But did you know that Monet is a talk show host on XEPE-ESPN 1700-AM? Her show, called “Lunch with Love,” airs from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. The show features interviews with business leaders, professional athletes, and organizations making a positive impact in the community.
“But, lately, I’ve been filling-in for other hosts who can’t take their shift so I have been doing six or more shows a month,” said Monet, who started in radio last September. “I enjoy radio as a platform for providing a voice for the community and sharing stories about the wonderful things people are doing in our community. I love making connections and highlighting community involvement and participation. In fact, the show is actually an extension of my work in real estate because, in the simplest of terms, real estate is community work. I jumped at the opportunity to host a radio show because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. It was a similar situation when I started real estate 17 years ago.”
In 1999, Monet needed a job after relocating from Naperville, Ill., where she attended North Central University to study criminal justice (she later graduated from National University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice). “I wanted to be a forensic scientist and work at crime scenes like the CSI TV show,” she said. “But a friend was opening a real estate company and needed some administrative help. Plus, I had student loans to pay back. Then, after about six months, I felt confident that I could be a success in real estate so I got my sales license.”
She said her real estate career has included nearly all aspects of the profession, including representing buyers, sellers, investors and business owners in both the commercial and residential markets. “One of these days, I would still like to do CSI work,” said Monet, who is affiliated with Versant Realty in Mission Hills. “I joke that the only way I will ever use my degree is if I walked into a crime scene at an open house.”
Monet and her husband are raising three children ranging in age from 4 to 16. Monet grew up in San Diego and attended Ocean Beach Elementary, Correia Middle School, and Valhalla High School, but the family moved to Illinois for the remainder of her high school years. Monet’s husband works as an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office. Family members introduced them to each other 25 years ago. “My eldest sister is married to his cousin,” said Monet. “My husband doesn’t want me to work in law enforcement because he says in a jokingly way that I would coddle criminals and try to rehabilitate them and tell them to find about the love within themselves,” said Monet. “It’s true, I love helping people live in victory.”
The family attends The Rock Church in El Cajon and Monet serves as a member of the Executive Outreach Team which oversees community events and fundraisers. She recently organized church members to paint classrooms at an elementary school. She’s also chairing a golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 8 at The Vineyard Escondido golf course to benefit the church’s Toys for Joy program, a free toy, food and clothing giveaway held on the second Saturday of December. At Toys for Joy, children ages up to age 11 receive a free toy and families will have the opportunity to receive free lunch, clothing, groceries and entertainment. In 2015, more than 23,000 toys, 12,500 bags of groceries and 200,000 articles of clothing were distributed to families at four locations, including Lincoln High School, Southwest High School, San Marcos High School and El Cajon Valley High School.
“I love PSAR because they believe, just like I do, in helping our community,” said Monet. “PSAR also stands for professionalism, integrity and encouraging people to be successful. I get a good, trusting feeling whenever I walk into any one of the PSAR Service Centers. PSAR might be small, compared to other groups, but we’re making a bigger impact. I’ve served on other nonprofit boards and been a member of other real estate associations. And, the reason why PSAR is growing and is so vibrant is because their leaders are out there, recognizable among the members, learning their names, attending the events and serving as an advocate. Plus, the leaders are receptive to new ideas. When you have a group of people who are willing to work together, then you can move mountains.”