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), now available for pre-order and coming soon to a bookstore and a Town Hall and also a radio station near you. Gifted at explaining the cold-hard-light-of-day realities of big decisions and with simplifying complex topics, her book won’t tell you what exactly to do but will strongly urge you to think ahead–twice, maybe thrice—before making your next big housing decision. 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 Housing Watch, Success Magazine, 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. The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, has granted her four writing residencies. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she also holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.