Video Contest Rules

The Washington Association of REALTORS (Sponsor) is hosting a contest in which we’re inviting REALTORS® to submit a video that tells us why your clients should "Settle Down in My Hometown".  Here's how to enter:


1. Disclosure; Contest Period

No donation, purchase, or obligation of any kind is necessary to win.  The Best Place in the USA to Call Home (“Contest”) is sponsored by the Washington Association of REALTORS® (“Sponsor”). Entries will be accepted between October 15, 2015, and November 30, 2015.  Entries can be submitted at


2. Eligibility

Void where prohibited by law. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations in the United States. Only active members in good standing of the Sponsor are eligible for participation and the member must remain a member in good standing through the completion of the prize. Employees and independent contractors of the Sponsor, and any other individual or entity involved in the development, promotion, or execution of the Contest, and the immediate family members and/or household members of each are not eligible.

3. To Enter

Entrants may enter by creating and submitting a video audition via their own YouTube, Instagram, or Vine account . Pick a creative title for your video (or use the contest title "Settle Down in My Hometown” and enter the video into the contest by visiting and filling out the entry form (including the link to the video). Submission of a video constitutes your representation and warranty that all sounds, words, text, images, music, or other material included is original or in the public domain, has not been published, broadcast, or otherwise publicly distributed previously, and does not infringe and is not subject to any claim that it violates the intellectual property or other rights of any third party. Entry of a video constitutes your certification that you are (i) the owner of the video, (ii) able and authorized to submit it, and (iii) have received the consent of anyone pictured.

4. Winning Contestants; Prizes

Two $400 VISA gift cards will be awarded based on the following processes:  A panel of judges will review entries and select one winner based on originality, expression, and video content. All decisions of the panel are final.  The second winner will be selected based on the video that receives the most votes in the public video gallery at  during the active contest period as defined above.

5. Winner Notification/Prize Claims

Winners will be selected on or by December 4, 2015, and will be notified on or by December 9, 2015. The winner will be required to complete and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release, and, where legal, a Publicity Release, all of which must be returned within 30 days of attempted notification or the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner.

6. Prize Restrictions

Prize is not transferable. No substitution of the Prize is permitted except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Any federal, state, or local taxes on Prize and any expenses related to the acceptance and/or use of the Prizes not specified herein as being awarded are the responsibility of the Winner.

7. Authorization and Release

By submitting your video, you consent to Sponsor’s use or non-use of the video, and of your name, likeness, voice, and/or biographical information for promotional and other purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. You also give Sponsor an exclusive, irrevocable license to use, publish, edit, adapt, and/or modify your video in any way and in any and all media now known of hereafter invented worldwide, without limitation or compensation to you. Sponsor may use or not use your video submission in its sole discretion and judgment. Winning does not in any way guarantee Sponsor’s use of the video submission. By submitting your video, you agree to release, and to indemnify, save and hold harmless, Sponsor and its members, officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, representatives, affiliates, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest, or the receipt, redemption, or use of any prize, including any injuries or damages of any kind sustained in connection with the use, acceptance, possession or awarding of any prize.

8. Limitation of Liability

Sponsor is not responsible for printing, typographical, human, or other errors of any kind in any contest-related materials or for stolen, lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries. Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the Contest without further obligation. In such an event, Sponsor may, but shall have no obligation, to award a Prize from among all valid and eligible entries received prior to such action. The Contest is governed by laws of the State of Washington for the resolution of all claims and disputes (excluding any claims against or disputes involving parties other than Washington REALTORS relating to any prize awarded in the contest).

9. List of Winners

To receive a list of winner(s), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to The Best Place in the USA to Call Home Video Contest, Attn: Steve Klaniecki 504 14th Avenue SE, Olympia, Washington 98501. Requests must be received by December 30, 2015. The winner’s name will be sent following the determination of a final winner.


How to Participate

Create a short video (three minutes or less, please) that shows us why you love to live and work in your market area.  Your task is to show us why your hometown is a great place to move to and why you love being a REALTOR representing that area.  Winning entries will include video of scenic beauty, landmarks, neighborhoods and recreational opportunities.

Once you’ve created your video, follow these steps:

1.    Upload it to YouTube, Instagram, or Vine (make sure it’s publicly viewable).
2.    Choose a creative title & description for your Video.
3.    Use the entry form on our Facebook Page enter your video in the contest.

Entry deadline: Midnight, November 30, 2015.

Judging Criteria
Once you enter your video and comply with the rules and regulations, you will have a chance to win in two categories:

Best Video  $400:
Entries will be judged by a panel of unbiased Sponsor staffers who will be looking primarily at how well the videos fit the mission, with extra points awarded for creativity, personality, and ingenuity.

Most Votes $400:
For the video that receives the most combined “votes” on the public Facebook/website contest app gallery at the end of the contest (November 30, 2015).

Don’t worry about fancy equipment or flashy editing (but those flashy videos are welcome too). Have fun with it, and keep in mind that this is also a great marketing opportunity for you to introduce yourself to potential customers via video. When you’re done, post it on your website or social media, too!

You may only enter once, but you may post your video on social media as many times as you wish and you are encourage you to promote the video gallery at for votes for your video.  Voters may vote once, per IP address, per day.  Winning entries will be awarded a $400 VISA gift card and the prize will be mailed to your home address via certified mail unless other arrangements are made.