Blog Stories Frieda and Me.... Buying a home and forging a friendship.

Frieda and Me…. Buying a home and forging a friendship.

By Brandon Buchanan, January 16, 2021

In early 2019, a close friend introduced me to Frieda. We met at a coffee shop and I asked her the typical questions about the type of home she wanted to purchase. What areas of town appeal to you? How many bedrooms/baths? Etc. She wasn’t quite ready to buy, she needed to save more for her downpayment. We had a great meeting and I left there looking forward to helping her purchase a first home for her family.

Frieda was born in Cameroon and came to the US at age 27. She landed in Washington DC but quickly realized that she needed more sun and warmth in her life so she moved to Arizona. She settled in Oregon in 2010 where she went to graduate school at U of O to finish her Masters in International Studies and Public Health. 

We started looking at properties about a year later over a large area of Portland. From Sherwood to Damascus and all areas in between. Each time I met with Frieda, I gained deeper insight and appreciation of who she was; her history, her family, her cultural experiences from childhood to now. What it was like living in Portland, what it was like being a single mother. I enjoyed her story and always had more questions and wanted to know more about her.

She always had a smile on her face and was genuinely happy, she was easy going but strong willed. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t willing to settle for less nor was she going to spend more than her budget allowed. We spent countless hours looking at homes and chatting over the phone until we found the perfect home! 

Thank you Frieda! Not just for putting your trust in me to guide you through the home buying process but for allowing me to learn about you, your life, your experiences, your struggles, your triumphs and everything in between. I have gained a new friend and am thankful for what you taught me along the way!






Brandon Buchanan

Principal Broker

As a Portland native and full-time Real Estate Broker since 2006 I have seen the city develop and change so much! I have helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. I have the experience and local know-how to help you make the best possible decisions. I love the real estate business and find success through open communication, a good sense of humor and being accessible to your needs. There are so many questions to answer – How is the market? When do I buy? Where do I buy? When should I sell? How do I sell? Give me a chance – sit down with me, I’m happy to get to know you better and answer these questions in a way that is tailored to you. There is a home for everyone, and I would be delighted to help you find yours. Prior to my real estate career, I followed my curiosities about life and lived out some amazing memories. From commercial fishing in Alaska, deckhand work at a marina in Florida, to bartending in Aspen, my love of travel and meeting new people has never ceased. These experiences have shaped who I am today; I bring the skills I’ve learned, the ability to connect with people of all backgrounds, and some incredible stories to every transaction. My clients always come first, but if I am not working you could find me coaching my son’s basketball team, golfing, snowboarding, camping, gardening, or somewhere sunny and warm near the beach. Portland, Oregon is a one-of-a-kind place and establishing roots here is one of the greatest privileges. I am truly passionate about this area and once you go on this journey with me, I’m sure you will fall in love and will want to put down roots here, too. I’d love to earn your business, so call me today!
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