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Bittersweet but happy

By Benedict Samson, June 7, 2022


Selling a home has always been an exciting endeavor for me.  There are so many unknowns from the beginning.  It usually starts with a meeting where you don’t know what to expect but you prepare your numbers, take a deep breath, and hope for the best.  This time was different.  One of my closest friends since moving to Portland had been texting and calling me about what she could get for her house.  It made me nervous seeing as she is only a 5 minute walk from my home and we hang out about 1-2 x a week.  And then it came: a statement that usually excites me but this time garnered a pit in my stomach “we want you to list our house”.

After many deep discussions and some almost tearful revelations we have placed her home on the market.  It’s a rare commodity these days, especially in Portland, to have a home like this for sale and I’m honored to be the agent.

I will sell this beautiful home and know that it will bring many more exciting memories to someone else but I will not look at it the same way.  I’ve spent several hours in that backyard and many more enjoyable conversations at the kitchen table.  I will sell it knowing it will allow my “client” to take the proceeds out and use it to advance her family’s life in a way that will forever impact her child’s life.  Bittersweet but happy is all I can think of at this time.

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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