Jane Hodges is a Seattle-based business journalist with literary tendencies, and the author of Rent Vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts and Bad Advice (Chronicle Books, 2012).

Gifted at explaining cold-hard-light-of-day realities and simplifying complex topics, her work on real estate and business has appeared in (or on) Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MSNBC.com, HGTV’s Frontdoor.com, Money Magazine, Real Estate Forum, The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Weekly, AOL, Success, and in many other venues. The National Association of Real Estate Editors has twice awarded her for her real estate coverage, and The Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Chapter awarded her first place for best consumer reporting in 2009.

As a creative writer, she has published essays and fiction in anthologies, magazines, and digital media. The Vermont Studio Center has granted her five creative writing residencies. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she also holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College which she’s putting to use while writing a memoir about her experiences as a fallen Southerner and awkward executor. During fall 2013 she will begin studying non-profit management via a University of Washington certificate program as part of an entrepreneurial plan to launch a new artists’ residency in the Northwest.