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What’s happening?

By Benedict Samson, October 1, 2022

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times”-Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities”.


A little introspection is coming…ok maybe a lot. What a strange year I’m having. Post COVID I thought I was going to have a new beginning. A newly energized real estate career, more income, more time with the family, just more of everything. Now here we are in 2022 and I’m having the slowest real estate activity since I obtained my license here in 2015. There are many causes to blame such as interest hikes, decreased inventory, people wanting to sit still, etc. And though this is happening and my “lifelong” dreams were not coming to fruition I’m the happiest I’ve been in years.

To summarize this past year here’s a list of what I’ve done this year so far and it’s only September:

  • Went under contract for my first multifamily investment property in Longview, WA and then terminated the deal after inspections.  This is important because it has lit a fire within me to do more investing instead of dissuading me from trying again.  It also solidified some of my parameters of what I was looking for in real estate.
  • Purchased my first long term rental (I already have a short term rental) and looking to add more.
  • When the kids finished school for the summer we started on a long planned “summer of exploration”!  Visited Lincoln City on the Oregon coast, camped in Bend/Tumalo and hiked in Smith Rock Park, drove to Revelstoke and Jasper National Park in British Columbia Canada for some mountain biking, visited family in Chicago, sold a house, finally procured a home for an out of state client, made a last minute trip to Scottsdale for a friend reunion, referred a listing for a sale in Vancouver, WA, and then made a birthday trip to New Orleans, LA!
  • Working on a new listing which is coming up soon!

It was a lot but we made it here and realized I’m not losing anything by not closing multiple deals a month.  I’ve gained insight on what’s more important for my life to feel fulfilled.  Time can never be purchased…it’s now my new “flex”.




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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