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A Clean Slate in West Linn

By Benedict Samson, March 31, 2020


I had so many conflicting ideas before and while writing this blog.  I wanted it to be about me.  How much I learned in the past 4 months.  How much there still is to learn about real estate.  All of this while dealing with the new world we live in and Covid 19.  There were so many variables and difficulties to overcome related to a previous transaction of mine that greatly affected this transaction.  Full disclosure regarding this home:  The sellers agent, the builder, the home, the location, the inspection, the whole transaction was great and flowed with great communication by all.  It was getting here, to the end, to make this deal happen on this day…of this year… that is overwhelming just thinking about it.  But I digress.

This pandemic added further complications and uncertainty.  There is a palpable level of stress that goes along with knowing what I know and knowing less.  I can say that I know more.  Not many people know that I am also a licensed and certified Emergency Department RN.  I’ve trained and worked in Chicago, and I can say “I’ve seen it all”.  But now I realize there is so much more to see and learn.  So much to grasp and prioritize.  These past few months have taught me to be thankful for what I have, to help others when able, and to take a deep breath and lean on your team for support.

This isn’t just a home.  In fact, it’s a dream for my clients.  It’s a new beginning and a closing of a main chapter of their lives.   They did everything they could to make this happen.  They even did some things they didn’t want to do and now we’re here. We did this together and I can’t thank them enough for trusting me.

Benedict Samson | Living Room Realty

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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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