To the Core: Why We Love PJMRE

It’s that time of year to think about who we love, what we love, and why we do what we love! We recently surveyed our employees to find out why they love working at PJ Morgan Real Estate. I know I love working at a place that allows me to be the best version of… Read More

Summa, Summa, Summertime!

Even though the temperatures we’ve endured make it seem like we are in the middle of July, next Thursday is officially the first day of Summer! Grab your sunscreen, sunglasses (preferably a pair from PJ Morgan Real Estate) and this list of top 10 things to do in Omaha with your kids! Henry Doorly Zoo: Unless… 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

What Not To Wear (While Looking at Houses)

I know it has been a while, but did everyone’s heart break when the TLC series What Not to Wear went off the air or was it just mine? What Not to Wear was a show that offered not only invaluable wardrobe advice, but some worthy life lessons as well. And let’s be honest, we could go… Read More

Charity And A Side Of Chili

What’s better than charity and a good bowl of chili? Not much! Every November, team members at PJ Morgan Real Estate grab their shiniest ladle, their tastiest chili recipe and get to work… all in the name of charity! The winner of our chili cook-off has, in addition to bragging rights and a shiny trophy,… 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

Who Needs A Vacation?

This is the wonderful time of the year where you FINALLY start to see signs of spring: the birds are chirping, the sun shines longer, and the temperatures are rising. I always start thinking about the summer months and how quickly they will be here. My boys have a summer FULL of baseball, but we… 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

He's An Angry Elf…

As the clock ticks closer to the holidays, we all try to cram in last minute everything: shopping, wrapping, holiday cards, parties, getting the perfect picture with Santa… In all the spare time that you DO NOT have over the next few days, add one more thing to your list. Grab your loved ones and… Read More

Managing Holiday Mayhem

While the holiday season is generally full of joy and cheer, we all know that it can be a bit overwhelming and stressful. As a wife and mother, I’m approaching the 12th year of navigating this hectic time and trying to keep myself (and my family) sane. Thank goodness, I’ve learned a few things along… Read More

Falling For Fall

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. I love watching the leaves turn color, dressing for the cooler temperatures and the aromatic smell of a wood burning fireplace on a crisp evening. I have even come to adore Halloween! As I settled in to write this blog, I found myself reflecting on the last… Read More

Be The Ball

Hey, sports fans! The wind and leaves on the course didn’t stop us from having a great time golfing last week. It did, however, make locating the balls we hit quite challenging. Nonetheless, when you combine golf, great people, an adult beverage (or two), raffle prizes and an amazing charity, there isn’t too much to… Read More

Acting Like A Family

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post… This week, one of our regular blog writers was wrapping up her post before publishing. Then, as it does, life happened and personal tragedy struck. It would have been easy for us to have some “canned,” pre-written blog post to put up for your reading pleasure – but… Read More

Challenge: Are You Ready?

For those of you who know me, you know I’m slightly competitive… I love to challenge P.J. to a spontaneous game of ping-pong (and have even beat him a few times, which he denies to this day). Unfortunately, I’ve never had the chance to challenge him to a game of golf… until now. With that… Read More

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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). http://credit-n.ru/offers-zaim/online-zaym-na-kartu-payps.html http://credit-n.ru/offers-zaim/webbankir-online-zaim-na-kartu.html

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