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SEATTLE—Across the region, housing costs have risen and increasingly pushed out people with lower and even middle incomes. As a result, the Puget Sound has become the sixth most expensive region in the country and has recorded a 21% increase in jobs since 2011, coupled with only a 13% increase in housing units. This problem is even more pronounced in the smaller cities around Seattle, more so than in Seattle itself.

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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