Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

After a few days of judging, I am happy to announce the winners of the "Local Video" contest that we were running from June 1st - June 23rd. 

Here's the original announcement in case you missed it:

How To Get Some Easy Bonus Points on ActiveRain - Local Video Contest Announcement

We had a great turnout, with about 40 entries overall.  Frankly, this was one of the most difficult contests to judge that I have been a part of on AR.  Thanks very much to the other judges:


Without further ado, here are the winners!

Irene Kennedy - 1st Place - 5000 Bonus Points!

Fascinating, FREE Family Fun - FOSSILS in Hamburg, NJ

Irene was one of the only contestants to appear in front of the camera in her entry, which went a long way with the judges.  I felt like I got to know her better, and she wasn't afraid to be a little silly, too, which always helps.  Kudos to Irene for her winning entry!





Steve with Amazing Video Tours - 2nd Place - 3000 Bonus Points

Entry for the ActiveRain Localism Video Contest

Steve's video is definitely the slickest with regard to its production quality.  I would highly recommend contacting him if you are in the general Charlotte area!  Great job, Steve!




Christine Donovan - 3rd Place - 2000 Bonus Points

Fun Things for Kids in the Newport Mesa Area: The Balboa Fun Zone

Christine's personal touches made this worthy of placing in this contest.  I want to visit her town!  Thanks for providing multiple good entries, Christine!



As a small aside, there were a good number of entries that were never actually posted to Localism, so they were not able to win.  However, we will award the 500 bonus points to those entries as well, just for the effort.

Thanks for reading!  I look forward to our next contest!


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Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

This is a good post. I enjoyed getting ideas on how to showcase my areas.

Jul 01, 2009 10:44 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Jason!  Great job 'hosting' this competition and I agree, it was difficult to judge.  Congratulations to the winners and I can't wait for the next one!

Debe in Charlotte

Jul 01, 2009 11:51 AM #9
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Jason, I learned quite a bit about video doing this one. Next one will be a winner... Thanks

Jul 01, 2009 12:04 PM #10
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Great job and congratulations to the winners of the local video contest.


Jul 01, 2009 12:38 PM #11
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Jason - Thanks so much for coming up with this idea.  My family and I had fun going out and making the videos.  Thanks too to you and the other judges for taking time out of your schedules to do this.

Jul 01, 2009 12:41 PM #12
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

40 entries is awesome turnout! Congrats to all the winners.

Jul 01, 2009 12:47 PM #13
Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Jason - congrats to all the winners. Really great vids and a tough job to judge a winner from all of them. Thanks for running this contest and I'm sure I speak for everyone else here that we all cant wait for the next contest! Wow 40 Entries! Thanks to all the judges as well! Great job! And thanks for taking the time out to do this. We all appreciate it. :-)

Jul 01, 2009 01:10 PM #14
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I had a blast judging the contest, and I enjoyed the conversations that we had. I would like for all of the contestants to know that we took every entry very seriously, and there was a lot of discussion and careful scrutiny!

Thanks to all that entered, we hope that you will continue to use video to enhance your positions as "local experts!"

Jul 01, 2009 01:21 PM #15
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Congratulatios to the winners! What a turnout!  I'll have to go check some out now...

Jul 01, 2009 01:25 PM #16
Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Congrats to all the winners, and a big thank you to the judges putting so much time in!  OH, and a big YEE-HAW to Jason for coming up with the contest idea!!  It was loads of fun....can't wait for the next one!

Jul 01, 2009 01:26 PM #17
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Jason, I have enjoyed all of the winners and a number of the other entries in this contest! Looking forward to another in the near future!

Jul 01, 2009 01:47 PM #18
Jo Soss
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

Loved the videos - Congrats to the winners you did a great job!

Jul 01, 2009 02:08 PM #19
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Congratulations to Irene, Christine, and Steve and all the others...

Jul 01, 2009 02:08 PM #20
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

How fun... and some great videos.  Well done......

Jul 01, 2009 02:21 PM #21
Steve Schwartz
AmazingVideoTours.com - Charlotte, NC
Charlottenulls Premier Real Estate Videographer and Photographer

I also just wanted to say thanks to the judges.  When you consider the time it took to come up with the contest, clear it through AR for points, watch (and respond to) the comment stream, watch all the entries, then have to coordinate the judging ........ wow, I'm exhausted just thinking about it.  Thanks also for all the kind comments and DM's. 

Jul 02, 2009 01:44 AM #22
Kat DeLong
Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (

What fun these videos were to watch... CONGRAT'S to hard winners and entries!

Jul 02, 2009 02:27 AM #23
Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
Towne Adams REALTORS - Waco, TX

I am so impressed and also inspired by these videos. Congrats Winners!  And great contest Jason.

Jul 02, 2009 12:05 PM #24
Kathy Sperl-Bell
Active Adults Realty - Lewes, DE

Congrats to the winners. Did you say all contestants will be awarded the 500 points? Didn't see them yet.

Next time, let's separate the amateurs and the professionals. Justsayin in Twitterease.

Jul 04, 2009 12:02 AM #25
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


As THE only person who can safely point this out, I'm highjacking!

Given the totally amateurish quality of the 1st place video, I think it is really clear that the "non-quality" focus was upheld.  No way did you think some pro won...

Jason told me it might take a week before the points appear.

Jul 04, 2009 07:10 AM #26
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Jason, this was so great. I can't wait to go see the videos. Looks like a fun lazy Sunday thing to do!

Jul 04, 2009 11:15 AM #27
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