Since 2004, Mrs. McKay has worked extensively in the development of large, mixed-income housing, construction project management, real estate finance, and data analysis of transformative projects in distressed urban areas. Prior to that, she served as an underwriter at two mortgage companies. Most recently, Mrs. McKay and her husband completed the renovation of a housing development in the neighborhood in which they were both raised. Mrs. McKay currently provides relocation services that build community for families relocating to New Orleans for work. These families receive a hands-on acclimation to New Orleans comprised of area tours, information on schools and school systems, cultural information and home finding.
In her former position at McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) Mrs. McKay served as a consultant partner on the B.W. Cooper mixed-income public housing redevelopment and was project manager for the off-site components of the Iberville Revitalization project, which was awarded a 2010 Choice Neighborhood Initiative award.
Prior to joining MBS, Mrs. McKay completed a University of Pennsylvania Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence (CUREx) fellowship in New Orleans, during which time she served as a project manager for Columbia Residential’s Columbia Parc apartments in New Orleans. Her work on Columbia Parc involved serving as the day-to-day, on the ground project manager for the development and construction of over 460 units of housing. Total development costs on the project exceeded $125 million and the project required the coordination of architects, local utilities, engineers, state and local funders, the Housing Authority of New Orleans, the City of New Orleans, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, environmental consultants, and general contractors. Columbia Parc is the recipient of two Affordable Housing Finance 2011 awards—Best Overall Project and Best Family Project.
Mrs. McKay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate certificate in Urban Development from the University of Pennsylvania. She is active in New Orleans public policy, having served as a board member for Citizens for a Better New Orleans and as a policy committee member for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance. Monika was in Gambit Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2011. She is current Chair of the Grants Committee at the Greater New Orleans Foundation and a trustee of her alma mater, Ursuline Academy. Ms. McKay partnered in the market analysis firm, Spark InSites, and was a certified market analyst. As a Real Estate agent, Mrs. McKay leans on her well rounded real estate development and finance experience to help you create the life you love. Monika McKay is your real estate advisor for life.
"Monika was incredibly helpful to my son who was looking for housing in the area around Tulane University. She was prompt, efficient and her follow-up was excellent. In addition, she met my son during a visit to NOLA and showed him multiple properties that were well suited to his needs. She communicated with me long distance numerous times before and after his visit. She was professional, but also fun and engaging. Her opinions on housing were much appreciated. I highly recommend Monika and she did an excellent job."
Dr. T. Powell
"The service that Mrs. McKay provided during my relocation was exemplary and beyond my expectations. She was thorough in her discovery phase to be capable to capture my desires. She was my eyes here in New Orleans while I was still out of state. I was pleased with the locations she located for me and I am pleased with my residence. She has earned a repeat customer."
Lee and La’Keidra Mitchell
"Monika Mckay O’Connor provided great service and support to my husband and I when we were deciding between selling our property or using it as income property. She was quick, straightforward, and honest with us. We asked her to run comps for homes so that we could weigh our options and make an informed decision and she did that and more. We would highly recommend her services to anyone looking to buy, sell, or rent their home. Thanks Monika!"
"Monika McKay did a wonderful job assisting us with finding the perfect property and kept us informed in every step of the process. I have no doubt that we would have been back in NOLA signing closing documents if we weren't dealing with unreasonable seller's. By us living out of state Ms. McKay went above and beyond to be our eyes and ears and we trusted her to do so. Ms. McKay I just want to thank you for making my wife and I feel as if we were your only clients."
"Monika is knowledgeable about New Orleans neighborhoods and lends color and history in a way that only a native can. She is honest and direct and will not steer your wrong. Her experience in housing development gives her a unique edge in understanding when a neighborhood is ready for investment. She is my realtor for life!"
Karl J Connor JD, LL.M.
"In 2012 Monika showed me how a house for which I had no vision could be a profitable purchase. After about 6-months, she convinced me to take another look at the property. I still didn’t see her vision, but I decided to take her detailed advice and bought the house in 2013.
I followed Monika’s suggested renovation plan and a few months later married her. In 2019, the house has appreciated to twice its 2013 value.
I didn’t see that coming, but I’m winning! I have the best house, the best agent and the best spouse.🙂😎"
"Monika was an absolute pleasure to work with right from our first phone call all the way to helping me find the perfect home in New Orleans. I had never visited the city before, and Monika took the time to show me various parts of the city to find the area that would work the best for me. She even took me to one of her favourite bakeries across the street from a potential apartment so I could try my first slice of King Cake! She stayed on top of the entire process, ensuring we got to see as many places as possible in a short period of time and eventually finding me my dream apartment. She followed up on every step of the process afterwards, including conducting walk-throughs, helping me with proper documentation and explaining all processes to me. Not only was she diligent, she was passionate, and seemed just as invested as me in making sure I felt happy at home. Working with Monika made a world of difference in getting settled in to a new city. Thank you Monika!"