Three Parentally Challenged Candidates Vie for the Public's Vote In the Apartments.com Room To Move Contest
$10,000 grand prize awaits the most humorous and freedom-worthy "adultescent"


  CHICAGO, April 13, 2004 - - Apartments.com has searched the nation for young adults eager to leave their parents' home and has discovered three locationally challenged finalists from Chicago, Orlando and Mt. Arlington, New Jersey. One of these dignity-seekers will triumph over their social shortcoming with a $10,000 award and the freedom that comes with it. The remaining finalists will each receive a $500 cash prize from contest sponsor Roommates.com. Visitors to Apartments.com can peer into the lives of the contenders by reading their "declarations of independence" and viewing humorous photos. The public can vote for their favorite finalist until April 25.

"Living with your parents as an adult has its own set of challenges," said Nikola Zurak, Apartments.com contest spokesperson. "It's not easy accepting that your old room now belongs to the family dog or that your friends can't come over without being subjected to your father belting out karaoke tunes, but those are the kind of comical circumstances entrants have had to endure. We're now looking to the public to determine who needs their independence the most."

To ensure the "pride" of the family doesn't sneak back into the house, HGTV designer Debbie Travis will step in and revamp the newly vacated room, giving the winner's family the den, crafts room or workout area they've wanted - and waited for.

18 million unmarried Americans aged 18 to 34 currently live with their families (Source: U.S. Census Bureau), and contest organizers believe some of the funniest of that population submitted entries. Contest entrants painted a picture of both the humor and exasperation inherent in their living situations, engaging judges with stories of being asked to pay for parking in the driveway, being told not to sit too close on the couch with their boyfriends, crawling through doggie doors because locks were changed without their knowledge and the ever-important desire to walk around in the buff.

The winner will be announced on the contest Web site, http://www.apartments.com/roomtomove, on or around May 3. Official rules, guidelines, facts and statistics can also be found on the site. For those interested in expediting the relocation process, Apartments.com offers access to its wide variety of apartments directly from the contest pages. Visitors looking for a roommate other than their parent can locate a better match at www.roommates.com.

Along with millions of visual apartment listings and classifieds from more than 170 newspapers nationwide, Apartments.com offers users a "Fill Your Vacancy" service for listing single units for rent or sublet.