Go Velvet and Go Home

Are you feeling a bit blah about your living spaces? Do you feel like your home needs a style boost (or overhaul)? Sometimes all it takes is a simple change of color or a statement painting to make your home feel updated and on trend. If you are looking for inspiration, we have compiled some… Read More

The Heart of a Renovation

History of The W. F. Negele House: William F. Negele and his wife commissioned architect W.E. Findlein to design this home for $6,000 in 1905. At the time, William served as the secretary to the Thompson & Belden Co. department store in downtown Omaha at 16th and Howard streets – in Omaha. Thompson & Belden was… Read More

Taking Flight with Birdhouse Interiors

The vast majority of homes I sell need something changed to suit a new owner. Of course, we all know that “style” is subjective. That being said, every now and again, I see a home where everything is absolutely spot on. The home seems to tell a story. Each picture is hung perfectly. The furniture… Read More

The 411 On An HOA

Homeowner’s Associations… some instantly cringe at the thought of hearing those two words.  With over 69 million Americans living in common interest communities, many homeowners don’t really understand how they work and what they can do to make their community better. What is a Homeowner’s Association: A homeowner’s association (HOA) is an organization in a… Read More

Parents vs. Kids

As the mother of a three-year-old and nine-month-old, I seem to wear a lot of hats and juggle several balls. Currently, I am a REALTOR®, Trusted Vendor lead, corporate communications advocate, wife, friend, daughter, sister, slow pitch softball player, blogger and the list goes on… Needless to say, my arms get tired. One item of… Read More

My Happy Place

My absolute favorite pastime, besides working tirelessly for PJ Morgan Real Estate (wink wink), is expressing my creative flair through decorating. I love fresh flowers on my desk. I love adding a million pillows to a bed, to my husband’s dismay.  And I absolutely love accenting a room with just the right candle, picture or… Read More

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

As I was brainstorming ideas for blogs to write, I realized that what I do and the people I meet are pretty fascinating. I decided the best way to capitalize on my everyday interactions is to share them with you. Let me start by telling you about the man behind a perfectly curated salvage company… Read More

It’s A Bear To Be A Buyer

More than likely, buying a home will be the biggest investment of your life. It’s a process you don’t want to take lightly. It is not an easy task, but I’m here to help! In an effort to save your sanity (and the sanity of those who love you), here are a few steps to help… Read More

If You Run From A Leaky Roof…

As the saying goes, if you run from a leaky roof, you’ll end up in a flood. Spring is just around the corner and we all know what that means. RAIN! With the ever-changing elements in the Midwest, what is a key factor to keeping a home protected? The roof! The roof condition of your… Read More

Spring Has Sprung in Real Estate

It’s official! Spring has sprung in real estate! The peak selling season is upon us! If you are in the market to sell your home, with the right REALTOR® and marketing plan, it will sell. Not only will it sell, it will sell fast, have multiple offers and sell for more than the list price. To… Read More

A Day In The Life…

I started my first job in real estate as a receptionist/intern when I was a junior in high school. Even though that was some time ago (maybe just a few years, wink wink), I can still feel the excitement in my stomach when think back on it. I literally spent every Saturday, every day off… Read More

Icing On The Cake

What better way to start off the month of L-O-V-E than with gift ideas? Okay… these may not be the type of gifts that you give to the one you love, but these are certainly the type of gifts that you give to those you love to work with (or hope to work with). Business… Read More

Baby, It’s Cold Inside

Now that I am spearheading the Trusted Vendor Program at PJ Morgan Real Estate, I decided to shake things up in 2018 and incorporate an afternoon networking event into our rotation – the “Vendor Blender”. We gathered for food, drinks, relationship building, and of course, education! We kicked off our first event of the new… Read More

Reflection

As we embark upon a new year, I frequently find myself looking back and reflecting upon the previous year. What did I accomplish? What didn’t I accomplish? What did I want to achieve? How can I better myself professionally and/or personally? I find that looking back helps me plan ahead for the new year. It… Read More

When to List?

Every fall, I meet with numerous clients who are interested in selling their home. They all want to know what improvements and changes they need to make so they can get their house sold quickly AND for the highest price possible… when they list it in the spring. If you follow the real estate market… Read More

A New Year’s Poem

2017, I’d say you were… a beast, a bear, a challenge for sure. You ushered in changes both big and small. You made me laugh, cry and scream. Yes, I did them all. So much life, it was almost scary. The experiences were vivid and certainly varied. How was business in 2017? Sales were strong,… Read More

And To All A Good Night

Here at PJ Morgan Real Estate, we cherish our clients and the relationships we forge through the process of buying, selling and renting to some amazing people within our community. In fact, one of our Core Values is, “Cultivate Lifelong Relationships.” I hardly think of my job as a job. I am extremely fortunate to… Read More

From Drab To Fab

Most of us have a passion in life – kids, work, sports, fashion, cooking, etc. However, even with the likes of the Internet and Pinterest (most days I feel like a Pinterest fail, by the way), it is nearly impossible to stay up on what’s trending. As much as I would love to be an… Read More

The Future Of Technology Is Now

Hi, Jen Monjaras here. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I am now leading our Trusted Vendor Program. As some of you know, I am not new to the company, but I am new to this position. In the last few weeks, I reemerged into the adult world (after having my… Read More

My West O

Originally a South O girl, everything I needed was within 20 square blocks. The idea of living in Elkhorn never even crossed my mind. Now… I can’t imagine my life any other way – Elkhorn is where I call HOME! Now that I have been living in Elkhorn for a few years, I realized how… 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

Rent and Roll

As a real estate agent, I typically see my clients follow a particular pattern. Purchase a home, improve the home over the next two to seven years, and then sell that home and buy a new one. There is another (also lucrative) option (and no, it doesn’t involve passing “Go” and collecting $200 🙂 )… 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

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

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

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

There’s A First Time For Everything

So you’ve finally decided to leave the world of renting and buy your first house – how exciting! Owning a home can be incredibly rewarding (freedom!), and, in many cases, mean a lower monthly payment than your rent. Plus, there’s something a little magical about living within four walls that are all your own… It… 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

Take Your Dog to Work Day

You might remember Realtor Hannah Porto from her previous DIY frenzies (here and here). Today, she offers an inside peek at a day in the life of a real estate agent, with a little help from guest blogger, Clancy. (Note: Clancy is not licensed to sell real estate in the state of Nebraska.) The list… Read More

Real Estate, A Love Story

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Realtor and Vice President of Residential Sales, Susan Clark, interviewed some of our talented agents to find out what made them say “yes” to P.J. Morgan Real Estate. Chances are, if you’re reading this you probably know I love real estate. I say it, I shout it and I live it! With Valentine’s… Read More

A Few Things I’ve Learned Along the Way

Realtor Crystal Archer is back on Life + Style with her series, “Did I Sign Up for This?”. This week, the busy mom and agent shares some of the tools that have helped her build a burgeoning career. I obtained my real estate license almost five years ago. At the time, my husband and I… Read More