Brian Kays

Brian Kays


Languages Spoken:

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  • 402-740-0187
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A Bio Like No Other REALTOR® in Omaha

I was born and raised in Valley, NE and moved to Omaha in 1997 to attend UNO. I majored in Marketing and Management with a minor in American Sign Language. I currently serve as the OABR/YPN® Vice President and have been in the Real Estate Property Management field for over 12 years. I obtained my ARM® designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management in 2010 and continually attend education classes to better understand this ever changing real estate market. I am an active member of the M.O.B. (Men Of Bethany) at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn and the WCR of greater Omaha. I have built relationships with great mortgage lenders, builders, property inspectors, title & escrow, home warranty, remodeling and other companies that will help you throughout your home buying or selling process. Click here to see my featured partners.


I have a high regard for customer service and willingness to help those in need. I am the only Real Estate Agent that is #SoldOnGivingBack. That is why I donate 10% of every commission check to the charity of my client’s choice. I want to be the REALTOR® you think of when it is time to sell your home or purchase the one that fits your every need. Contact me today to set up a no obligation meeting to answer all of your questions.

#SoldOnGivingBack - 10% of my commission is donated to your charity

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

I am the only Realtor in Omaha that donates 10% of my commission check to the charity of your choice. I don't want you to hire me just to take care of your transaction and push papers. I get to know you on a personal basis so the things that are important to you become important to me. If you want to buy or sell a home and do some good in this world give me a call and ask me about how I can help you. Click #SoldOnGivingBack to see the charities that my past clients have had me support.

My 2016 goal is to raise my donation portion to 15%, click here to see how you can help me reach my goal.

OABR/YPN® Vice President & ARM®

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Helpful Websites and Phone Numbers

Helpful Websites and Phone Numbers


Omaha Public Power District 402-536-4131

Natural Gas

Nebraska Public Power District 877-275-6773

Metropolitan Utilities District 402-554-6666

Black Hills Energy 800-303-0752


Metropolitan Utilities District 402-554-6666

City of Papillion 402-827-1677

City of Gretna 402-332-3336


Century Link 866-642-0444

Cox Communications or Channel Lineup 402-933-3000

Direct TV or Channel Lineup 888-777-2454

Dish Network or Channel Lineup 800-823-4929

Check out my Reviews


We had a terrific experience with Brian. We were looking for a home that would meet both the needs of the family and the budget. Brian presented us with several options that for some reason or another didn't work out. He didn't get discouraged, he continued to look and talked to others about potential new listings or current listings that may soon reduce their price, we were poised­and ready. We got the perfect house for our needs. Great Job Brian!!!!"



Brian is very genuine and down to earth. He is personable and makes you feel comfortable. Brian is a great listener, but most importantly, a team player that works hard. You won't be disappointed if you work with Brian Kays!"



I've known Brian for several years now and can confidently recommend him for your real estate needs. A proven professional, Brian has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the real estate industry to my wife and I as we contemplated our next move. He treats his clients as if they were members of his own family with a personalized approach that is refreshing. His work is nothing short­of the highest standard of excellence. If you want to "GITT Real" with your real estate needs, contact Brian today! You will be satisified, I can promise you that."



Brian is such a pleasure to know & be around. He's someone that is very honest, respectful & trustworthy. In this day & age those qualities are almost a rarity, but Brian not only naturally possesses these values & qualities, but makes them shine. He will do such a fantastic job for you & your family that you will also find yourself highly recommending him to your friends­& family."



I've had the pleasure of being a friend of Brian's for several years. He is a good, honest man. He is the perfect professional for your real estate needs if you are looking for somebody who will give you personal attention and take the time to find exactly what it is you are looking for. I would recommend Brian in a heartbeat, in fact I already have!"



I am impressed with Brian's knowledge of real estate as well as his honesty and integrity. If we were ever move to Omaha I would have Brian find our new home, knowing that he would represent us well. His desire to give 5% to the charity of his clients choice also shows the type of person Brian is."



Brian is a very personable guy, easy going and very easy to get along with. He has a strong work effort and a great listener that makes you feel that you are the only one in the room when he engages in conversation with him. Brian is a very professional man and loves his family very much."



I have worked with Brian in the past, he is extremely easy to talk with and is always willing going over and above what expected of him. Brian comes with my highest recommendation you will not be disappointed."



Brian is one of the most outgoing and brightest young men I know. He is a real go-getter type and if you give him a job to do, he is going to get it done!"



Brian is very professional in his manner yet provides a friendly service. He responds promptly to questions whether by phone, in person or via email."



I've known Brian for several years. He's friendly, honest and hard working. I would recommend him to all my friends in the Omaha area!"


