Can Clothing Change A Life?

I know, I know… I can feel the eye rolls… and thoughts of “Really Liz, I think that’s a stretch”. By now, everyone knows the deep-seated love I have for a good wardrobe. But I promise you this post goes way deeper than just garments of clothing… #keepreading Whether it’s the post-baby hormones or I’m… Read More

Studio C

Once an Italian grocery store, the quaint structure at 805 Hickory Street has more history and nostalgia within its unique walls than most realize. Located in the heart of Little Italy, the building was built in 1905 by the Caniglia family (Mr. C) as a grocery store. Over the years, it was also home to… Read More

The Wild Wild West

When I first moved to Omaha, I rented in and around the Blackstone and Cathedral areas. A self-proclaimed “Midtown guy”, I couldn’t imagine moving west of 72nd Street. Alas, life happens and situations change. I bought my first home in District 66 in 2000. The price was right and my first-born was about to make… Read More

Common Sense Leasing

So you’ve decided to relocate your business or open a business… that’s exciting! I bet you’re wondering what the heck to do next… Unlike renting an apartment (which we’ve all probably done), most people have zero experience in the world of commercial leasing. It can be VERY complex and requires a little more homework than… Read More

Coffee Talk

Ryan and I spend a lot of time together, BUT not as much as we wish we could. It’s pretty great to be friends with the people you work with. Often we’re so wrapped up in preparing for where we’re headed though, that we have to piecemeal our time to actually “talk” to each other. So,… Read More

#Winning in Baseball, Laundry & Real Estate

Every year, the months of March through June fly by in a blur for our family. They are filled with end of the school year activities, field trips, and countless baseball games and practices for my sons. And, don’t forget that this is all during SPRING IN REAL ESTATE! Honestly, I have a hard time… Read More

Passion Project

Spanning two years, Ryan Ellis and I have had an ongoing conversation about public art. We’ve both long admired neighborhoods throughout the world that incorporate it in creative ways. Public art creates a sense of place… an enhanced connection to its surroundings, and we have wanted that for Omaha, but really didn’t know where we… Read More

Mashup: Traditional Meets Modern

I’ve shared my love of MCM with you a few times, so today I’m going to mix it up with a hybrid of styles! One of my favorite design “tricks” is marrying old and new. So, when I was asked to design the renovation of a 1922 four square, I was thrilled. Check out the… Read More

Nailed It!

Cara here! As a property manager, these summer storms have kept me busy running all over town to check the roofs on the homes I manage. I do NOT do well with heights (and I’m not getting my behind up on a ladder), so I’m happy I have local roofing experts to turn to when… Read More

Backstage at the BLUEBARN

I am in front of 100 people, dressed as a woman, dancing in heels and lip-synching the song “Shake Your Groove Thing.” This is not a dream. This is really happening again and again. How did I get here? Before I answer, please accept my apology, this is my second “music-centric” post on Life +… Read More

A Walk in the Park

I love this time of year (and not just because it’s spring in real estate). 🙂 Almost every day, we wake up to blue skies and beautiful weather, so I’m always looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors before it gets cold again. I love spending time at the lake or riding my bike, but… Read More

Home is Where Your Mom is

In case you forgot, or live under a rock, this Sunday is the mother of all holidays – Mother’s Day! My mom has always been a huge rock in my life, and I’m a mom myself, so this is a very special holiday for me. It seems like it was only yesterday when I took the… Read More

Keep It Clean

Hey ya’ll – I’m Cara Woosley! This is my first time blogging for Life+Style, so buckle up for a dose of reality with a side of sass! I’m the Director of Residential Property Management and also a REALTOR®, and I’ve been with PJ Morgan Real Estate since 2008. It has been an amazing ride growing… Read More

Long Live MCM

It’s no secret that I love Mid-Century Modern, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I also love the MCM-filled store, Mod Lines, right here in the heart of Omaha! Mod Lines is chalk full of personality-filled pieces, large and small, that scream Mid-Century Modern. From chairs to trinkets, they have it all. Don’t just take… Read More

