Blog Beaverton We're batting a thousand!

We’re batting a thousand!

By Benedict Samson, November 4, 2021

I normally don’t use baseball analogies or sports connotations in general but this time it felt appropriate.  How did this happen?  Is this really happening?  In this market?  Let me explain.

I received a random text that said “Hi Ben I got your name from Ana in San Francisco and she said to call you if I ever wanted to buy a home in Portland”.  You see I worked with Ana’s partner while they lived in Portland for a short amount of time.  We worked together as Emergency department RN’s while he waited to get into an anesthesia school here and Ana started a new job at Icebreaker clothing as a fashion director.  Eventually she left her job and surprisingly he got into anesthesia school back in the Bay area.

Jaclyn was focused and determined.  I knew from the beginning that this would be a great transaction because she was smart, did her research, and knew what she wanted as soon as she saw it.  We visited about 8 homes total and we discussed some common strategies to “win” the possible bidding wars that may come.  She was prepared and willing.  Once we visited this place on Winter Park Terrace it was instantly visible how much she loved this home.  It fit all of her needs, it was on the one of her forest trail running routes, and she passed this complex several times while thinking “I like this place”.

I say “we’re battin’ a thousand” because this was our first offer written together. We were told there were no other offers and it had been on the market for about 4 days.  We focused and said let’s just write what we want and see what happens.  Asking price, no concessions, a standard inspection period, and no contingencies.  They accepted due to our simple,straight forward, and easy offer (their words), but only after they told us 3 other offers were submitted that included concessions, contingencies, and waived contractual items.  We were shocked!  One at bat and one home run later Jaclyn is definitely winning!!!

Benedict Samson

Broker | OR

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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