Kristen Velazquez­­5 starBrian is amazing at what he does! He took time away from his beautiful family on a Sunday to show us a fee properties since that was the only day we were available. He took into consideration everything we were looking for and delivered. We are only renting, but he recently found a house for sale and thought it was perfect for us. Great realtor and a truly caring guy! Thanks Brian!
TJ Deaver­­5 starBrian did a great job helping me purchase my first home! He found a house that had just the right amount of character and projects to keep me busy and I couldn't be happier. :)
Sheri Unruh­­5 starBrian Kays was excellent professional and kept us calm during the purchase of our house over a year ago We would recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a home! He is kind and we loved that he donated 5% of his commissions to a charity of our choice Thanks again Brian!!!!
Abby Binderup­­5 starBrian is a remarkable realtor. He is personable and makes the process of buying a home stress free. Brian is so professional and defiantly takes the time to get to know his clients and understand what they are looking for. He understands the business/market and will make sure you are satisfied as a client. He was also quick to adjust to my changing requests and was very open to answering all questions and concerns we had through our buying process. My husband and I would highly recommend Brian as a realtor.
Vickie L. Stinson­­5 starBrian helped me find a beautiful townhome. He helped me every step of the way. I would be proud to recommend him to anyone looking for the perfect home. He takes you through all the necessary steps to achieve your dream.

10/22/2014 -­christodd86
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $200K in Bennington, NE.
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Brian is very professional and thorough. My wife and I didn't have to worry about any details the entire process and everything that took place from a telephone call, to a showing, to an open house was well documented and an analysis was provided.

He's also very educated on the local­sales/rental market and was great at establishing the right ways to go to market given the current landscape and comps.
I highly, highly recommend Brian Kays to anyone looking to sell or buy a house.

Chris Todd



Rent Is Going UP... again. Is it Time to Buy? According to Business Insider the Answer is YES!

Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

Rising rents apartmentsAPIn this March 18, 2015 photo, visitors arrive for the grand opening of Gibson Santa Monica, a new luxury apartment building in downtown Santa Monica, Calif.


Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

Renting has gotten increasingly expensive over the last five years. The average U.S. rent has climbed 14 percent to $1,124 since 2010, according to commercial property tracker Reis Inc. That's four percentage points faster than inflation, and more than double the rise in U.S. home prices over the same period.

Now, despite a surge in apartment construction, rents are projected to rise yet another 3.3 percent this year, to an average $1,161, according to Reis. While that's slower than last year's 3.6 percent increase, the broader upward trend isn't going away.

"The only relief in sight is rents in the hottest markets are going to go up at a slower pace, but they're still going to go up," says Hessam Nadji, chief strategy officer at Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate services firm.

The main reason: More people than ever are apartment hunting.

Young people who have been living with their parents are increasingly finding jobs and moving out. Rising home prices are leading many long-time renters to stay put.

In addition, most of the new apartments coming on the market are aimed at affluent tenants and carry higher-than-average rents. That's especially true in cities where new buildings are going up in urban core areas, which means builders need to recoup higher land and development costs.

Consider Denver, where rents have increased more than 5 percent a year since 2010 — 9.2 percent in 2014 — according to Marcus & Millichap. Of the 9,400 new apartment units added last year, 23 percent were in urban core areas.

Competition for apartments means renters are less likely to be able to negotiate with landlords, or win concessions such as a free month's rent.

Here's a closer look at why apartment dwellers will probably see rents go up for a sixth straight year.

Rising Rents apartments CaliforniaAPIn this March 18, 2015, photo, visitors tour an apartment at the Gibson Santa Monica, a new luxury apartment building in downtown Santa Monica, Calif.



During the last recession many workers who lost their jobs moved in with relatives or took on roommates. About 32 percent of U.S. adults were living with roommates or adult family members in 2012, up from 27.4 percent in 2006, according to Zillow, an online real estate firm.

Stepped-up hiring has begun to reverse that trend. About 2.8 million more Americans have jobs than 12 months ago.

"The share of young adults with jobs has climbed in the past year, and that will help many of them move out of their parents' homes," says Jed Kolko, chief economist at online real estate firm Trulia. "Most of them will be renters first."

More people vying for apartments helps drive rents higher. And metropolitan areas with faster job growth are generally seeing higher-than-average rent hikes as well.

The three metro areas with the biggest annual increase in rent in January, according to Trulia: Denver (14.2 percent), Oakland, California (12.1 percent), and San Francisco (11.6 percent).

Job growth in each of those cities also eclipsed the national growth rate of 2.3 percent over the 12 months ended in January. Employment grew 3.7 percent in Denver, 2.7 percent in Oakland and 4.5 percent in San Francisco.

