Kay Agney is a business owner, supporter of local non-profit organizations, and a well-known and respected figure in the community. Kay is also one of the most successful real estate brokers in Grosse Pointe. So much so, for eight out of the past ten years Kay has been named as one of Hour Detroit Magazines Real Estate All Stars, continually listing her among the top 5% in her profession.
On her way to becoming one of Grosse Pointe’s Real Estate All Stars Kay has been on quite a journey. It all began on a warm summers’ night during the late 1960’s when Kay and a group of friends were driving along Lake Shore. As she marveled at the twinkling lights next to the lake Kay remembered thinking to herself that she had never seen so many schools and churches. It was a period when the last few grand estates remained on Lake Shore, and instantly left a lasting impression on all passersby. This was also the first time Kay “really saw” Grosse Pointe.
Kay moved to Grosse Pointe in 1976. By then she had realized the lights along the lake belonged to houses, and she was already smitten with the historic community that had welcomed her. She immediately felt at home.
Kay began her career as a piano teacher down river. At the time she was living in Grosse Pointe and had grown tired of making the daily drive to Wyandotte. She realized that when she first moved to Grosse Pointe she loved looking at the beautiful houses, so she decided to change her career and took the first steps to becoming a REALTOR® with a company called Grosse Pointe Real Estate. Six months later, in 1980, she knocked on the bright red door of the office of Higbie Maxon to interview with Mr. Higbie. To her surprise and delight she got the job. Twenty years later, in 2000, Kay had become a partner in the company, it was subsequently renamed Higbie Maxon Agney Realtors, Inc. And just six years after that, in 2006, Kay assumed control of the company to become the sole broker/owner.
Long before she became the owner of Higbie Maxon Agney, Kay had already earned a prominent place among the best of the best in the residential real estate industry with professional designations - Certified Residential Specialist and Certified Residential Broker. As a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Park, she is also a past president of the Grosse Pointe Board of REALTORS®, a founding director of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, and a past trustee for the Grosse Pointe Historical Society.
Throughout her career Kay has remained dedicated to supporting and sponsoring many local non-profit organizations. During the past ten years she has continued to donate to the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe, The Grosse Pointe Chamber Foundation, The Family Center, Racing for Kids, the Grosse Pointe Park Foundation, and the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Education, amongst others.
In 2017, Higbie Maxon Agney received the Rotary Vocational Service Award. The award is presented annually to a deserving individual, company or organization in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievements while maintaining very high ethical standards.
Kay is also an architectural enthusiast. Her favorite architect is Hugh T. Keys - one of the most diverse architects to work in Grosse Pointe, she loves every one of his homes. Kay also sites 211 Vendome as one of her favorite houses she has sold, such a majestic and historic estate.
Today, Kay feels blessed to wake up every morning to do something she loves, marketing and selling the grand estates of Grosse Pointe. After Kay saw Grosse Pointe for the first time all those years ago, it is clear she still sees the community and all its beauty for the “first time” every day.Posted by Kay Agney on