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"At first Joanne Marson thought she was just getting lucky...Her rent almost never went up...her rent remained curiously frozen, at around $680 a month...She learned the truth when the building sold last month. Within a week of the sale she got a letter from the new owners: Her new rent, plus some fees, would total $1,375. A brutal 102 percent increase." Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat profiles one Ballard resident's place in the ever-rising world of Seattle rent and who it affects. [Seattle Times]