Culture Connoisseur

Over the past decade, I have had the pleasure of getting to know local entrepreneur Ethan Bondelid. He and his wife, Susan, have a lust for life that is contagious. Ethan’s passion for experiences has brought about the existence of his company, Maven Social. If you’ve never met Ethan, he embodies an amazing combination of… Read More

Birds of a Feather

As the newest team member of PJ Morgan Real Estate, you may think my viewpoint would be quite different than the one Ryan shared in the blog last week. However, as I finish my second week here, I can honestly say that I feel I’ve already been accepted by the PJ Morgan family, and am… Read More

Values Are Like Fingerprints…

From time to time, you’ll hear me get sentimental. This might turn into one of those times. Also, I quoted Elvis for the title of this blog because P.J. loves Elvis. The full quote is, “Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do.” Old Elvis knew… Read More

New & Northwest

I will have lived in Omaha for six years next month. As a native of North Platte, my husband and I initially made the move here because of a job transfer, and now we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. As a REALTOR®, I often ask my clients what is most important to them in looking… Read More

Mar(ch)-ket Madness 2017

This is my favorite time of the year. Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising, the NCAA tournament is here, and the real estate market is booming – it’s Mar(ch)-ket Madness! If you don’t already know, the NCAA tournament is a 68-team single elimination basketball tournament played each year to… Read More

#Obsessed

Today I am sharing seven things I’m kind of in love with… okay really in love with. Okay #obsessed with. ? A little home decor stuff, a little fashion stuff, and throw in some life stuff for good measure! Anyone who knows me knows I crush hard and often… like on the weekly. I crush on… Read More

Spring in Real Estate

Did you know that #It’sSpringInRealEstate? It’s the time of year when the market heats up and houses start flying off the shelves, especially this year! In the world of real estate, agents are often tasked with completing huge projects in short periods of time, such as, “Hey Hannah, can you sell my house? I’m moving… Read More

Little Bohemia’s First Soldier

I’ve written about 13th Street in a previous blog, but to refresh your memory and give you a little more detail… About a year and a half ago, PJ Morgan Real Estate was lucky to acquire three buildings just south of 13th & William Streets. When we bought them, we really hadn’t a clue what… Read More

Music Lessons

For as long as I can remember, I have yearned to be onstage. Music was always playing at our home, and I was always singing along. My parents bought my two older brothers and me a drum set when I was five years old. The three of us frequently fought over who got to play… Read More

What’s It Worth?!

Chances are, you’ve heard a lot about Douglas County’s property valuations this year. I’m simplifying the situation, but this is what’s been going on in a nutshell: Preliminary valuations for Douglas County were posted to the Assessor’s website in January. Due to the Assessor’s office making some tweaks to their valuation model – mainly aiming… Read More

Listings I’ve Loved

Do what we love and love what we do. This is just one of our company core values at PJ Morgan Real Estate, and it’s one that I hold very close to my heart. I truly believe that if you don’t love what you are doing, do something else! Life is too short to settle!… Read More

5 Benefits of VA Loans

For those of you who have served in the armed forces, you’ve most likely heard of VA (Veterans Affairs) loans. The VA Home Loan Guaranty program originated in 1944 as a way to help Veterans returning from war build a strong financial future through home ownership. Today, the program serves hundreds of thousands of military… Read More

A Few of Our Favorite… Places

It’s no secret that I love the Omaha area. From the food and local shops, to the wide variety of events, it’s a great time to live in such a vibrant city! Today I’m sharing just a few (of many) of my favorite places with you. WARNING: The following will most likely make you very… Read More

Winner, Winner, Chili Dinner

We all like to think that our own recipes are the best recipes, especially when it comes to a dish as fundamental as chili. This past November, my Grandma Rose agreed to lend me her chili recipe for PJ Morgan Real Estate’s 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. And it turns out that her chili recipe actually… Read More

