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.
As first time home buyers, we were a bit apprehensive entering into the Portland market.
Ben could not have made the experience more painless (and even fun). When a few bumps in the road arose, Ben went out of his way to rectify the situation without concerning us with the details. With my family on the other side of the country, I relied on Ben for almost all of our information during the home buying process. He answered our million questions and guided us through the process with ease. We felt that he ultimately had our best interests in mind and was not just in it to make a sale. Despite the papers being signed, Ben continues to be valuable resource - setting us up with trusted vendors in the city and making recommendations to ensure our time as first time homeowners goes smoothly. Since buying our home, I cannot stop recommending Ben to family and friends. When the time comes, we would not even consider using anyone else but Ben Samson as our Realtor.
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