Summer Season Kick-Off Open House

summer open house 2017

summer open house 2017

Residents, mark your calendars and plan to attend our Summer Season “Kick-off” Open house.

Where: The Leasing Office
When: Saturday, May 20th, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Refreshments will be served and we will have plenty of awesome prizes! (you must enter in person on Saturday to win).

Sign up to suit up…
and get your golf passes and tennis court keys

The Willow Creek Crossing Apartments staff will be available Saturday, May 20th, for you to get your Pool Rules Addendum with the new code to the combination locks on the pool gates. We will also be making FREE identification cards for those residents who don’t have one or have lost one and answering questions you may have about using the swimming pools.
Please note: this will be the only day we will replace lost identification cards at no cost.

Residents listed on your lease application as dependents, who are at least 14 years of age, as well as non-resident babysitters, may be issued an ID to use the pool; however, they must be accompanied to our office with a resident named on the lease agreement who can prove their eligibility. A $10 background check fee will be charged for non-resident babysitters.

On Saturday, we will also make your golf passes, provide you with tennis court keys, and all the information you need to take advantage of your Willow Creek Crossing amenities!

*Note that keys and lease addendums will only be issued to leaseholders.

Also, we will be collecting items for the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry. They even accept open bags of treats and pet food!

We hope to see you all there.

The 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Apartment Hunting

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apartment hunting

Apartment hunting is fun when you’re dreaming about the perfect living space, but it’s a lot less romantic when you’re in the throws of it. In fact, it can be a downright stressful experience made worse when you make rookie mistakes.

Take the stress out of it with these five mistakes to avoid to make apartment hunting easier:

1. Not Having Your Paperwork Ready When Apartment Hunting

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when actively hunting is failing to have your life, – er, paperwork together. Get your paystubs, bank statements, references, co-signers forms, pet resumes, and anything else a landlord might want together in one place before you start.

2. Not Checking Your Reception

Can you hear me now? There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect place, moving in, and realizing you need to hit the deli three blocks away to get 4G. Keep an eye on your bars as you move through the showing to make sure you don’t become a real life Verizon commercial.

3. Not Making Sure Your Stuff Fits

Grab measurements of the main rooms and compared them with your current place and the furniture in it. There’s nothing like moving house to save money on rent to find out you need to buy a new sofa or wardrobe because you can’t fit it into the room. The same rings true for personal possessions. Look for ample storage space when you view the property.

4. Not Taking Pictures

You’re in charge of maintaining the rental to an acceptable standard. In most cases, you’ll also be liable for damages when you move out. Unleash your inner photography student and take pictures of every inch of the rental on the day you move in. Then, send them to the leasing agent. Taking pictures of the condition of the apartment documents the state in which you received it. If there’s a stain on the wall, the pictures illustrate that it was already there. Those pictures are your proof in the event the landlord tries to charge you for damage that wasn’t your fault.

5. Not Reading the Lease

Most leasing agents use a cut-and-paste lease standard to the renting and real estate industry. As far as the text goes, they’re not about to become the next Hollywood blockbuster. They’re more like a straight-to-DVD kind of deal. But you need to read it anyway.

The lease will include several pages of details, but those details are full of important information. It tells you things like:

  • who is responsible for what payments
  • late fees and interest on rent
  • the length of the lease (and terms)
  • rules for amenities
  • and any rules for renting their house

Reading the lease is the difference between knowing the landlord doesn’t want you to put nails in the wall and being hit with a $1,500 bill when you move out for hanging up your Bowie records collection. Remember, don’t just read the lease – ask questions.

Apartment hunting is an inevitably stressful process for most of us, but it doesn’t need to be like the hunger games. Want to skip the stress entirely? Come visit Willow Creek Crossing Apartments to see how you can live the good life.

10 Great Things to Do in Fort Wayne in May

what to do in fort wayne - may 2017

what to do in fort wayne - may 2017

Happy May! If you’re looking for something fun to do this month, you’ve come to the right place. We have a list of some of the great things to do in Fort Wayne in May.

Cinco de May Margarita Tent

May 5, 2017
Salud Tapas ‘n Tequila will be hosting Cinco de Mayo Margarita Tent. Enjoy tacos, beer, live music, and margaritas.

BikeFusion

May 5, 2017
Kick off cycling season at BikeFusion at Turnstone Athletic Center and fellow fitness enthusiasts while enjoying music, festival food, craft beer, a bicycle art show, and other family friendly activities.

