Paul Henry - Realtor & Broker Associate in Northern Virginia

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When you are buying or selling property in today's real estate market, it's important to have confidence in your real estate professional. My commitment as your local REALTOR® is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. When you are an informed buyer or seller, you'll make the best decisions for the most important purchase or sale in your lifetime. That's why my goal is to keep you informed on trends in the marketplace using the latest statistics in your local area. With property values continuing to rise, real estate is a sound investment for now and for the future. As a life long resident of Northern Virginia with knowledge of the communities, my objective is to work diligently to assist you in meeting your real estate goals. If you are considering buying or selling a home or would just like to have additional information about real estate in your area, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail me.

We hold several "Your's Free" yearly events for our clients, and this Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10am to 12pm is our E...
04/25/2019

We hold several "Your's Free" yearly events for our clients, and this Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10am to 12pm is our ERA Teachers annual Shred Event.

Perfect timing for afterTax Day to shred old unwanted documents.

Would love to see you there!

Happy Easter 2019!
04/20/2019

Happy Easter 2019!

Finding ways to help our cummunity and planet...
04/12/2019

Finding ways to help our cummunity and planet...

So very true.
04/01/2019

So very true.

Donuts and Kindness ...Here is a quick story to remind us about the true meaning of community.Ten years after John Chhan...
03/21/2019

Donuts and Kindness ...

Here is a quick story to remind us about the true meaning of community.

Ten years after John Chhan and his wife, Stella, emigrated to the United States from Cambodia, they opened a small donut shop in the southern California town of Seal Beach. Since 1990, they arrived for work at 2:30 AM, seven days a week, to make sure there were plenty of donuts for their customers when the shop opened at 4:30 AM. They loved their community and their community loved them back.

One morning, Dawn Caviola, a shop regular of 13 years, noticed that John was alone in the shop. She asked about Stella; John told her that his wife had suffered an aneurysm and was recovering in a rehabilitation facility. Not seeing them together like she had for so many years surprised Dawn, and she posted a quick note on the social media platform Nextdoor.com to spread the word among the locals.

The community was quick to offer help, but when someone suggested they start a GoFundMe campaign to help the couple, John refused. He said that what he wanted more than money was time to be with his wife.

Word continued to spread and people of the community started lining up to buy donuts… and lots of them. Even people who didn’t eat donuts were frequenting the shop to buy a dozen, just to give them away and help support the couple. The faster the shelves clear out, the sooner that John could call it a day and close shop and visit his wife – on good days, he sold out by 8:30 AM.

His wife eventually recovered and was able to speak again and she also relearned how to feed herself. John expressed his gratitude that the community listened, responded and gave him the precious gift of time.

Sometimes the things that are most helpful result from simple gestures or small acts of kindness, born from listening to the people in our community, and given with love and respect.

03/03/2019
STERLING – Coming Soon - $270,000 - 2 level townhouse at Chatham Green condo.  Move-in condition 2 BR, 2.5 Bath with v...
02/19/2019

STERLING – Coming Soon - $270,000 - 2 level townhouse at Chatham Green condo. Move-in condition 2 BR, 2.5 Bath with vaulted bedroom ceilings. Updated kitchen appliances (gas cooking), granite counters. Updated bath fixtures. 3 sided gas fireplace. Master bath with soaking tub and separate shower. ¾ inch Oak Hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring throughout. New A/C system and Water heater in 2018. Freshly painted top to bottom. Two flat screen TV’s included. Call Paul at 703-626-4768

How Do You Keep Love Alive?It is easy to show your love on Valentine’s day. Sure, it may be hard to get a reservation ...
02/14/2019

How Do You Keep Love Alive?
It is easy to show your love on Valentine’s day. Sure, it may be hard to get a reservation at your favorite restaurant, but the world conspires to remind you why you liked someone in the first place. There is no shortage of chocolate, flowers or greeting cards to lavish someone with attention; and that is a good thing.

And it is important to remember that Valentine's Day is not just about romantic love. It's an appropriate time to recognize all the people we care about.

However, people who have been in each other’s lives for a long time will tell you that the real secret to having a relationship that lasts a lifetime is what you do the rest of the year. Anyone can give a greeting card, but knowing how to handle a real disagreement is far more valuable.

Let the anger brew for a while. Many therapists and couples say to forget that adage about immediately resolving a disagreement. Time away clears our mind and vents unresolved issues. It may be easier to let go of frustration after a good night’s sleep. Just make sure to find time to resolve the argument as soon as possible.

Hug your friends or smooch your kids. Quit using logic to try and win a fight— a sincere hug works faster and lasts longer. Scientifically, people are more chemical than logical. During stressful situations, we generate chemicals like cortisol and epinephrine; a hug or a kiss tells our brain to create a chemical cocktail of dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin. That chemical release makes us feel good and possibly forget about an insignificant argument far faster than any amount of logical rhetoric.
Conflict is part of all growing relationships; the secret is letting go of unimportant upset and nurturing the important feelings which enrich our lives.

