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Montana here we come!

By Ben Samson, May 30, 2019


This was a tough one for me.  I say tough because we, as real estate agents, have a job to do.  We are here to make a transaction happen for our clients.  I had listed this home at a certain price based on recent sales in the area as well as my seller’s desire to make it “quick”.  You see my clients wanted to leave Oregon.  They lived and grew up in Oregon, then lived in Montana, and came back to Oregon for family.  In recent years, after many trips back and forth to Montana, the thought of moving back had crossed their minds several times.  So that’s where I come in.  Megan called me, telling me their plans, and wondered if it was possible.

We placed the home on the market and were quickly inundated with interest and adulations about the condition of the home.  Megan and Chris were so excited they went to Montana and put a down payment, as well as a contingent offer, on a home in Montana.  Now the heat was on to get this home sold and quick.  We received a full price, but contingent offer, as well as many “possible offers”.  I called back several agents and since we were only on the market for 2 weeks many were unsure about writing a contract on their home.  We found one person, that understood our predicament, they wrote an offer, and after several back and forth’s, discussions of prioritizing money, family, lifestyle, and the future were had.  It was tough for me, knowing that with some time, we could get more money.  For me,  it was tough.  For my seller’s it was tough but then it wasn’t.

They saw the future and the past at the same time.  Leaving Oregon for a future in Montana.  Doing something that’s been on your mind, giving your kids a future of fishing, big open skies, skiing, proximity to National parks.  Their list was endless.  It was all “easy” for them at a certain point.


Ben Samson


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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