September 5 at 6pm: Book Passage, San Francisco.  Jane will be in San Francisco doing a reading from Rent Vs. Own and signing copies of the book at Book Passage in the Ferry Building. The event is free and being held at Book Passage in San Francisco located at 1 Ferry Building.

June 16 at 2 pm: Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane.  Jane will be reading an excerpt from Rent Vs. Own as well as signing copies of the book at Auntie’s Bookstore. The event is free and being held at Aunties Bookstore located at 402 West Main Avenue in Spokane, Washington.

June 1 at 7 pm: Atomic Books, Maryland.  Jane will be participating in a discussion on the current real estate landscape and signing copies of Rent Vs. Own at Atomic Books. The event is free and being held at Atomic Books located at 3620 Falls Rd. in Baltimore, Maryland.

May 16 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Mediabistro Book Club Party, New York.  Jane will be reading from Rent Vs. Own at Mediabistro’s Internet Week and Book Club Party in New York. The event is being held at Stone Creek Bar & Lounge located at 140 East 27th Street (between 3rd and Lexington). Click this link to RSVP to the free event.

May 2 at 7 pm: Village Books, Bellingham.  Jane will be reading from Rent Vs. Own and sharing some anecdotal stories she discovered while writing the book about renting and owning. More details about the event can be found here at located at 1200 11th St. Bellingham, Washington 98225 . The event is free and starts at 7pm.

April 10th at 7:30 pm:  Town Hall Seattle. Panel Discussion: Should You Rent or Buy? Great Hall; enter on 8th Avenue. $5.  So you’re looking for a new place, and everyone’s got an opinion—but these experts offer objective tools to help make the best choice for you. Moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, this distinguished panel features finance and real-estate reporter Jane Hodges (author of Rent Vs. Own); Jon Talton (The Seattle Times’ business columnist); Christopher Bitter (of the UW’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies), and Svenja Maarit Gudell (Zillow senior economist). The conversation can illuminate your path through the conflicting advice of real estate agents, well-intentioned friends and family, and financial advisors; debate the pros and cons of renting and owning in this volatile market; and explain how to avoid pitfalls through thoughtful planning. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and University Book Store. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation. Tickets are $5 at Brown Paper Tickets or 800/838-3006, and at the door beginning at 5:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating.




To Rent or Buy?

April 27, 2012

NPR’s Tess Vigeland interviews Jane about when it’s prudent to rent and when to buy. The first piece of advice is an attitude check. A house of one’s own elicits very emotional responses from people, which leads them to rationalize larger mortgage payments than they can sometimes handle for that perfect kitchen and white picket fence. Tune in here

April 17 2012

It isn’t often that the author of a book will say it isn’t for you. But Jane Hodges says you don’t need to read her new book, Rent Vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice, if you are 100 percent certain that you want to buy a home. Read the full story…

Rent Vs. Own: A Rhetorical Reality Check

April 8, 2012

Deciding whether to rent or buy is challenging for many Americans now, especially those who came of age during a boom and waited for prices, interest rates and foreclosure inventory to improve, as they appear to have now. With new apartment construction going up, there are signs that rent prices could rise. So, should you rent or buy? Read the full story…

‘A People’s History of the Seattle Mariners’ and other NW books

April 3, 2012

New in books with Northwest connections: a “Moneyball”-style history of the Mariners; a primer on the rent-versus-own question… Read the full story

Rent vs. Own: Price Wars

March 30, 2012

Many would-be owners leap from the rental pool into the mortgaged masses because the price to rent and price to own resemble one another. We hit up author Jane Hodges for the scoop on renting versus owning… Read the full story

10 Reasons To Rent And Call Bullsh*t On The American Dream

March 21, 2012

Homeownership has long constituted the American Dream. Yes, that’s right: We are a nation that has largely staked its identity on making a major purchase. I own, therefore I am! And, to convince ourselves we’re less superficial than we are, we’ve created a narrative of infomercial-ish rhetoric… Read the full story

Rent vs. Own: An Interview with Author Jane Hodges

March 20, 2012

Mortgage rates are low. The housing market is flooded with distressed sales. Is it time to buy your first house, before rates and prices go up again and it’s too late? That’s the wrong question, according to the new book, Rent vs. Own (Chronicle)… Read the complete interview

 3 considerations before committing to buy a home

March 19, 2012

Book Review: ‘Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts and Bad Advice’… Read the full review

 Rent or Buy: What Military Families Need to Know

February 28, 2012

You’ve seen the headlines: The housing market is beginning to stabilize. Home prices in some cities are down nearly two-thirds from the peak of the bubble. Mortgage rates are at historic lows… Read the full story

Brashenomics Interview with Jane Hodges about Rent vs. own

February 9, 2012

3 Costly Mistakes of First-Time Home Buyers

March 28, 2011

Homebuyers, especially those with little experience, are prone to making all kinds of mistakes, from ignoring catastrophic problems (water damage) and obsessing about details that barely matter (wallpaper)… Read the full story

Renting Versus Buying: Tips for Your Big Housing Decision

June 8, 2011

Jane Hodges, author of Rent Vs. Own (Chronicle, 2012) emphasizes that the decision whether to buy a house or continue renting must be a sustainable one, both in terms of finances over time as well as with quality-of-life issues… Read the full story

Rent or Own? We Ask Author And Expert Jane Hodges

December 22, 2010

Jane Hodges knows a lot about real estate. First, she’s a business writer who has written for The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and The Seattle Times. Secondly, she’s an experienced homeowner who bought when she was single, did an extensive remodeling job, sold for a profit, and then bought again with her husband… Read the full story