Remember to always celebrate love in your own way. What worked in the past may not be what you need in the future.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Keep your determinitation strong!
01/23/2019

Keep your determinitation strong!

So, what will real estate market be like in 2019?Whether you’re thinking of buying, selling or are just curious about ...
01/10/2019

So, what will real estate market be like in 2019?

Whether you’re thinking of buying, selling or are just curious about your home’s value, you may be wondering: What’s in store for the housing market in 2019?

Experts forecast their predictions based on past and current trends in the market. The information I’m posting this month outlines what to expect this year. Will the healthy national housing market continue or will an increase in interest rates throw a wrench in the works? Will houses continue to fly off the market? How will the new tax code impact housing? The piece addresses these questions and more.

Regardless of the state of the market, the best time to buy or sell a home is when you’re ready to do so. If you’re considering it, reach out to me for expert advice.

Even if you’re not in the market now, get in touch with me for guidance even two years in advance to learn the right steps to preparing your home. I have been sharing this low stress approach with clients for 30 years.

Happy New Year 2019!
01/01/2019

Happy New Year 2019!

12/25/2018

It would appear that Sadie Mae is not pleased about dressing up for Christmas.

Merry Christmas!
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas!

How Much Do Feelings Weigh?A professor of philosophy walked into her lecture hall with a glass of water in hand. The hal...
11/22/2018

How Much Do Feelings Weigh?

A professor of philosophy walked into her lecture hall with a glass of water in hand. The hall was filled with antsy students who were eager to finish up class before heading home for Thanksgiving break. As she wound her way through the aisles, the professor raised the glass of water where everyone could see it; most of the students anticipated the predictable "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this water?"
The students all went completely silent for a moment as they started thinking it through, then began calling out answers ranging from eight to 20 ounces. One astute student asked, "Does the glass matter?"
The professor replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter; it depends on how long I hold the glass filled with water. If I hold it all up for a minute or two, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, my arm will probably start to ache. If I continue to hold it for a day, my arm will go numb and feel paralyzed. The weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "The stress and worries that you carry around in life are like that glass of water. Think on them for a minute or so and nothing happens... keep thinking about them for a bit longer, and they begin to hurt. And, if you think about them and hold them up all day long, you will feel paralyzed—incapable of doing anything."
Remember to put the glass down.
Thanksgiving is a time of both letting go and picking up. Each year we have the opportunity to let go of past misunderstandings and mistakes. We also have the opportunity to find clarity and practice gratefulness. The longer we focus on what is truly important, the more we feel relief at putting down our glass of worries and finding joy in today.
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

11/02/2018
10/24/2018
DESIGN A KITCHEN YOU'LL LOVEThe kitchen is the hub of the home; the place where we gather to cook, eat and connect with ...
10/17/2018

DESIGN A KITCHEN YOU'LL LOVE
The kitchen is the hub of the home; the place where we gather to cook, eat and connect with our family and friends. Homeowners renovate their kitchens for many reasons—to update it before listing, to improve storage and functionality or just for a fresh look.
The info includes tips and strategies to guide you through your kitchen renovation. Page one provides an overview of emerging kitchen trends and suggestions to make a small kitchen appear more spacious. Page two outlines things to consider before embarking on your renovation and offers the average costs involved in major and minor kitchen renovations.
Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? Give me a call and I’ll connect you with a reputable tradesperson in my network. If you’re thinking of selling your home soon, I can suggest the updates buyers are looking for to ensure it stands out in our market.
Sincerely,

Find a way to make it happen for you!
09/25/2018

Find a way to make it happen for you!

For Sale - Manassas $249,900 - Move-in condition, 3 level, 2 bedroom brick townhouse next to Ben Lomond regional park (S...
09/24/2018

For Sale - Manassas $249,900 - Move-in condition, 3 level, 2 bedroom brick townhouse next to Ben Lomond regional park (Splashdown Water Park). Many updates include kitchen (cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances), bath, wood flooring, energy efficient thermal double pane tilt out windows, cozy gas heat and freshly painted. Finished basement with new WW carpet and walkout to deck and fenced back. for more information including hi-res photos and floorplans go to Dullesmls.com and click on the Truplace floor plan tour tab.

Use All Your Strength Just before dusk on the last night of an end-of-summer camping trip, a young boy and his father we...
09/21/2018

Use All Your Strength

Just before dusk on the last night of an end-of-summer camping trip, a young boy and his father were walking through the woods. They walked and talked together for some time until they came across a fallen tree branch on the ground in front of them. The boy cheerfully ran ahead and called back to his dad, “Do you think I could move that branch?” His father replied, “I know you can, if you use all your strength.”
The boy grabbed the branch and struggled with trying to lift or push it in any direction, but the branch was heavy and long. The boy paused, then pushed one last time as hard as he could before he slumped over. He let out a deep sigh and said, “You were wrong, dad. I'm just not strong enough to move it.”

