Paul Henry - Realtor & Broker Associate in Northern Virginia

Paul Henry -  Realtor & Broker Associate in Northern Virginia Gain up-to-date insights into area homes availability and local real estate statistics. Helping you learn what you need to know about making your next move

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.

Would you rather be a peacock or a pigeon?Once, there was a happy little pigeon who lived at the edge of a forest. He sp...

Would you rather be a peacock or a pigeon?

Once, there was a happy little pigeon who lived at the edge of a forest. He spent his days in happiness and was generally satisfied with life. Then, one day he saw a beautiful swan.

“That swan is so white,” he noticed, “and I am more of a dull grey. That swan must be the happiest bird in the world.” He confessed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I used to think that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a green and yellow parrot. He has two colors where I am just plain white— I think that the parrot must be the happiest bird.”

Hearing that, the pigeon decided to go talk to the parrot. However, what the parrot told him confused him even more. “I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. Have you ever seen one up close? The peacock has multiple colors and is truly beautiful,” said the parrot.

In order to see a peacock, the pigeon had to visit a zoo and indeed, hundreds of people had gathered to see the peacock’s colorful feathers. After the people had left, the little pigeon approached the peacock.

“Dear peacock,” the pigeon said, bowing respectfully, “You are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. Surely you must be the happiest bird on the planet?”

The peacock replied, “I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happiest bird on the planet because people come from all over to see me. But because of my beauty, I am trapped in a display. I’ve watched the world around me and over the years, I have come to realize that the pigeon is the only bird allowed to fly free. Quite honestly, I envy you and think you must have the happiest life.”

Imagine the shock that the pigeon felt at that statement! We are not unlike the pigeon, however. We make unnecessary comparisons with others, overlooking our innate gifts. We let ourselves be saddened by what we don’t have, and it can lead to a vicious cycle of unhappiness.

There will always be someone who will have more or less than you; that is part of the hierarchy of blessings. Learn to be happy in what you have instead of looking at what you don’t have. The person who is satisfied with their own gifts is the happiest person in the world.

Travel Like a Pro!  Visiting somewhere fun this summer? If your travel plans are taking you up in the air, make the trip...

Travel Like a Pro!

Visiting somewhere fun this summer? If your travel plans are taking you up in the air, make the trip more enjoyable by reducing the stress of your airport experience.

Before you embark on your big vacation, be sure to read this info. You’ll find travel hacks that include some packing tips, a few apps to help track flight prices, ways to streamline your security experience and more.

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or taking your annual family vacation, I hope these tips will help you spend less time stressing about the journey and more time enjoying your destination. Bon voyage!

Memorial day is a very special day to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the country in which they...

Memorial day is a very special day to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the country in which they loved. I hope you take a minute during the weekend to say a prayer for our country, leaders, and the men and women of the armed forces who protect our way of life.

Open House Sunday, May 18, 1-3pm41984 Paddock Gate Place,  Ashburn VA, 20148Willowsford  - Priced at $1,124,900Link to i...

Open House Sunday, May 18, 1-3pm
41984 Paddock Gate Place, Ashburn VA, 20148
Willowsford - Priced at $1,124,900
Link to interactive TruPlace Virtual Tour:

Over 6200 sq. ft. of finished space in this desirable 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath estate home with many outstanding features. Premium location in the Grange section on a private cul-de-sac street backing to trees, with tranquil views of Quail Ridge Lake. This Regents Park II model is brimming with upgraded features throughout including gourmet island kitchen with quality soft close cabinetry and stainless appliances, a light filled morning room, wide-open two story family room with gas fireplace. Master suite with sitting area, balcony and luxury garden bath offering a super shower that is sure to impress. Other special features include upper level laundry with cabinetry and folding area, three car garage - (2 car and 1 car - including electric automobile charging station) and fully finished walkout level daylight basement with bedroom and bath. The Willowsford community provides 2,000 acres of land conservancy, recreation, and agricultural use. Sought after Loudoun County Schools, access to commuter routes, shopping, and just minutes to future metrorail. Community of the Year~ three years in a row!

A Mother's Day story from the book of love.Mrs. Aiken steps into the hallway at 8:15 AM every day and welcomes her stude...

A Mother's Day story from the book of love.

Mrs. Aiken steps into the hallway at 8:15 AM every day and welcomes her students into the classroom. All her 3rd graders know that the first 45 minutes of the school day are set aside for reading - a warm-up for the day ahead.