Beer & Barre BQ

May 6, 2017
Enjoy Craft beers, BBQ including vegetarian options, live music, and performances by the Fort Wayne Ballet at the University of St. Francis.

SolFest

May 6-7
SolFest at Fox Island Park is a 2-day celebration of the sun with live music, kids activities, hayrides, food, kayak demonstrations, vendors, and more.

Fort Wayne Music Festival

May 10-14, 2017
Head over to Headwater’s Park for the Fort Wayne Musical Festival which features 4 days of music with a little something for everyone.

Mommie Dearest and Mimosas

May 14, 2017
Celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom at Mommie Dearest and Mimosas at the Cinema Center.

Tears for Fears

May 18, 2017
Tears for Fears, the English alternative rock band from the 80’s will be at the Embassy Theater on May 18th playing some of your favorite tracks such as Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Head Over Heals, Mad World, and more.

Downtown Farmer’s Market

The weather is finally warm enough to take the Farmer’s Market outside. Head out to the YLNI Barr Street Market for fresh produce and more from local farmer’s and crafters.

Pedal for Paws

May 20, 2017
Have fun while supporting H.O.P.E for animals at Pedal for Paws at Pedal City. Enjoy pedal car rides, beer, food, games, music, raffle items and more!

Free Outdoor Movie

May 27, 2017
Enjoy a free outdoor showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Sweets so Geek.

Why Renting Is Better Than Buying A House

why renting

why renting

Renting property has increased in recent years. Simply, we’re becoming more nomadic. Whether it’s a new job or family (maybe both), people are moving in growing numbers. And it’s this tendency to pick up everything and go that’s fueling the renting market.

Here are just a few reasons why renting is better than buying.

Avoid market collapse

One of the biggest advantages to renting is financial security. Metropolitan areas like San Francisco and Washington D.C. are well-known for their housing bubbles. Eventually, when they pop, millions of people will lose out on property values.

Here’s a perfect example:

The average house in San Francisco is now roughly $800,000. If you purchased a property in the city in the early 70’s and 80’s, you’re a basically millionaire. For those who have purchased a house in the city in recent years, it’s a different story. With property values expected to dive sharply, San Franciscans can expect to loose on their real estate investments.This is a perfect example of why renting is a good idea. You’ll avoid investing in potentially unstable markets.

Even in Fort Wayne, housing property fluctuates. This is a perfect example of why renting is a good idea. You’ll avoid investing in potentially unstable markets.

Go ahead, breathe easy — and rent.

Repairs and upkeep are included

Most renting leases have you covered should any repairs come up. Renting an apartment usually means the landlord will be responsible for any and all repairs. This will surely give you, the renter, piece of mind.

A single hail-damaged roof can cost upwards of $10,000 to repair. A hefty price tag, for sure. Luckily, if you’re renting, you won’t be responsible for coughing up that money. The same goes for a break in plumbing or broken water heater. Indoor flooding can ruin carpets, rot drywall and much more. Before you know it, a repair bill is in the thousands. Again, if these were truly not of your fault, your apartment community is responsible for the repairs, not you.

Moral of the story: Rent for a little piece of mind. Buy if you like paying for unexpected surprises.

You’re not tied down

One of the biggest advantages to renting is the ability to not be tied down. With most real estate purchases, you’re anchored by fifteen-plus year mortgages. When you’re renting, you can decide to leave your dwelling when the lease is up or even earlier if you can find someone to take it over.

In some instances, you can rent a property month to month. However, those properties see higher rents. If you agree to a year’s long or longer lease, you can expect to see more affordable prices. And, with many people moving around so often these days, it makes perfect sense to rent. Buying a house and having to sell it after only a year or two can be taxing. Emotionally, physically, and financially.

Rent and save. Make new friends and enjoy community events. In the process, you’ll avoid a lot of hassles.

Have any more questions or concerns about why renting is the way to go? Get in touch with us at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments!

 

Questions to Ask Before Signing an Apartment Rental Lease

apartment rental lease
apartment rental lease
House with “For Rent” sign in front

These days, more Americans than ever are renting apartments as opposed to buying – close to 43 million households! If you’re ready to sign your new rental lease in Fort Wayne or another city of your dreams, it’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement that you forget to ask important questions and evaluate the benefits of apartment living. We’ve got you covered! In this post, we’re sharing with you the top questions you need to ask before you sign that rental lease.