“Try again,” replied his father. Again, the boy tried hard to move the branch. No matter how much he struggled, it did not budge.

“Dad, I cannot do it,” said the frustrated boy. Finally, his father got down close to him and gently said, “Son, I advised you to use all your strength. You didn’t. You didn't ask for my help.”

COMING SOON - $249,900 – Move in condition brick 3 level, 2 bedroom townhouse in Manassas (Sudley Square), next to Ben...
09/13/2018

COMING SOON - $249,900 – Move in condition brick 3 level, 2 bedroom townhouse in Manassas (Sudley Square), next to Ben Lomond regional park (Splashdown Water Park). Many updates including kitchen (cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances), baths, wood flooring, double pane thermal tilt out windows and freshly painted. Finished basement with walkout to deck and brick walk (shed included). On market September 20 - Professional photos coming on 9/18. Call me at 703-626-4768 for more info.

Action is what counts
09/07/2018

Action is what counts

Coming Soon in Sterling, Virginia! Priced at $440,000Step onto the friendly front porch and you know you've discovered t...
08/24/2018

Coming Soon in Sterling, Virginia! Priced at $440,000
Step onto the friendly front porch and you know you've discovered the perfect place to call home!
Over 1500 Sq. Ft. with an open and inviting floor plan in this 3 bedroom, with Den, 2.5 bath and big garage .
Brand new Granite kitchen and bath updates.
Gorgeous 3/4 inch oak hardwood flooring on main and upper levels and brand new basement wall to wall carpet.
Spacious basement with wood burning fireplace, powder room, den/computer room, and huge storage space.
Energy efficient features include Anderson Slimline double pane thermal windows and 2014 Heating and Air Conditioning system.
Out back, enjoy a tranquil setting on your newly updated deck overlooking a private fenced yard, nestled beneath towering shade trees.
1 year Home Buyer protection plan is included.

Homes by the Millions ‘Missing’ Thanks to Underbuilding...With building halted in the recession and construction at ...
08/17/2018

Homes by the Millions ‘Missing’ Thanks to Underbuilding...

With building halted in the recession and construction at insufficient levels since, there is a 6.3 million deficit in the housing stock, according to an analysis newly released by Zillow.

From 2008 on, there have been 1.9 approved building permits (single-family) per 1,000 people—but, historically, the number has been 3.9. According to the analysis, if construction had continued at the latter level, there would be 6.3 million more homes, roughly, today.

“Building activity came to a near-standstill when the housing market collapsed, and now a decade later, years of underbuilding have left a gap of millions of homes missing from the American housing stock,” says Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at Zillow. “In nearly every major market today, single-family homes are being permitted at a lower rate than they were historically as builders face a number of challenges in adding new homes, including land and labor costs. What this means for buyers is a smaller supply of homes on the market, leading to increased competition and higher home prices.”

Construction costs have increased in recent years—aggravated by the Canadian lumber tariffs—and land is scarce. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), affordability is at a 10-year low. Based on the Zillow Home Value Index, June home prices were up 8.3 percent year-over-year; inventory, meanwhile, slipped 4.3 percent. At the same time, permits in the single-family space ticked up 0.8 percent.

Additionally, without new stock, existing homes are losing their luster. In 2007, the average listing was 24-years-old; the age stretched to 37 years by 2017, according to the analysis by Zillow. The aging is apparent at the entry level, where first-time homebuyers are likely to live—according to a separate study by Trulia, there are more fixer-uppers now in the starter segment than there were six years ago.

“Historically, population growth has been met with new construction, and new construction was a critical contributor to new inventory,” Terrazas says. “Without a sustained pick-up in permitting and construction activity, first-time buyers will struggle to gain a foothold on homeownership.”

Article written by Suzanne De Vita

The Real Test of Friendship  International Friendship Day is celebrated on August 5th in the United States. This test is...
08/05/2018

The Real Test of Friendship

International Friendship Day is celebrated on August 5th in the United States. This test is a simple reminder of what makes some friends your best friends.
Some friends know how to be a polite guest in your home.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps themselves.

Some friends have never seen you cry.
A real friend has shoulders that have been soggy from your tears.

Some friends don’t know your parents' first names.
A real friend has your parents’ phone numbers saved in their contacts.

Some friends bring an appropriate bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to clean up ... and knows where you keep everything.

Some friends hate it when you call after they’ve gone to bed.
A real friend asks why it's been so long.

Some friends want you to be more like them.
A real friend loves you just as you are.

Some people think that a friendship is over after an argument. A real friend reaches out with a well-timed phone call.

Some friends expect you to always be there for them.
A real friend knows that they will always be there for you!

On Friendship Day, celebrate all your real friends who allow you to be the same for them.

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