What Does America Think It Takes To Be Roommate Of The Year?

Apartments.com Asks America to Cast Its Vote to Help Determine Which of Five Finalists Will Be Crowned the 2013 Roommate of the Year and Take Home Free Rent for a Year + $10,000

Jun 03, 2013, 05:00 ET from Apartments.com

CHICAGO, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In its fifth year, Apartments.com Roommate of the Year contest asks America to help determine which qualities a roommate should possess to set themselves apart from the rest as the best.  From having a compunction for compulsive cleaning to artistic ability, being awesome across state lines, caring for pets or being an all-around great guy, the five finalists in the 2013 Apartments.com Roommate of the Year contest have these roommate skills covered and then some. Apartments.com now unveils the top candidates in the fifth annual Roommate of the Year contest, inviting America to weigh in on what makes the best roommate by voting for their favorite entry at http://www.roommateoftheyear.com. Voting is open now through July 7, 2013 when the votes will be tabulated, and one outstanding roomie will be named the fifth Apartments.com Roommate of the Year and win the grand prize of free rent for one year plus $10,000. Each of the four runner-up winners will receive $500. When casting their vote, the public is asked to judge the finalists' videos with equal weight on originality and creativity, overall wow factor, persuasive argument and style and production.

Last year, Dan Bakst, a student at the University of South Florida studying television production and a resident of Tampa, FL, claimed the grand prize with his video The All-Star Roommate Musical. Bakst wove a musical tale of his roommate talents, ultimately bringing his jaded roommate around to the conclusion that having Dan as a real roommate is better than having a robot created at home. Bakst, who was a second year contest participant, plans to use the money he saved from not paying rent for a year to pursue graduate school.

"Winning the coveted title of 'Roommate of the Year' has allowed our past contest winners to pursue life-changing opportunities," said Tammy Kotula, Apartments.com spokesperson. "By not having to pay rent for a year, our first winner, Keaton Davis, was able to spend a summer as a television production intern in New York City. Andrew Prestler, our second winner, paid for college, and our third winner, Jesse McLaughlin, used some of the savings to get engaged. We look forward to seeing what America thinks of this year's finalists and finding out what our grand prize winner will do with the money he or she saves from having rent paid for a full year!"

The public can view videos and vote for their favorite roommate now through July 7, 2013 at http://www.roommateoftheyear.com. Visitors can vote for their favorite video once every 24 hours until the end of the voting stage. Upon conclusion of the public voting stage, one grand prize and four runner-up winners will be determined by a combination of public vote (60%) and a third-party judging panel (40%).

Meet the 2013 Apartments.com Roommate of the Year Finalists:
One of these fantastic finalists will become the Roommate of the Year, winning the grand prize of free rent for a year plus $10,000. The remaining four loveable roomies will take home runner-up prizes of $500 each. The 2013 finalists for Apartments.com Roommate of the Year are:

The All-Star Roomie Category


This category celebrates all-around roommate greatness for those roomies whose special qualities don't fit into just one category.

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Aldo Pineda = The All-Star Roommate

Aldo Pineda is no felon, but he is wanted in three states for being too awesome. Aldo displays his cool by training dogs, rescuing troubled friends, being the ultimate motivator and making one great cup of Joe. Vote for Awesome. Vote for Aldo. Submitted by Aldo Pineda of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Retro Roommate of the Year

Giovanna Pietri flips through a slideshow of handmade drawings to show us why having her as a roommate gets you more than you would ever expect! Jump into her drawings and experience life: being baked delicious pies, meeting your prince charming and even help with a mysterious situation. Give her a view and a vote for her roommate creativity today! Submitted by Giovanna Pietri of Kissimmee, Florida.

I am my own All-Star Roomie

Justin Yapp is searching for the perfect roommate. After an online listing brings in numerous potential roommates knocking at his door, the perfect roommate walks right in and sings a stellar tune to show why he's the right pick. Is it all a dream? Is Justin actually his own all-star roomie? Watch to find out and vote for Justin! Submitted by Justin Yapp of Madison, Wisconsin.

Mr. Suit Does It All in Style

Ali Ijaz wears a suit like no other roommate in the world! No, he isn't a debonair secret agent or well-dressed corporate executive, yet he belts out a jingle in style to show how he cooks scrambled eggs, cleans up messes, and takes care of all  pets, even miniature-sized goats. A vote for Ali is a vote for stylish roommates everywhere. Submitted by Ali Ijaz of San Marcos, Texas.


The Loveable Compulsive Category

In this category, the finalists explain and demonstrate the particular traits that make them the perfect roommate.

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Compulsive Noir

Think being a loveable compulsive roommate of the year is a breeze? For Sharod, it is, until you run into dried nacho cheese. This fictional crime-like video features a secret package and shadowy household chores.  Get the secret mission done and vote for Sharod! Submitted by Sharod Bell of McDonough, Georgia.

To view the finalists' videos and cast a vote for the Apartments.com Roommate of the Year contest, visit  http://www.roommateoftheyear.com.

About Apartments.com
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