When the students came to school one Monday, Mrs. Aiken told them to grab their books and line up at the door, as they were going to read a morning story to the kindergarteners down the hall. It went so well that she decided to start the morning that same way for the rest of the month. At drop off one morning, one student's grandma turned up with a few books in hand and shyly asked the teacher if she could use a volunteer to help with the children. The teacher, always glad to have an extra grown-up on hand, cheerfully welcomed her to join them.

The elderly lady left the school that morning with a big grin on her face, amused by the young children and happily remembering all the things that she had loved about kindergarten. She volunteered again the next day and by the next week, the kindergartners started requesting her as their reading buddy. By the end of the month, she knew all of their names, their favorite colors, and what sort of books they liked to read.
On Mother’s Day, she walked into the classroom and saw a line of homemade cards, all addressed to “Mom,” next to a framed photo of herself, reading with all the children around her. As the tears welled up in her eyes, she looked to the teacher for an explanation, but one little boy blurted out: “Madison said you’re her Grandma, but you’re like a Mom to all of us and we love you!”

To all the Moms out there – thank you for reading to us, for listening to us, and for learning our favorite colors and foods. We cherish you.

Coming Soon - May 17 - Willowsford of Ashburn, VA6200+ Sq Ft Regents Park II model at the Grange backing to Quail Ridge ...

Coming Soon - May 17 - Willowsford of Ashburn, VA
6200+ Sq Ft Regents Park II model at the Grange backing to Quail Ridge Lake. $1,124,900
41984 Paddock Gate Pl, Ashburn VA 20148

Many special features in this delightful two year young luxury home!

• Open floor plan and windows throughout, with beautiful views of Quail Ridge Lake.
• Large, covered front porch.
• Double front doors.
• Separate formal living room.
• Formal dining room with tray ceiling and attached butler’s pantry.
• 2-story family room with enormous windows, 4-foot extension, coffered ceiling, custom ceiling fan, and built-in entertainment center with fireplace.
• Two separate staircases from main level to upper level.
• Kitchen with large furniture-style island, soft-close cabinets and drawers, double wall ovens, and walk-in pantry.
• Built-in speaker system in kitchen and back of house.
• Wired networking throughout and pre-wired for wifi extenders.
• Morning room for informal dining or additional entertaining space.
• Separate study on main level.
• Upper level laundry room.
• Master bedroom with double doors, tray ceiling, huge walk-in closet, and attached sitting room with access to a covered porch.
• Master bathroom with tray ceiling, large soaking tub, dual shower, and designer tile throughout.
• Fully finished walk-out basement with enormous open space for recreation or entertaining, large storage closet, and plumbing rough-in.
• Additional bedroom and full bathroom in basement.
• Separate theater room with electronic hook-up for surround-sound speakers and riser for multi-level seating.
• 3 car garage parking with a 2 car and 1 car garage with carriage-style doors and painted interior with additional insulation and electrical hook-up for electric cars.
• Gas hook-up behind house for outdoor entertaining.
• Irrigation system.
• Invisible fence.
• Gutter guards.

Coming this Friday! - Available to view today. $520,0001306 Boulder Crest Ct, Herndon VA 20170Floor Plan virtual tour: h...

Coming this Friday! - Available to view today. $520,000
1306 Boulder Crest Ct, Herndon VA 20170
Floor Plan virtual tour:

Wonderful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath 3 level, Victorian style colonial nestled on a quiet tree lined cul-de-sac street.
Over 1950 Sq. Ft. finished with an open and inviting floor plan with garage and unfinished basement.
Many updates in recent years including fully updated kitchen with stainless appliances, thermal windows and doors, roof and siding, HVAC system, and fresh paint.
For those who love gardening, a bounty comes from black raspberry, strawberry, blueberry bushes, fuji and gala dwarf apple trees, and herbs such as garlic, chive and parsley.
Relax on your private deck overlooking your tranquil back yard, and enjoy fragrant flowering lilac, peony and rose.
1 year Old Republic Home Buyer protection plan is included.

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

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!

Happy Easter 2019!

Finding ways to help our cummunity and planet...

Finding ways to help our cummunity and planet...

So very true.

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...

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 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.

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

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 ...

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!

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 ...

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!

Happy New Year 2019!


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

Merry Christmas!

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...

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!


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