Capitalizing on her experience as an educator and focusing on homeownership as a way to build wealth, Andrea Henderson loves the challenges and successes that come with residential real estate services. She is one of the newest members of the Usaj Realty group of brokers and is ready to help you navigate the Denver housing market.
Andrea previously lived in Arizona before moving to Denver in 2017 with her husband Mike. A good listener, strong negotiator, and possessing expert problem-solving skills (with three grown sons this came in handy), she has found a perfect career in real estate. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, exploring Denver neighborhoods, yoga, and home projects.
Learn more about Andrea and how she can help you with all of your real estate needs in the Denver area.
Q. Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Chicago but raised in Burlington, Wisconsin I lived in Phoenix for the last 20 years and am mother/stepmom to 3 adult boys. In addition to having a passion for real estate, I am also a certified yoga instructor. I love to travel, and we visited Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, France, and Hungary (pre-pandemic) over a three-week period. Prior to becoming a real estate broker, I was an elementary school educator for 12 years. We love discovering new places for happy hour and live music in Denver.
Q: Did your childhood/growing up have any bearing on your getting into real estate?
At the young age of 19, I was hired to be the residential and onsite manager of a 25-unit apartment complex in Wisconsin. My duties ranged from qualifying potential residents to maintaining all aspects of the property. It was then that I came to love real estate and being an active participant in creating a “home” for people. I got a glimpse into the world of real estate investing, property management, and building generational wealth through owning real estate.
I believe strongly that everyone who wants to become a homeowner should have that dream accessible to them. I feel that purchasing and investing in real estate is one of the surest ways to build generational wealth, and is one of the best moves one can make for themselves and their financial future. I want to extinguish the myth that homeownership is hard and “too much work.” Everyone is deserving of it, and I want to help people see that they’re worth it!
"I believe strongly that everyone who wants to become a homeowner should have that dream accessible to them. I feel that purchasing and investing in real estate is one of the surest ways to build generational wealth, and is one of the best moves one can make for themselves and their financial future. I want to extinguish the myth that homeownership is hard and “too much work.” Everyone is deserving of it, and I want to help people see that they’re worth it!"
Q. Have you had other careers before becoming a real estate broker? If so, what were they and how has that experience impacted your real estate career?
Prior to becoming a real estate broker, I had the privilege of working with children as a public school educator. Many of the qualities that made me a strong and effective educator also translate and fare well for my clients. First is my gift of patience. This market is chaotic, and buying and selling a home can be one of the most stressful events that happen in someone’s life. I try to tap into my patience to make everyone in the transaction feel comfortable and as much at ease as possible. Another quality of being an educator is learning to tap into the needs of each person. Every buyer and seller has their unique story, and it is my job to differentiate the buying and selling experience according to their requirements. I ask many questions, trying to seek solutions rather than focusing on the problem. I negotiate in firm respectful ways, and live by the golden rule of treating others how I would want to be treated.
Q: Talk about the Denver real estate market generally and what makes it exciting for you.
This may be an unpopular view, but I love that so many people are moving to Denver. We are attracting folks from all over the country and it’s making our economy thrive. The fact that newcomers are attracted to Denver speaks volumes about the beauty of our state. The Denver market right now undoubtedly is challenging and requires strategy, forethought, and patience. It requires consumers to be clear on their goals and to know what they want and what they are willing to do to get it. I love that I get to use my skills of questioning and attentive listening to help guide my clients to the home that best fits their situation.
"The Denver market right now undoubtedly is challenging and requires strategy, forethought, and patience. It requires consumers to be clear on their goals and to know what they want and what they are willing to do to get it. I love that I get to use my skills of questioning and attentive listening to help guide my clients to the home that best fits their situation."
Q. What has been your biggest accomplishment during the pandemic?
Developing even more patience! Not traveling for an entire year was grueling. Not seeing those I love, and not hosting parties, and being around people, in general, was extremely difficult. I have come out of this with a greater appreciation for my family and friends, and will never take the time I spend with them for granted ever again.
Q. What are some of the challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
I grew up as one of the only Hispanic American families in a small rural town in the Midwest. Some of the community wasn’t welcoming of cultures other than their own, and some people made coming from a different culture (with the last name, Gallegos, that many couldn’t pronounce) challenging for me at times growing up. Getting teased for being different, I had to learn to be strong for who I was, be proud of where I came from, and embrace my beautiful culture. The struggles of being different as a child made me the strong, resilient person I am today.
Q. What are your go-to apps and why do you need them?
- AIRBNB both for all our travel needs and for hosting our AIRBNB guests.
- Canva to make all my pretty invitations and cards.
- Apple Health to make sure I’m getting enough movement. Working from home, I need the reminders to MOVE!
- Stitchfix -- I have a “personal stylist” (or a computer algorithm) pick out outfits for me and have them delivered right to my door! I’m in LOVE.
Q. What are you currently reading or listening to?
I am currently reading “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins. This is a story of the sudden tragedy that requires an immigrant family to uproot their entire lives. The book chronicles their journey from Acapulco to their final destination of Denver.
Q: What is your favorite Denver area neighborhood and why?
That’s easy … Washington Park. My husband and I spent two years exploring Denver neighborhoods to find the one best suited for us. While there are many amazing neighborhoods in our area, the clear winner for us was Wash Park. We moved to the neighborhood in 2020 and were drawn to the vibe. There is a chill feeling I get here, and I love all of the historic homes. It has a quiet, serene feel to it which makes evening walks amazing. In just a few short blocks, I can walk or ride to the park, enjoy walking paths, lakes and summer volleyball games. There are so many great streets that are home to some of my favorite restaurants and shops, like Perdida, Homegrown, Molecule Coffee Bar, and Wish Gift Shop.
Q: How do you make the buying/selling experience unique for your clients?
My goal is to always make the home buying/selling experience as fun and easy as I can for my clients. I believe that differentiation is key. Every homebuyer has a unique situation and it’s my job to help them meet their needs and goals. I spend a significant amount of time upfront asking questions to help me understand how my clients communicate and engage. I try to find out what their goals are and what is the desired end result so I can create a unique home buying or selling experience. That is the value my clients can expect when working with me.
Posted by Pat O'Connor
Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.Facebook LinkedIn Twitter