#BestYearYet

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, “making 2017 my best year yet” is a hot topic on social media right now. We’re all talking about what vacations we want to take, what career heights we want to reach and how many new Instagram followers we want to gain … We all have ideas on how we can… Read More

I’m Dreaming Of…

Whether it’s syrup on everything, peace on earth or a parking spot at Westroads Mall, we hope you get what you’ve been dreaming of this holiday season! If you have some down time, or want to add festive music to your holiday travels, enjoy this Spotify holiday playlist. Because the best way to spread Christmas cheer… Read More

Poin-set-ti-a

Hi everyone! I hope you’re enjoying this holiday season and have been busy decorating cookies, dressing up your pets and stringing lights all around your humble abode! If you’re still looking to add a pop of color to your home, find a gift for that special someone or decorate your desk at work, look no… Read More

Lights, Camera, Christmas!

Christmastime is not only magical in the North Pole, but in the Monjaras family as well! Since it’s “technically okay” to start decorating for Christmas the Friday after Thanksgiving, that day has become one of three major yearly events for my husband, Phil. The other two are Major League Baseball’s opening day and the first… Read More

Thanks + Giving

In my post-Thanksgiving week coma, I’ve been reminiscing about my wonderfully delicious holiday. I gobbled up a ton of food and helped create a truly stunning table setting (if I do say so myself). On Thanksgiving Day, while the rest of my family was sharing what they are thankful for, I was eyeballing my second… Read More

If I Could Turn Back Time… I Wouldn’t

The end of the year is fast approaching and lately, I keep asking myself questions like, I can’t believe how much time has passed, where has the time gone, what day of the week is it because it’s all going so fast! Even as I type this, I’m thinking, wow, I can’t believe how much… Read More

#BallingOnABudget

I really love to shop; like, the love runs deep… but over the years, my income hasn’t always shared this love. This post is dedicated to all of you who have a dream similar to mine, and who don’t have the luxury of making it rain cash on a daily basis. I am going to… Read More

Locked Out

Being the good little sister that I am, I have roped my big sister, Sam, into a variety of things over the years. More recently, one of those things is cleaning vacant rental properties that I manage through P.J. Morgan Real Estate. As promised last week, the following is Sam’s account of an experience that… Read More

‘Tis the Season

Fall in Nebraska is perfect – crisp air, leaves changing color, boots and pumpkin everything. Life always feels more exciting and full of magic in the fall, especially as we get closer to Halloween. In the spirit of the season, I thought I would reflect on some of my experiences as a real estate agent… Read More

Once Upon A Time

Prologue: Working in the real estate industry, where each day is completely different from the next, a multitude of crazy things can happen to you. Some experiences stick out more than others. I recently attended the election kickoff for my friend, Tony Vargas, who is running for the Nebraska Legislature in Omaha’s District 7 (Downtown… Read More

Have You Fallen?

One of my favorite parts of my job is watching my clients fall in love with their new home. I love the look on their faces when we walk into a house and it hits them – they’ve found THE ONE. Much like in relationships, when you find the right one, you just know. Enter… Read More

Paul Talks Fall

Hello, Life + Style readers! With yesterday marking the first day of fall, we can now break out the warm colors, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes! And not only does fall bring deliciously flavored beverages, it also brings a whole new opportunity to celebrate the season in the form of home décor! I’ve already… Read More

The Little Restaurant That Could

Omaha. I love this city. I’m a proud fourth-generation Omahan. I know where the good restaurants are and I mourn the loss of historic Omaha locales each time one closes. I can maneuver around the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo during peak season, without ever needing a map. And I used to know where all the… Read More

Blueprint for Building

I recently had the privilege of helping a wonderful family build their dream home. Just like helping a client buy a dream home, it brings me a lot of joy to see them reach their goal. The journey getting there is a completely different process, though. Building offers a different array of decisions to be… Read More

A House Divided

Without a doubt, selling a home is stressful. Throw a divorce into the mix and you have a powder keg of emotion. During my career in real estate, I have assisted several couples going through the process of selling a home during the dissolution of their marriage. Navigating these waters is tricky… to say the… Read More

Who Knew It Was So Cool?

