Meet Our Team

Of Seasoned Realtors with 30 Years of Market Experience

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Who We Are

We have been helping our clients make sound real estate decisions for a combined 37 years with Josh being licensed in 2001 and Leighton in 2007. Both Baton Rouge natives, we met each other through mutual friends in the real estate business. There is a funny story behind this so be sure to ask us! We got married in 2016 and started our team in 2018 and haven’t looked back. Since we started our team, we have placed in the Top 10 of all RE/MAX Teams in the State of LA each year, and finished as the #4 RE/MAX Team in Louisiana in 2022. We were proud to welcome our daughter, Annie Hughes, into the world in July 2021. We have gotten so much joy in watching her grow.  In 2022, we were honored to be asked to serve Dave Ramsey’s Raving Fans as Endorsed Local Providers for real estate.  We are proud to be called “Ramsey Trusted” as we serve the Ramsey fans as well as our own clients.  Whether buying or selling, we pride ourselves on making sure our clients know what to expect through the process. We always tell our clients that we are in the “expectation setting business.” It is important for our clients to be educated on the process. The better our clients understand what is going to happen before it actually does, the happier client and the smoother the transaction. When you work with our team, you either will be working with Josh or Leighton or both. You will not be passed off to another team member or real estate assistant. Please take a few moments to Google “Thorning McKay Team” and read our reviews on Google. You will learn more about what we do to make our clients happy.
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Josh McKay and Leighton Thorning McKay

Meet Leighton

Choosing a REALTOR® is much more than finding help to write an offer or oversee a closing. As a REALTOR®, I represent what you want, expect and deserve when buying or selling property. I have experience representing high-end builders and assisting with developments and also working closely with relocation companies who are transferring clients into Baton Rouge, or moving them out of Baton Rouge.

I have expertise in all aspects of real estate, representing buyers and sellers of distinctive properties. Building on a reputation through hard work, client advocacy and innovative thinking, I set my expectations high. As a savvy negotiator, I manage the transaction through closing with confidence and ease. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, I have strong ties to this great city and believe my knowledge of our capital and surrounding areas is without bounds! Having an education in Art History at Louisiana State University and having worked in Interior Design, my services go beyond finding a house to make your new home. 

What sets me apart from other REALTORS®, is that I do more for my clients. My goal is to understand your needs, desires, and expectations of your real estate transaction. I strive to go above and beyond, while providing my clients with what you deserve. Let me be your guide for a professional approach, personal touch, and positive results. From first time home buyers to seasoned shoppers, I can assist you with any transaction in the Greater Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Whether buying or selling, call me today and we can preview homes tomorrow!

Meet Josh

I’m Josh McKay, the Co-Team Leader of the Thorning McKay Team at RE/MAX Professional in Baton Rouge, LA. Together with my wife, Leighton Thorning McKay, we form a dynamic duo dedicated to providing exceptional real estate services. As a proud Baton Rouge native, I have deep roots in the community. I graduated from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge in 1996 and later earned my degree from LSU in 2000. With my extensive local knowledge and years of experience, I’m well-equipped to guide you through the buying or selling process with confidence. I would love the opportunity to meet with you for an interview and demonstrate how the Thorning McKay Team’s game plan can be tailored specifically to your unique situation. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, my priority is to ensure that your needs and goals are met, every step of the way.

Here are a few noteworthy accolades I’ve achieved throughout my career:

  • Licensed in 2001, showcasing my commitment to professionalism and continuous growth in the industry.
  • Inducted into the prestigious RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 2013, a testament to my exceptional achievements and contributions.
  • Obtained a Broker’s License in 2017, demonstrating my expertise and leadership in the field.
  • Consistently recognized as a member of the RE/MAX 100% Club from 2007 to 2017, highlighting my dedication to delivering top-notch service.
  • Attained the RE/MAX Platinum Club status in 2018, a distinction reserved for exceptional sales performance.
  • Honored as a member of the RE/MAX Chairman’s Club from 2019 to 2022, exemplifying my consistent excellence in the real estate industry.
  • Accumulated over $120 million in career sales, showcasing my track record of success and client satisfaction.
  • Successfully sold over 525 homes, solidifying my expertise and ability to navigate complex transactions.

I’m eager to roll up my sleeves and start working for you. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, an experienced investor, or looking to sell your property, I am dedicated to providing you with personalized and results-driven service.

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