How to Build a Sense of Community in your Apartment Building

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How to Build a Sense of Community in your Apartment Building

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The apartment lifestyle has many benefits in terms of convenience and amenities. But a benefit you might not have considered is the sense of community that you can share in — or even help create. The close-quarter lifestyle of apartment living perfectly allows for harboring a sense of community and creating lasting friendships.
The benefits of living in a “community-minded” neighborhood are outstanding! Going on vacation and need someone to water your plants? Who better to ask than your next door neighbor! Baking some cookies and need to borrow a stick of butter? Good thing you know your neighbor!

Being a Good Neighbor

You already realize, of course, the basics of being a good neighbor. Simple things like saying hello to neighbors, cleaning up after your pet, keeping your noise levels in check, thanking the maintenance workers and office staff, maybe even noticing trash in common areas and cleaning it up (even if it isn’t yours).

Creating Community

Beyond being a good neighbor, in order to get the most out of your daily relationships, here are some fun, easy ideas you can use in order to best enjoy the benefits of community living, while creating some lasting relationships along the way.

-Have a monthly potluck.

-Ask management to put up a bulletin boards in a common area, or start an online group- to post things like information on pet/baby sitters, items for sale, job ads, etc.

-Ask the rental office about organizing an event yourself — things like a monthly book club or games night; a regularly scheduled time and day for people to run, walk or bike together; weekly play dates for moms/dads and their children, or even their pets!

Getting to know your neighbors and living as a community can be a great experience. After all, you never know who might end up being more than just a neighbor! Give some of these suggestions a try at your apartment community. A stronger sense of community benefits everyone.

The friendly staff at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments in Fort Wayne know that living as a community is the best way to live! They do a great job of creating a great, community-driven atmosphere. They offer many different floorplans (including up to three bedroom apartments and even townhomes) and would love for you to join their community! If you would like to experience all the joys of living in a friendly, tight-knit community, give them a call today at (260) 747-7000.

Where do You think Highest Rent in the Country is?

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At $445.00 a month for a one bedroom apartment, Willow Creek Crossing Apartments here in Fort Wayne, IN, is $786 a month below the national average of about $1,231 per month.

In general, Midwestern towns like Fort Wayne have lower than average rents, so, it may be hard to believe that the US town with the highest priced one bedroom apartments isn’t in New York or San Francisco, but Williston, North Dakota, population 18,532 according to the US Census, but closer to 30,000 if you ask the locals.  Located a few miles South of Canada, and a few miles East of Montana, Williston is in the center of America’s oil boom.  There are good paying jobs there, and plenty of people moving in to take them.  The only problem? Not enough apartments to fill the demand, so the rent goes up.

How far up?

How about $2,400 a month.

That’s’ almost $2,000 a month more than Willow Creek Crossing, but without the two swimming pools and fitness center.

It’s also a lot higher than New York where a one bedroom apartment goes for about $1,500 a month, or LA where it the rent will set you back over $1,400 a month, or Boston where a typical one bedroom runs $1,537 a month.

Paying the rent isn’t fun, but at least you have a great apartment, with lots of amenities, at a price well below what most of America is paying.  And it’s a terrific bargain compared to Williston ND.

Stats provided by Apartments dot com.

 

This Valentine’s Day, Fall in Love with Your Apartment (Again)

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Valentine’s Day ushers in the season of love. How about rekindling some romance with your living space. Here are five ideas that can help you love your apartment.

1. invest in some house plants that can add color and fragrance to your apartment. They also add some responsibility to remember to water them, and to have someone look after them when you go on vacation. While not quite the same, artificial plant arrangements can also add warmth and color to your living space.

2. If you don’t want to add a real flower or plant, how about a painting or lithograph of one, or of anything else that you find stimulating or relaxing. Nice art work in your apartment can transform your apartment, Turn off your TV for awhile and just enjoy looking at the art on your walls. As you know, the artwork itself isn’t very expensive. It’s the frames that cost money. Visit thrift stores and garage sales to find low cost but interesting frames.

3. Again, if you don’t want to add plants and flowers, you can plug in a great scent. In fact today there are so many scents available, you can switch fragrances every week or so. Another good idea is the pay attention to the anti-scents, like that pile of laundry, the garbage or the cat box. A fresh clean fragrance can help you fall in love all over again with your living space.

4. Add lighting. Lighting can be decorative, of course, but it can also give your old place a completely new look. Bright lighting, especially during the darker winter times, can simply make your outlook on things brighter as well. Proper lighting has another design effect. If makes your rooms look larger. And who doesn’t love larger rooms?

5. Now that you’ve added the fragrance and beauty of fresh flowers, the color and look of fine art on your walls, and brightened up your life with more lighting, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your apartment. Valentines Day falls on a Monday this year, and hopefully, you’ll be out celebrating with your own Valentine. But the weekend before Valentines Day would be a great time to cocoon in your apartment, and read a good book. Anyone have any suggestion?

Lower your Loan Rates by Simply Paying your Rent

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Why is is important to build and keep a high credit score?  Because sooner or later, you’re going to want a car loan, or new credit card.  Or, you might want to take advantage of an offer for no payments for six months or a year on a major purchase.  Whether or not you’ll get the loan and how low the interest rate might be, depends on your credit score, the higher the better.

Earlier this year, One of the nation’s largest credit reporting companies, Experian, announced it would begin including rental payments in its credit score formula.

This means that paying your rent on time can help boost your credit score. On the other hand, paying late, may hurt your credit score. With credit scores, the higher the better.

Even some auto insurance companies base your rates on your credit score, and now, some employers have been using them when assessing job applicants, although this is getting the attention of government agencies..

In response to Experian’s decision, various websites have started up to help consumers make the most of their rental payment from a credit score angle. Williampaid.com, for example, will not only pay your rent for you automatically-it deducts your payment from your bank account for a $1.75 monthly fee-it will also report your rental payment to FICO, the main credit-monitoring firm, for $2.50 per month.

There’s also a new Website called RentReporters.com that says it can verify residential rental payments of 100 millionU.S.renters and transfer that information to consumer credit reports, thus helping them to boost their credit scores. (Estimate your credit score for free.)

At any rate, it pays to have a good credit score, and now the simple act of paying your rent on time can help you earn one.  One good way to do that is to use our online pay option.  It’s really easy, so give it try.

 

Living in 130 square feet of space

The view from your Paris apartment is one reason why the rents are so high and space is so small.

We Americans sometimes forget how good we have it.  Here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, our smallest floor plans offer 650 square feet of living space.  In Europe, living spaces are much smaller, and much more expensive as well.

Click here to see an interesting article about how designers turned a 130 square foot bedroom into its own apartment.   Click here to view our one bedroom 650 square foot unit, the Eastwind, a great one bedroom apartment that is also well designed to make the most of space.

 

Need an Apartment?

Looking for a one bedroom apartment in Fort Wayne? Willow Creek Crossing has 1 bedroom apartments for rent. Take a tour of the Northern Cross, our featured one bedroom apartment.

View additional apartment tours for one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom apartments at http://willowcreekcrossingapartments.com/WillowCreek/floorplans.htm