1. “Which Utilities Will I Cover?”

Make sure you know whether or not the cost of your utilities is included in the rent price, or if you’re expected to cover those costs on your own. These are things like electricity, your internet and cable bill, gas, and water. If they aren’t included in your rent, ask your landlord if they have connections to get you better prices or bundled services.

2. “How Do I Pay You Rent?”

Always make sure you know who to make your check out to each month. Ask about the address, the due date, and if there is a “grace period” or a fine if your rent check is late for any reason. You may even be able to pay your rent online.

3. “Do I Need Renter’s Insurance?”

Once you’ve found the perfect place to live, you still need to be sure that your belongings are protected in the case of a fire, flood, or other damaging disasters. While we always recommend that renters look into affordable renter’s insurance, for some apartment communities, it’s a requirement!

Make sure you can still afford the cost of your apartment once you take into consideration the monthly insurance cost.

4. “Can I Renovate My Apartment?”

While most landlords probably won’t have a problem with you rearranging the furniture or hanging pictures on the walls, you need to know what changes you can and cannot make to your new living space. Ask if you can:

  • Paint your walls
  • Make changes to the bathtub/shower
  • Change out light fixtures
  • Switch out cabinet knobs
  • And pretty much any other changes you may decide to make.

Keep in mind that some changes may lower the amount of the security deposit you get when you decide to move out or you may have to change them back before leaving.

You Know What To Ask Before Signing Your Rental Lease!

Thanks to this post, you know what you need to be familiar with before you sign, so you can agree to the terms of your rental lease without any stress.

Looking for more awesome renting tips? Have additional questions about the process? We’re here to help! Get in touch with us to learn more about the apartments we offer. If you like what you see, you can even apply to rent one online! Plus, our blog has all the latest rental news, so you’ll always be informed about the best deals in your area so be sure to check back or subscribe to our blog.

Now, you can sign your lease and enjoy apartment living!

Earth Day 2017: Ways You Can Help the Environment

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Celebrate Earth Day Saturday, April 22nd!

The first Earth Day was held in 1970. Every year since, April 22nd is celebrated around the world to remind us that it is in our hands to preserve and protect our planet for future generations. Even small steps make a difference. It’s a good time to reconsider old habits and incorporate new ones into our daily lives and be good to Mother Earth.

At home:

  • Turn off lights when you leave the room
  • Have the kids turn off the TV AND the video game console when they are done playing
  • Turn off the faucet when brush your teeth
  • Donate old clothes, furnishings and toys, instead of throwing them away
  • Switch to Energy Star-rated CFL lightbulbs which use 75 percent less energy and can last 10 times longer than standard bulbs
  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full
  • Don’t hand wash dishes — the dishwasher uses significantly less water and energy than hand washing does

At work:

  • Carpool — it reduces emissions and saves you money, too!
  • Set up the office printer and copy machine to print on both sides of the page
  • Set your computer to go into “sleep” mode if you will be away from it for more than a few minutes

Food and beverages:

  • Brew USDA ”certified” organic coffee at home — it’s grown using sustainable methods
  • Use a travel mug at your favorite coffee shop instead or throw away cups — you may even get a discount!
  • Use refillable, reusable metal water bottles instead of plastic bottles designed for one-time use
  • Go meatless (even if just on Mondays) — large-scale meat production creates pollution and emits greenhouse gases and are the leading cause of climate change
  • Eat local and seasonal whenever possible — if you haven’t already, check out the Fort Wayne Farmers Market to buy your fruit and veggies from local farmers

Running errands:

  • Bring your own bags to the grocery store
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit — higher speeds guzzle more gas
  • Check your tires air pressure regularly — keeping them filled to your car’s guidelines improves mileage
  • Use Fort Wayne’s ever-expanding trail system to get places without a car — and get some exercise at the same time!

    In the community:

  • Celebrate “Earth Day Fort Wayne” at Eagle Marsh on Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 5PM — a free, family-friendly event with something for everyone, including conservation tips, wetland/nature presentations, a drawing for special prizes, and more.
  • Help keep Fort Wayne beautiful — The Great American Clean-Up in Fort Wayne is on Sunday, May 2oth. Check the website for details

    Happy Earth Day!

Tax Day Deals and Freebies

tax day deals and freebies

tax day deals and freebies

Don’t forget, today is the last day to file your taxes. And, to help relieve some of the stress (and possible financial burden) of tax day a few companies in Fort Wayne are offering special discounts to customers. Be sure to call ahead to make sure your location is offering the tax day deal or freebie

Bob Evans – save 30% off your meal with this coupon.

