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Living the Dream!

By Ben Samson, October 15, 2019

 

 

A friend of a friend called me to say she wanted to sell her home in Oregon City. In the weeks soon after we had many discussions and I got to know her and the type of person she is.  She told me of her long standing dream to live in Bend, OR, which if you don’t know, is the “outdoor playground” of the Pacific Northwest.  Many people, including myself, have visited and think to themselves “I wonder what it’d be like to move here”.  There’s kayaking, paddling, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and the list goes on and on.  Ton’s of breweries, mountain trail’s, scenery that’s never ending.  You get the picture.  In the short time we were listing and under contract she went out of town three times, worked over-time as a nurse, helped her friend take care of her baby, baby sat out of town friends’ 2 kids,  visited friends and family, all while getting a new job and a new place to live.  She’s an amazing person that is on the precipice of living her dream.  I’m so honored to have been even just a small part of that.

Ben Samson

Broker

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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