James (Jim) Hays is the owner & broker of Sunshine Realty & Appraisal Services, LLC. Sunshine Realty was originally opened by his mother, Jane Solomon, and sister Jennifer Hays in 1983. Jim has been a real estate agent with Sunshine Realty since 1984 and a real estate appraiser since 1991, after obtaining a BS degree in Real Estate from Florida State University in December 1991, which was geared toward commercial real estate appraising. After working for a real estate appraisal firm in Tallahassee for 3 years and then for a firm in Jacksonville for 1 year, Jim opened a real estate department within Sunshine Realty in January 1996. Jim became the owner/broker of Sunshine Realty in January 2007 after his mother retired.
Jim resides in St. Augustine Beach with his wife, Jontie Hays, and 2 children, Jackson and Jade. Outside of work, Jim enjoys surfing, bicycling and martial arts. Jim is a board member with Epic Community Services, Inc. which provides care to individuals and families impacted by drug or alcohol use. Jim also is a member and sponsor of Velofest, an annual 2-day St. Augustine festival to increase awareness to cyclists and drivers alike about the laws, health benefits, lower carbon footprint, and social aspect of cycling as a past time and as a sport.