Noodles & Company is offering $4 off any $10 purchase placed through order.noodles.com using the code TAXDAY17 at checkout.

McDonald’s (in select regions) is offering customers a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder for just 1cent when you purchase one of those sandwiches at the regular price on April 18.

Arby’s – Get a free curly fries at select locations

Planet Fitness – Get a free HydroMassage at Planet Fitness with a coupon available starting on April 15 on their website.

Sonic – Cheeseburgers are half off at Sonic on Tax Day

Firehouse Subs is offering a free medium sub from April 18 to 20 with the purchase of another medium or large sub, chips and drink.

Chili’s – Participating Chili’s will have $6 blueberry and pineapple margaritas on Tax Day.

Staples – Get up to 2 pounds of documents shredded for free through April 22.

Questions to Ask Before Signing A Rental Lease

rental lease

rental lease

These days, more Americans than ever are renting homes and apartments as opposed to buying – close to 43 million households! If you’re ready to sign your new rental lease in the city of your dreams, it’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement that you forget to ask important questions and evaluate the benefits of apartment living. We’ve got you covered! In this post, we’re sharing with you the top questions you need to ask before you sign that rental lease.

1. “Which Utilities Will I Cover?”

Make sure you know whether or not the cost of your utilities is included in the rent price, or if you’re expected to cover those costs on your own. These are things like electricity, your Internet and cable bill, your gas, and your water. If they aren’t included in your rent, ask your landlord if they have connections to get you better prices or bundled services.

2. “How Do I Pay You Rent?”

Always make sure you know who to make your check out to each month (and research the company to make sure it’s reputable.) Ask about the address, the due date, and if there is a “grace period” or a fine if your rent check is late for any reason. Depending on your landlord, you may even be able to pay your rent online.

3. “Do I Need Renter’s Insurance?”

Once you’ve found the perfect place to live, you still need to be sure that your belongings are protected in the case of a fire, flood, or other damaging disasters. While we always recommend that renters look into affordable renter’s insurance, for some landlords, it’s a requirement! Make sure you can still afford the cost of your apartment once you take into consideration the monthly insurance cost.

4. “Can I Renovate My Apartment?”

While most landlords probably won’t have a problem with you rearranging the furniture or hanging pictures on the walls, you need to know what changes you can and cannot make to your new living space.

Ask if you can:

  • Paint your walls
  • Make changes to the bathtub/shower
  • Change out light fixtures
  • Switch out cabinet knobs

And pretty much any other changes you may decide to make. Keep in mind that some changes may lower the amount of the security deposit you get when you decide to move out.

You Know What To Ask Before Signing Your Rental Lease!

Thanks to this post, you know what you need to be familiar with before you sign, so you can agree to the terms of your rental lease without any stress!

Looking for more awesome renting tips? Have additional questions about the renting process? We’re here to help! Get in touch with us to learn more about the apartments we offer. If you like what you see, you can even apply to rent one online! Plus, our blog has all the latest rental news, so you’ll always be informed about the best deals in your area.

Now, you can sign your lease and enjoy apartment living!

What to Do in Fort Wayne in April

what to do in fort wayne april 2016
Spring, is that really you? Always such a tease! But, maybe, just maybe, Spring really is knocking on our door and we can think about enjoying some time outside once again! Below are some fun and entertaining things to get you and the family outside during the month of April. (Though, she’s fooled us before, so we’ve also put in some suggestions for indoor fun, too — just in case!).

OUTSIDE

Tin Caps Opening Day

April 8th, 6:05pm
Head out to the ballpark for the Tincaps opening day game vs Bowling Green.

Easter Bone Hunt

April 9th
Pack up your pooch and head out to the 9th annual Easter Bone Hunt on Sunday, April 9th at Franke Park to enjoy a fun with your dog. There will dog-friendly games, crafts & even tattoos. Prize baskets will be given away to the lucky pups who find prize eggs! All dogs admitted for a $15 donation & proceeds will go toward FWACC’s Adoption & Volunteer programs. Bring some extra dough and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny!

The Buzz about Bees

April 18th,  9:30-11 am
“If you have a busy little bee at home, bring them down to the Salomon Farms for The Buzz about Bees Spring Programs for Kids (and their grownups!) to learn what all of the buzz is about! Instructor Glenn Hile, local beekeeper, and owner of Glenn’s Natural Honey will teach little ones about the importance of bees using fun hands-on activities. Ages 3- 5.”

