By Gene Balk, Seattle Times
Ryan Maas knew, of course, that Seattle was more expensive than Omaha. Even so, he found himself caught off guard by the grim reality of the real-estate market here.
After accepting a job transfer in Seattle earlier this year, Maas began the search for a new home for his family. Prices kept pushing his house hunt farther south, right into Pierce County.
“I started looking at Kent, Auburn — all those areas where the train stops,” Maas said. ”I ended up in Bonney Lake. I didn’t plan on being that far, but you get more bang for your buck.”