Prove You’re the Best Roomie and Live Rent Free

April 07, 2012

Are you an awesome Chicago real estate roommate? If you can prove it, you could win a year of free rent.

Chicago-based Apartments.com has launched its fourth annual Roommate of the Year Video contest, which searches for America’s best roommate and awards him or her with a year of free rent plus $10,000 in cash.

Female Friends Moving Into New HomeNew this year is a Roommate Video Shorts contest, which recognizes the smaller feats of roommate greatness and will award four weekly prizes of a $250 gift card.

Through this annual contest, Apartments.com stresses the importance of finding and being a good roommate. More than 63 percent of renters either currently live with a roommate — friends, spouses, significant others, children or even pets — or plan to move in with one when their current lease expires, according to a recent Apartments.com survey. Couple that with the fact 65 percent of renters reported having lived at their current residence for two years or more, and the case for roommate harmony becomes even more apparent.

“Experts are projecting rents will increase nationwide yet again this year,” said Tammy Kotula, Apartments.com spokesperson. “With apartment vacancies at their lowest point in more than a decade, the trend of renters rooming together to share costs, or just to share space, supports the need to take roommate selection seriously. This contest gives people a fun and creative outlet to showcase those roommate qualities they believe to be most important.”

For 2012, there are two ways renters can spotlight their roommate worthiness; by submitting a two-minute video for a chance to win the grand prize, and/or submitting a 30 second video for the Roommate Video Shorts contest.

“The Roommate Video Shorts contest gives even more roomies the opportunity to distinguish themselves from the crowd by shining a spotlight on special talents, spectacular stunts or feats of roommate excellence for the rest the country to see,” said Kotula. “By offering them another way to get involved and a chance to win weekly prizes, we are able to maintain the production quality and creativity levels in the grand prize contest, while opening up the competition to as many great roommates out there who want to become involved.”

OK, renters, ready to enter? Get out your video cameras and creatively show America why you are the best roommate in the country through a video of two minutes or less. Entrants are challenged to showcase the specific attributes that qualify them to be Roommate of the Year through one of the four contest categories:

*The Loveable Compulsive

*The Purr-fect Pet Owner

*The Environmentalist

*The All-Star Roomie

All entries will be narrowed down to a field of up to 15 finalists, and then the judges, along with the public, will vote for their favorite roomie and narrow down the competition to five winners. From the five winners, one grand prize winner will be named and four runner-up winners will each receive $500.

How to enter the Roommate Video Shorts Contest:

Maybe you can flip a pancake 15 feet in the air, or make a bed in 10 seconds flat. Maybe you can dust and vacuum at the same time, or you cook like a five-star chef. Whatever your special skill is that makes you the most remarkable roommate, capture it on video and enter for your chance to win one of four weekly $250 cash prizes. This video needs to be only 30 seconds long. One winner per week will be chosen for this award beginning April 20.

Great roommates should visit roommateoftheyear.com and get ready to live rent-free for a year!

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