Stargazing at Riverfront Fort Wayne

April 19th
The third Wednesday of every month, head out to the Historic Wells Street Bridge for a night walk along the Fort Wayne Riverbanks. On this walk, you’ll also have a chance to see some rare star formations and learn about what’s going on in the universe from some friends from Science Central. This is a great, FREE opportunity for some fun for the whole family!

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Opening Day

April 22nd
Consider becoming a member of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo this year and enjoy the benefits here, and when you travel! Benefits include:

  • free Zoo admission for 1 year
  • 10% discount in the gift shop
  • discounted admission at more than 140 zoos nationwide
  • Zoo to You Magazine

INDOORS (Because April can be fickle, as we all know.)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone concert

April 7th
Love Harry Potter and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic? Then you’re in luck! Join the Fort Wayne Phil at the Memorial Coliseum on April 7 for Harry Potter in Concert.Watch the film on a giant screen as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic performs every note of John Williams’ score from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Fort Wayne Farmers Market

Saturday Mornings
Shop locally grown fruit, veggies, and crafts at the Fort Wayne Farmers Market which is still indoors this month at Parkview Field every Saturday morning until May 13. Early Spring veggies and the usual plethora of other treats will be available!

Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale

April 19-23rd
It’ back! Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale April 19-23. Spanning five days, this is a not-to-be-missed event for Vera Bradley fans. “Products available at the sale are primarily retired and overstock items (shop early for best selection). The first three days offer multiple ticketed sessions to shop where shoppers take advantage of great product selection (get your tickets early as sessions do sell out). The last two days are open to the public with no ticket required to enter.”

FWMoA Spring Party

April 21st, 7 pm
Celebrate Spring with a night of art, music, and food at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Spring Party on April 21st $8 Members / $15 Guests. Four times a year, the museum highlights current exhibits with a party that brings together art lovers to enjoy “specially designed decór and seasonal edibles from the area’s top caterers.”

Record Store Day

April 22nd
Enjoy live music from 16 area bands, food trucks, goodie bags, and free coffee and cookies at Wooden Nickel’s 10th annual Record Store Day on April 22nd at their North Anthony location.

Michiana Wine Festival

April 29th
Love wine? Then you won’t want to miss the Michiana Wine Festival on April 29 at Headwaters Park. Enjoy wine samples from over 150 wines from countless wineries across Indiana and Michigan.

 

5 Benefits of Living in an Apartment

advantages of renting an apartment

advantages of renting an apartment

If you live in an apartment, you may already know these 5 benefits of living in an apartment. If so, share them with friends and family and suggest they consider the apartment life, too!

1) Low Stress

Homeowners have to stay on top of their homes’ safety features by changing air filters, replacing outdated fire extinguishers, putting new batteries in the smoke detectors, and on and on! Apartment communities take care of all that routine maintenance that keeps you safe. They also take care of time-consuming maintenance like mowing grass, raking leaves, shoveling snow, and salting sidewalks giving you more time to enjoy the good life. Should you need maintenance, they’re just one phone call away instead of the stress of finding a repair person and the complications of fitting a service call into your schedule.

2) Community

In apartment communities, residents see each other frequently, get to know each other, and can quickly spot anything out of the ordinary. This is a particularly safe environment for single women, people with young children, and the elderly. There is almost always someone close by who can lend a hand.And, it’s also a great place for friendships to form! Apartment communities organize lots of social events to have fun and help neighbors get to know each other.

3) Location

Another great thing about living in an apartment community is how easy it is to get to everything you need! There are lots of stores and restaurants nearby. Major roads and highways, as well as bike trails and parks, are also close and convenient.

4) Amenities

Many apartment communities have a host of great amenities.  At Willow Creek Crossing Apartments we have numerous amenities to help our residents live the good life including:

  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Fitness Center
  • Tennis Courts
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Clubhouse
  • Billiard Room
  • Playground/Park with Charcoal Grills
  • Free Golf at Donald Ross Golf Course
  • Pet-Friendly Community

On top of all that, the professional and friendly Willow Creek Crossing office staff is always here to help!

Apartments in Fort Wayne

Find out for yourself all of the benefits of living in an apartment. Visit Willow Creek Crossing Apartments today for a tour of our community and our apartments.