construction, Maintenance Demographic Calls for Extra Care, Safety

Workers who build apartments and other construction aren’t getting any younger. Neither are those who maintain them. In an industry hard-hit in recent years by labor shortages, the median age of men and women who hammer, saw and build roads has crept to 41, according to an assessment by the National Association of Home Builders[]

the home depot
 

Exploring New Paint Technology from The Home Depot

Improved paint technology from The Home Depot making touch-ups, matching easier Paint, like everything else has gone digital. Improved color-matching through hand-held spectrophotometers and software is making it more possible to match old paint with new on apartment remodels. Improved computer technology identifies the near-perfect match and advancements in pigmentation seal the deal. Finding the[]

 

Apartment Design Trends from The Home Depot

Insights from The Home Depot on designing today’s apartments for the younger generation A new set of trends, likes and dislikes accompany every generation that comes along. Today’s older apartment residents cut their teeth on goldenrod and avocado appliances, then graduated to granite countertops and tile floors. Those preferences seemed light years away from the[]

property maintenance
 

Why Hiring a 5-Star Property Maintenance Team is Critical in Multifamily

Anticipation hung in the air as Pinnacle Senior Vice President Raymond Van Beveren waited for the “interview.” The standing room only crowd, uncharacteristic for a property maintenance-oriented session at a multifamily conference, stifled a few giggles as the applicant, a broad-shouldered man, sauntered to the stage. “I’m here, I’m here!” he said as the crowd[]

apartment renovations
 

How Apartment Renovations Can Improve ROI

Rehab market has changed, but opportunities for creating good ROI through apartment renovations still exist As rents become more competitive and apartment inventory approaches its peak this year, the case for rehabilitating older properties in some markets may be strengthening. Done right, a modest upgrade of a 20- or 30-year-old multifamily community can offer renters[]

 

Millennials Staying at Home: How Multigenerational Living Impacts Multifamily

Talk of younger generations moving into their first homes always gets an ear in the multifamily industry. But many 25- and 35-year-old Millennials are likely to stay at home longer than previous generations or move back into the family nest. A recent Pew Research Center survey notes that 15 percent of these Millennials are living[]

 

Residents and Managers Sound Off at RealWorld 2017

RealWorld is fast becoming the place where multifamily industry leaders and residents get face to face. For the second straight year, RealWorld 2017, a leading property management conference set for July 16-18 in Las Vegas, will host an educational session featuring un-staged interaction between apartment residents from the greater Las Vegas area and multifamily panelists.[]

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