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Traditionally, renting has been a stepping stone toward homeownership. When rents rise, tenants are motivated to buy sooner, especially when interest rates are near historic lows, as they are now.

But these days, renters are taking longer to buy. The U.S. homeownership rate ended last year at a 19-year low of 64.4 percent.

Between higher rents taking a bigger bite out of the bank account and sharply higher home prices, potential buyers are having more trouble saving for a down payment and qualifying for a mortgage.

And many millennials, or 18- to 34-year-olds, simply prefer renting.

That's true for Alyssa Hankins, a marketing and social media strategist in Los Angeles. She moved in February to a newly opened complex where rents range from $2,325 for a studio to $5,920 for a two-bedroom unit. She wants to be able to move quickly if a job opportunity comes up.

"It's less about affordability and more about flexibility," says Hankins, 29.

When renters stay put, fewer apartments are available for new tenants, which in turn drives up rents.


Developers added 238,000 apartments nationwide last year, a 14-year high, with another 210,000 expected this year, according to Marcus & Millichap.

In theory, more apartment construction should help bring down rents because landlords would compete for tenants. But 80 percent of new complexes, Nadji estimates, are high-end projects aimed at renters willing to pay a premium for amenities like gourmet kitchens and concierge service.

How much of a premium? The average rent for apartments completed last year was $1,721. That's 46 percent higher than the average apartment rent for older units, according to Marcus & Millichap and data provider MPF Research.

"There's very little new supply being added anywhere else," says Nadji, "so that's why there's so much pressure on rents and very little choice for the average renter."

Inside Lending Newsletter Market Update from Justin Pinkerton June 6, 2016 – Vol. 14, Issue 23

Inside Lending from Justin Pinkerton
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For the week of June 6, 2016 – Vol. 14, Issue 23

>>Market Update 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK... "Personally, I don't think there's intelligent life on other planets. Why should other planets be any different from this one?" --Bob Monkhouse, English comedian

INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE ... Whether or not you see intelligent life in the housing market, at least there is life evident. People continue to buy homes and prices keep moving ahead. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index was up 0.1% in March, and is up 5.2% in the last year. That's a bigger annual gain than the 4.3% logged for the year ending March 2015. The index has been driven by some hot metros (Denver, Portland, Seattle), but also by the tight supply in markets across the country. The Case-Shiller Index Committee's managing director said, "The low inventory...means that would-be sellers seeking to trade up are having a hard time finding a new, larger home."

But he added, "This may be starting to change: starts of single family homes in February were the highest since November 2007. The single-family home share of total housing starts was...approaching the 75%-80% range seen before the housing crisis." The chief economist at an online real estate site observed, "Despite facing some broader economic headwinds, market demand remains healthy." This enthusiasm in many regions may entice more owners to bring their homes onto the market. One source of comprehensive housing data reported Q1 saw the highest rate of home flips in two years and the biggest profits since the end of 2005. There are values out there.

BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK... Building trust with your clients is the foundation of your success. And to build trust, being consistent is key.

>> Review of Last Week

VERY BAD JOBS... Just when people seemed to be getting used to this stubbornly slow economic recovery with its monthly parade of economic reports which are neither terrific nor terrible, out come the May jobs numbers on Friday and, wow, are they terrible. A mere 38,000 new Nonfarm Payrolls were added last month, the weakest level of hiring in more than five years. Including downward revisions of 59,000 jobs to the March and April reports, the U.S. saw a net loss of 21,000 jobs in May. Investors took solace in the fact this would delay a Fed rate hike, but sent stocks south, worrying about a slowdown in the pace of job creation.

The Unemployment Rate dropped to 4.7%, but this was because almost half a million people stopped looking for work, sending the labor force participation rate back down to 62.6%. Those seeking a silver lining in the jobs report found it in the continued increase in hourly earnings, up 0.2% for the month, and 2.5% ahead of a year ago. Those with jobs are putting that extra money back into the economy, with Personal Spending up a hot 1.0% in April. Too bad Friday's very bad jobs report was followed by ISM Services falling to a two-year low, although it remains above 50, showing that this vital sector of our economy is still showing growth.

The week ended with the Dow down 0.4%, to 17807; the S&P 500 flat, at 2099; and the Nasdaq UP 0.2%, to 4943.

Friday's horrible jobs numbers sent investors scurrying to the safe haven of bonds, boosting prices. The 30YR FNMA 4.0% bond we watch finished the week UP .31, at $106.98. National average 30-year fixed mortgage rates edged up for the third week in a row in Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ending June 2. But their chief economist noted that rates are still near three-year lows. Remember, mortgage rates can be extremely volatile, so check with your mortgage professional for up-to-the-minute information.

