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Before and After today

By Benedict Samson, May 4, 2020

As the isolation continues it seems like there is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s a strange feeling getting used to “what can we do today?” and making a plan to address the question.  Business is still happening.  I have a closing scheduled for today.  A new listing coming in a few weeks.  Clients still holding out for clarification as to their future.  In the past month I’ve accomplished a lot on the home front:

–New landscaping with mulch, river rocks, and gravel.  Power washed the front of the house and porch.

–New paint and replacement glass to our ADU.

–Detailed the cars inside and out.

–Cooked more than I ever imagined I would.

–Did an online safety discussion regarding home showings with the founder of Living Room Realty.

–Multiple walks with the family.  Some as long as 6 miles round trip.  Skateboarding and scooter rides, basketball, lawn work, board games, and one sometimes two movies per day.

We have an arborist coming to trim back and consult on our fruit trees this week.  More home schooling and online guitar lessons to be had.  Zoom meetings left and right.  Taking on new clients and staying safe.

Just a little update on home quarantining with the family here in Southeast.

Also…homemade bread is always better than store bought.


Benedict Samson | Living Room Realty

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Benedict Samson

Broker | OR

I have been told by many people that "Portlanders don't like outsiders". Well I'm not from here. I come from a place that rates high in food culture, architectural history, and questionable politics. It's called Chicago and I miss it a lot and loved being born and raised there. That being said, I am not going back. I came here to Portland for a visit and couldn't get it out of my mind. The proximity of Mt. Hood and all of its wonders, the food carts, the waterfalls, the Gorge...are just a few of the beautiful aspects of this state that spoke to me. I moved here in July 2013. The first year of living here I wondered if I would stay despite the aforementioned qualities of Portland and Oregon in general. The more I worked and had some introspective moments the more I realized, I'm staying because of the people. Portland and its people are nice. Plain old nice and proud. They are open and welcoming. They ask "What made you want to move here?" knowing that they want to share their reasons for living here. The air here is literally and figuratively clean. I've had multiple conversations with people about their love of Oregon and all it has to offer. A LITTLE MORE... I went to college for business, dropped out, went back and finished with a degree in healthcare. Then went back to finish my BS in Business Administration with a minor in International Finance. While working in some of the busiest Emergency Departments in Chicago, Manhattan, and San Francisco I was always searching for more. I co-founded a sports uniform business that supplied basketball uniforms to approximately 45 schools throughout the city of Chicago. After selling my shares to the co-founder I obtained my REALTOR® license in Chicago in July of 2007. I became rookie of the year for my company and fell in love with all things real estate. Now I'm here and have purposely waited to obtain my Portland REALTOR® license until I felt I could speak to clients about the neighborhoods, schools, personalities, and quirks of Portland. I want to share my knowledge and new found love for Portland and its people with others and help them find their LIVING ROOM.
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