Blog First time home buyer GLADSTONE BEAUTY


By Benedict Samson, May 12, 2021


It used to be a running joke at the office.  Every time we did statistics on real estate sales, pending homes, length of time on the market, etc. the Gladstone area never had any inventory.  Most of Portland and the surrounding areas have had low inventory but Gladstone in general would have 1 or 0 homes “on the market” every week that we met online.

I received a call from Ellery and David asking me to list their home and help them move to Boring, OR.  I was elated to say the least.  This home was the home that David grew up in and purchased from his parents.  They put some work into remodeling it and then opening it up, raised a family there, and are now moving on.

The anticipation of selling in a market with 0 to 1 homes at any given time was a great introduction into this new and ever changing market.

10 written offers, some cash, all over asking, and most with terms unheard of just early last year (waiving repairs, early release of earnest money).  We sold in 5 days and my clients are happy to pass on this home to a young family that will honor the history before them.


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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