Parentally-Challenged 'Adultescents' to Compete for Independence in the 2006 Apartments.com Room To Move Contest


  CHICAGO, April 5, 2006 -- Apartments.com is once again looking for the nation's most freedom-worthy adultescent in the third annual Apartments.com Room To Move Contest. One lucky individual between the ages of 21 and 30 will get a new lease on life in the form of a total prize package valued at $21,500 in cash and prizes and the chance to finally break free from living with their family. Two runner up entries will receive $500 cash each. This year's exclusive contest sponsor, Budget Truck Rental, is contributing a moving truck rental and moving supplies to the grand prize package.

"Last year's winner was a 22-year-old woman sharing a bunk bed with her 16-year-old sister, so the bar is set high for this year's entries," said Michael Ricciardelli, Apartments.com spokesperson. "Living with your parents, siblings or other family members is not a source of pride for adultescents, but getting thousands of dollars in cash from Apartments.com -- and the independence that comes with it -- can help make up for some pretty tricky social maneuvering."

To ensure the "pride" of the family does not sneak back into the house, the prize includes the services of HGTV's My First Space to revamp the newly vacated room and help give the winner's family the den, exercise room or craft room they have always wanted -- and waited for.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau more than 18 million unmarried Americans aged 18 to 34 live with their families, so contest organizers are bracing themselves for a flood of entries detailing the humor and exasperation associated with this living arrangement, including house rules, tight quarters and the aggravation of spending the best years of one's single life under the watchful eyes of parents.

Apartments.com will judge contest photos and essays on the level of creativity and humor describing the circumstances, the source of the predicament and the entrant's plans for freedom. Those eager to declare their independence can enter the contest from April 3 through May 15 on the contest Web site located at http://www.apartments.com/roomtomove . Official rules, guidelines, facts and statistics can also be found on the contest Web site.

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