DID YOU KNOW?... The largest home buying group after married couples, at 54%, is single women. Their 18% share easily beats the shares for unmarried couples and single men.

>>This Week’s Forecast

PRODUCTIVITY DOWN, LABOR COSTS UP, CONSUMERS TREAD WATER... Analysts expect another weird week of data. The Q1 Productivity - Revised number is forecast to stay negative, while Unit Labor Costs - Revised keep growing. Small wonder the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment - Preliminary reading is predicted to stay pretty much where it's been. Will it surprise anyone that the May Federal Deficit should reveal that the government spent more money than it took in?

>> The Week’s Economic Indicator Calendar

Weaker than expected economic data tends to send bond prices up and interest rates down, while positive data points to lower bond prices and rising loan rates.

Economic Calendar for the Week of Jun 6 – Jun 10
 Date Time (ET) Release For Consensus Prior Impact
Jun 7
08:30 Productivity - Rev. Q1 -0.6% -1.0% Moderate
Jun 7
08:30 Unit Labor Costs - Rev. Q1 4.0% 4.1% Moderate
Jun 8
10:30 Crude Inventories 6/4 NA -1.366M Moderate
Jun 9
08:30 Initial Unemployment Claims 6/4 265K 267K Moderate
Jun 9
08:30 Continuing Unemployment Claims 5/28 NA 2.172M Moderate
Jun 10
10:00 U. of Michigan Consumer Sentiment - Prelim. Jun 94.0 94.7 Moderate
Jun 10
14:00 Federal Deficit May NA -$84.1B Moderate

>> Federal Reserve Watch   

Forecasting Federal Reserve policy changes in coming months... After the May jobs report, the majority of economists now think the Fed will leave rates alone clear through September. Note: In the lower chart, a 4% probability of change is a 96% certainty the rate will stay the same.

Current Fed Funds Rate: 0.25%-0.5%

After FOMC meeting on: Consensus
Jun 15 0.25%-0.50%
Jul 27 0.25%-0.50%
Sep 21 0.25%-0.50%

Probability of change from current policy:
After FOMC meeting on: Consensus
Jun 15         4%
Jul 27       31%
Sep 21       44%

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Guaraneed Rate's January Market Report by Selene Garcia

The US labor market continued to grow in December with another stronger-than-expected employment report. Nonfarm payrolls in the US added 292,000 jobs while the headline unemployment rate remained at 5%. Additionally, there were upward revisions to November’s report as nonfarm payrolls were adjusted up to 252,000 from 211,000. In December, the participation rate grew to 62.6% from 62.5% the prior month.

The upward revisions to November’s report provide further evidence that the concerns about domestic growth due to the turmoil in China may be excessive. The stock market tends to agree, as DOW futures are suggesting the market will open up 180 points, after giving up nearly 800 points in the last three trading sessions. Interest rates, however, have not changed course and continue to trade near this week’s lows after the employment report. Mortgage rates are largely unchanged post-report.

While the December employment report was strong, there are a couple of points worth noting. First, the weather on the east coast has been unseasonably warm and that may have helped boost employment. Also, the US labor market once again failed to see any growth in wages as average hourly earnings fell slightly. As seen in the employment report, inflation is hard to find anywhere in this market making it hard to build the case for further Fed rate hikes.

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The Markets In a Minute for the week ending May 27, 2016 by Leonard Andresen of Gateway Mortgage


For the Week Ending May 27, 2016



Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.


Reports on retail sales, housing and industrial production offer a favorable view of growth for Q2. Continued expansion supports a Fed rate increase.
This week's jobless claims are lower than expected, further supporting growth. The strong labor market is a pillar of the improving economy.
Comments by Fed policymakers also point to a nearing Fed policy rate increase. Economists speculate we may see an increase as soon as June.

New home sales surged to an 8-year high in April, jumping 16.6%. Prices for new homes also hit a record high, as tight inventory continues to drive up prices.
Millennials aren't just buying homes; they're selling them too. NAR reports that the number of agents under 30 years old has increased from 2% to 5% since last year.
Pending home sales were up 5.1% in April, hitting the highest levels in a decade. Demand continues to soar, fueled by an improving economy and low rates.



All gave some, some gave all.
Thank you to all who serve and have served. As you enjoy your time with family and friends this weekend, please take a moment to remember those who gave their lives while serving in our military.


Now, to keep it fun, here's a joke that those who have served may enjoy. :)


"Well," snarled the tough old Navy Chief to the Seaman, "I suppose after you get discharged from the Navy, you'll just be waiting for me to die so you can come and laugh at my grave." "Not me, Chief!" the Seaman replied. "Once I get out of the Navy, I'm never going to stand in line again!"


Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.




Leonard Andresen
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