Many of you have noticed the redevelopment project currently underway on 10th and Mason Streets (across from KETV Burlington Station). It’s a little structure called the Rail and Commerce Building. Lucky for you (and us!), I am able to share an inside view of its redevelopment. But first, a little history behind this trapezoid-shaped building and… Read More

Dundee, Duh!

I love me some Omaha! If you know me well, you know that I am really glad I “ended up staying” here for college and then never ever leaving. If you know me even better, you know that I LOVE ME some Dundee! I grew up in the heart of the Dundee neighborhood and I… Read More

Entertainment Tonight… Or In the Near Future

I’ve joked with clients before saying, “I just sell the house. I don’t care what you do with it.” Truth is, I do care. I want you to fill your home with people from time to time. That’s right, I’m talking about entertaining. One of the reasons I have always loved selling homes is how… Read More

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Hello, Life + Style readers! Come along with me for a tour of two of Omaha’s most eclectic and unique neighborhoods, Hanscom Park and Field Club! I love these neighborhoods and I have a feeling you will too. 🙂 Paul’s Top 10: Hanscom Park and Field Club 10. Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano 9. Our Lady of Lourdes Church 8. Field… Read More

Don’t Sweat It

My favorite television real estate agent, Phil Dunphy, says that success consists of 98% perspiration. These are wise words considering today’s weather and real estate market – both are hot, hot, hot! You don’t have to sweat profusely to find success in real estate, though. How, you ask? By utilizing a REALTOR®! I meet a… Read More

Life Lessons Learned from My Most Stylish Clients

Throughout my real estate career, I have truly been blessed with amazing clients. Believe me when I say that having fabulous clients is everything in real estate. You spend countless hours with them, and you are guiding them through the biggest purchase of their life… there are tears, there is drama and sometimes there are… Read More

Ready, Set, Sell!

The summer real estate market in Omaha is in full swing and homes are selling quickly… well, most homes are! There are always a few houses that linger on the market longer than they should, often not because they are “unsellable” or have significant issues, but because they aren’t ready to go on the market…. Read More

There’s No Crying In Baseball

Today marks the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 College World Series located right here in Omaha! Even though Jimmy Dugan insisted that there’s no crying in baseball, I’m sure tears will be shed over the next 10 days as the nation’s top men’s collegiate baseball teams compete for that coveted first place victory. I’m positive… Read More

The Lake Life

Lake living. It’s a dream, right? And here in the Omaha area, the land of corn and beef, and smack dab in the center of the United States, the thought of lake living is dreamier than the entire cast of Grey’s Anatomy put together. It doesn’t have to only be a dream, though! There are… Read More

Aksarben On My Mind

I moved to Omaha mid-2008 to start my undergraduate career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in what was the worst housing crisis of our country’s time. Looking back, it’s rather ironic that I ended up with a career in real estate, but that’s another topic for another time. As you probably know, UNO’s campus is… Read More

Say “Yes” to YES

Every year, P.J. Morgan Real Estate holds a chili cook-off. I entered the contest this year for the sole purpose of beating Derick Lewin, another commercial agent in our office. And I did, of course… Please forgive my smugness – Derick and I both work in sales and are wickedly competitive. 🙂 Trophy in hand,… Read More

Cheers to 16 Years!

