Blog Stories I almost didn’t answer the call

I almost didn’t answer the call

By Aaron Hartman, September 8, 2020

It was actually a text.

“Hey. Can you help me get into this house? I LOVE it!!!!!”

My phone number had recently been used in a phishing expedition by a scammer. They texted my co-workers, posing as me, asking for some financial help. My name starts with two “As”, so I get this and pocket dials more than my ladder-initialed friends.

All that is to say that I was initially unmoved by the text. But I replied with an optimistic, “Sorry – who is this?”

It was a family friend with an L.A. number, who I’d neglected to put in my contacts. She was standing outside of a house she’d been obsessed with and was finally at a breaking point.

And we were off to the races!

It was so fun to work with friends. They saw a side of my personality  that does not come out in normal interactions. Which is probably for the best.

There is nothing like drinking a beer at a safe distance with a friend on their new porch that you helped buy. 

Aaron Hartman



Aaron Hartman is a long-time Portlander with a deep understanding of the neighborhoods and architecture that make this town such a special place to live. Whether he's helping you locate your dream house or helping you sell the one you already own, Aaron's knowledge, energy and laser-like attention to detail will make your real estate process make sense. Aaron has been involved in the Northwest independent music community for nearly two decades. He has traveled all over the place and always looks forward to coming home to the best city to live in Portland, Oregon.
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