Holiday snowmanThis Tuesday, December 22, marks the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year. While this is the official start to winter, in many places, winter is already in full effect. As schoolchildren, college students and others wrap up their studies and testing, their thoughts quickly turn to enjoying the holiday season – including throwing a snowball or two.

For apartment renters, winter is a terrific time of year. These are the top reasons why, when it comes to winter, renting rules:

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Winter activities draw many to the slopes and hills right near their apartments (of course, those living in the South are an exception). Having an apartment means choosing the location that best serves your need to frolic in a winter wonderland.

No Need to Be Scrooge

In Charles Dickens’ classic book, A Christmas Carol, the main character is thrifty, to the point of not providing heat to his surroundings. Apartment renters can save a signficiant amount of money on their heating costs, compared to homeowners. This means that, when the power bill arrives, you won’t have to say, “Bah, humbug!”

A Little Holiday Cheer

The holidays make us want to gather with friends and family – everyone just seems happier this time of year. Besides, “those relatives” –not unlike those portrayed in Christmas Vacation – may be visiting and you are looking for ways to keep them busy. The apartment community’s clubhouse and open spaces are great places to hold your holiday gathering and make memories that last a lifetime.

Head South for the Winter

Those in the southern U.S. may have a little more holiday fun than the rest of us. Instead of snow, the white winter they dream about is filled with sand, and it is not uncommon to see holiday lights on palm trees. If you want to escape Jack Frost’s bitter bite, head South, find the apartment of your dreams, and spend winter wearing short rather than scarves.

Sugar Plums and Christmas Cookies

These are just two of the many indulgences that you will be tempted with this holiday season. The colder it gets, the greater the amount of tasty treats we seem to crave. Hot cocoa? Check. Gingerbread cookies? Check. S’mores? Check. Looks like you may be visiting your apartment community’s fitness center more often, in the New Year. (Remember, if you lived in a house, you would have to pay gym membership.)

Use the Force

Okay, we are cheating on this one. It has nothing to do with winter or the holiday season. But let’s face it: what are people most looking forward to this holiday season? Spending time watching the new Star Wars movie.

Of course, smart renters use to find their perfect apartment for the winter. That means they save money by finding a more affordable apartment to call home. That also means they earn up to $200 in cash rewards for telling their leasing agent they used to find their new home. Now, they have more money for tickets and popcorn, and they know that, “The Force will be with you always”.