May 1, 2016 marked my 16th anniversary with P.J. Morgan Real Estate. When I tell people how long I’ve worked here, they usually respond with disbelief. Generally, that is a long time for someone my age to have worked at the same place. Honestly, I still hear that I look too young to have worked… Read More

Work It

If you are what you eat, do you become what you’ve learned? I’m no philosopher, but I’ve been wondering about this question. I’ve spent the past 10 years in real estate, happy to call it “work,” as it is much more fulfilling than the word implies. I feel truly lucky to be passionate about my… Read More

Get Your “Junk” On

This past weekend was a special time of year… one filled with music and treasures… No, I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about JUNKSTOCK! Located on an old dairy farm at 192nd and Dodge, Junkstock is celebrating five years of junk, live music and delicious food! Junkstock is the event of all events… Read More

Kitchen 101

Having been a Realtor for many years, I often hear the same questions from potential homebuyers – how do I set a budget, what’s the best school district, is there a walk-in closet… These are all important questions, but kitchen features tend to be key. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home,… Read More

“Cheers” to Omaha Fashion Week

You know that one place you go where everybody knows your name? For me, it’s Omaha Fashion Week… Except no one actually knows my name… I mean literally no one. But the sentiment is definitely there. When I sit down at an Omaha Fashion Week show, I am surrounded by my people. They get my… Read More

Why South Downtown Is Worth Your Downtime

Image by Kent Sievers via OWH When our marketing intern, Maggie Koenig, recently asked me “What’s in South Downtown?” I was totally appalled. Then I remembered… I may have said the same thing about Bennington to REALTOR Crystal Archer… who lives in Bennington. So, to convert Maggie into another die hard lover of South Downtown,… Read More

OMG! MCM! The Obsession with Mid-Century Modern

This week we’re talking about what I have been obsessed with for probably the past year… and the obsession isn’t fading anytime soon! Mid-Century Modern: I love it! I’m not the only one out there who has an affinity for this revolutionary take on modern furniture and architecture. Wikipedia says, “Mid-century modern is an architectural,… Read More

Mar(ch)-ket Madness

Jump into the madness of Omaha’s spring real estate market with Sales and Leasing Agent (and sports aficionado), Derick Lewin. It’s my favorite time of the year. Spring is in the air, days are getting longer, temperatures are rising, the NCAA tournament is almost here, and the real estate market is booming—thus the title of this… Read More

MTRL DSGN: No Vowels, Just Genius

If you’re an 80’s child I hope you remember the movie Real Genius. Those unforgettable characters – Chris Knight, played by Val Kilmer (below), and some dude who played Mitch. And the unforgettable popcorn scene at the end of the movie. Well… I suppose some of you may not know the movie. Basically, it is a bunch of… Read More

#Vintage

Realtor Liz Fossenbarger is back and so is her fashion forward fabulousness! Read on for her savvy approach to fulfilling a (slight) shopping addiction, right here in Omaha. I’d like to start with a confession… I have a slight shopping problem. And by slight I mean rather large. I am, by definition, an emotional shopper…. Read More

Yes, I Can

This week in Life + Style, Susan Clark, our Vice President of Residential Real Estate, opens up about the secret to her success. From the time I was a little girl I have been planning. Mostly planning what I was going to be when I grew up. I never knew what that exact job was… Read More

Amp It Up

With January 1st just around the corner, many of us sit down for the tedious annual analysis of what resolutions to adopt in the upcoming year. To some, the goal setting and planning might bring a sense of peace. To others, the panic of, “How will I ever accomplish this?!” Before you write down “eat… Read More

Holiday Cheer!

Merry Christmas Eve! Take a break from listening to weather reports and noisy crowds and enjoy our holiday playlist! Happy holidays from all of us at PJ Morgan Real Estate! Note: If you don’t already have a Spotify account, you will be prompted to create one (for free).

The Hot Seat

This week in our Life + Style blog, P.J. Morgan Real Estate President, Ryan Ellis, shares his love of the Omaha community and the surprising (and spicy) connections that are found within it. I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to hear my voice recorded and I’m judgmental of pictures taken of me. So… Read More