Kick-off the Summer

School is out and that means summer is here, my favorite time of the year. You’ll normally find me boating on the lake or hanging by the pool, but I also like to venture out and see what activities Omaha offers. My son, Billy, just graduated from high school, so I want to make family… Read More

Making Mother’s Day Memories

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you are still searching for the right gift, look no further. We are going old school this year. And I don’t mean homemade cards and pasta art (but if that’s your thing, by all means!). We are taking it a step further and giving mom what… Read More

Opera Omaha at The Mastercraft

Opera Omaha- photos by Adam Larsen The Mastercraft has been many things in my life: my future wedding venue (The Living Room), a place where I bought furniture once and a source of connections that led to my current job here at PJ Morgan Real Estate, which just so happens to manage the building. But… Read More

There’s no place like hOmaha for the holidays

You probably hadn’t noticed, but it’s the holiday season! We are so lucky in Omaha to have tons of great holiday events, attractions, and activities for all ages. This week we have loaded our *sleigh (blog) with our “nice-list” of things to do in Omaha this December. Holiday Harmony When: Nov. 22, Nov. 24-26, and… Read More

Small Business Saturday

We get inundated this time of year with advertisements from all the big retailers, Amazon ads on all of our social media and brightly sweatered, happy dancing hoards on every commercial. However, if we look past all that tinsel and noise, we can do more good with our holiday shopping dollars when we support small… Read More

…but first coffee

As the temperature drops, and the leaves start to change I often find myself staring out of the window, itching to get out of the office. The fall also brings a steep rise in my need for afternoon coffee and carbs. Because of this, I decided to take it upon myself to investigate local coffeeshops… Read More

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

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

Get Your Grove On!

After several years immersed in the fashion industry, jet-setting around the world and hopping from one hotel to the next, Meghann Schense needed a change. She traded in her stilettos and designer luggage for fruits and veggies. Wait, what??? It sounds a bit crazy, but with her demanding work schedule, Meghann literally lived out of… 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

Flippin’ Out!

“Flipping” homes has become one of the most prevalent real estate trends over the past decade. From television shows to “how-to” seminars, it seems like everyone is on the flip bandwagon. “Home flippers” provide a valuable service of renovating homes that may otherwise stay off-market, dilapidated, and even vacant or abandoned. If you’ve ever watched… 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

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

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

The Cherry On Top

Earning an award is always on my “to do” list. I love the thrill of going the extra mile to achieve more and being recognized for my efforts is the cherry on top! That’s why I was so excited when the time came for PJ Morgan Real Estate to celebrate several of our colleagues at… 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

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

I’d Rather Write About His Dog

I have known artist Watie White for what seems like a lifetime now. I had the pleasure of leasing him his first studio in Little Bohemia approximately 10 years ago. If you haven’t heard of Watie White, do yourself a favor and Google him now. I will not even attempt to describe his work or style;… 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

Look What’s Coming!

If you’ve read my blog posts before, you know they usually come with a long story and lots of text.  This time you’re in for a treat… less rambling and more photos! Because we manage neighboring properties, we were given the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the new Film Streams Dundee Theater and… 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

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

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

The Power Of The Past

Often life moves so quickly that we hardly have time to catch our breath, let alone reflect on our past – the people and experiences who have molded us into the people we are today. I was recently reminded of my grandparents – not that I never think about them, but the last living grandparent… 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

Actually, I Can

I’ve been asked to write about this topic before but have always shied away from it for various reasons. First, I didn’t know if I had enough experience and second, I don’t truly identify with the topic. Let me explain… My first instinct isn’t to describe myself as a “woman” in commercial real estate. I… 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

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

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

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

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make In Shopping And In Life #thatsoundsdramatic

If you know me, you know that I specialize in the pretty and rarely take into account the useful. When someone says to me, “I love your shoes!”, inevitably it’s followed with the question, “Are they comfortable?”. And then appears what I can only imagine is a dumbfounded look on my face… of course they… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home Sweet Rental

As you may now know, either through word of mouth or from my mom (thanks, Mom!), I am a real estate agent. What you might not know, is that I’m also a property manager, which is a fancy name for someone who oversees the leasing and daily operations of a rental property, on behalf of the… 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

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

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

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

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

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

In my last blog post, I discussed my love of South Downtown and Little Bohemia. I left out 10th Street and Little Italy – on purpose. They stand so proudly on their own. I began working on 10th Street a little over a year ago, when Ryan Ellis and Susan Clark so kindly asked me… 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).

What Not to Wear…While Looking for Houses

Liz Fossenbarger is a Realtor with an eye for all things fashionable. In Houses and Heels, she’ll show you how to pair a love of real estate with a killer sense of style. 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… Read More

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

Connecting Through Chaos

Realtor Crystal Archer walks the tightropes of motherhood, marriage and real estate. Follow her as she strives for balance in her series Did I Sign Up for This?. Life is busy. Being a mom makes life completely crazy. I know moms from many walks of life – some work outside of the home, some don’t…. Read More

The Believers

A fascination with historic buildings, underground places, interesting architecture and unique characters has led to our series, The Unexpected. Check out Sales & Leasing Agent Colleen Mason’s take on the many facets of Omaha. Most Omahans refer to it as 13th Street, the street so many see blur by at 45 mph, to and from downtown… Read More