Sean Hess, Broker and Author

Real Estate Investment Consultant and Broker. Firm Founder and Owner.

Sean Hess

SA Realty

(904) 386-8327

License #: BK3357308

Sean Hess has 19 years real estate investment and management experience, closing and/or brokering nearly $500 million in residential transactions. Sean is the owner and principle real estate investment consultant for SA Realty in St. Augustine, Florida, where he works with clients to reposition real estate assets to improve financial performance, and where he also earned a national marketing award from Constant Contact. Sean has authored three books on buying real estate on the subjects of first-time buyers, new construction, and resales and foreclosures. Prior to founding his own agency, Sean served as an associate broker for Florida’s largest real estate firm, Watson Realty, where one of his tasks was successfully spearheading the launch of a 25-acre residential community. Sean is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Utah, the online program ranked top-11 globally by Princeton Review, where he carries a 3.955 GPA.


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Sean was very responsive to my particular personality. A for sale sign was not put on my front lawn which I thought was genius ( no more people walking all over my property taking photos).

Sean appreciated the work I put into making my home as attractive as possible.
He knew that I understood the process and did not talk down to me or make me feel as though I needed to respond only to his opinion ,I had as much input and conversation with him as I wanted.

I had  other real estate agents over the past 3 years and became so irritated with them that I took my home off the market several times because I was beginning to think that all real estate agents were incompetent. My past experiences with  real estate agents was very frustrating … fortunately my experience with Sean was just the opposite and my home sold for exactly the price I wanted.

I do recommend SA Realty with out reservation to anyone who wants to sell their home and avoid wanting to scream in frustration at the mediocrity of some agents out there.

And by the way our relationship did not end with him collecting his percentage of the sale , as minor items came up Sean was there to facilitate the solving of the issue.

It bears repeating—-I highly recommend  SA Realty.”

CASE STUDY: Backstory, three agents failed to sell Mrs. O’s home in a combined 662 days on the market; I was able to get a buyer in 40 days. Click here to see the marketing that did it.

Ann O.Seller, 545 Willow Walk PlaceClick here to read Ann’s actual testimonial.

“Sean Hess was everything you could ask for in a Realtor. He was there for us through numerous ups and downs with patience and a sense of humor. He brought us two cash buyers within two weeks of listing. If we have any realty needs in the future, you can bet we will be using SA Realty and Sean Hess.”

CASE STUDY: Click here to see some of the marketing that brought two cash buyers in under 14 days.

Fredrica C. and Richard V.7 Aviles Street (Historic District -- Sellers Lived in Boca Raton)Click here to see actual seller testimonial.

“Over the years I have purchased and sold homes in various parts of the country. I have found that the personal and caring service of a smaller, specialized firm as SA Realty is the right way to go. Sean Hess is a true professional. His client’s needs are primary in the sales process. Judy and I highly recommend him to anyone that wants top-notch service.”

CASE STUDY: Click here to see some of the marketing that brought a cash buyer in 14 days, at nearly full price.

Jeffrey and Judy S.1452 Makarios (St Augustine Beach Condo--Sellers Also Lived in Boca Raton)Click here to see the actual seller testimonial.

“Sean Hess is genuine and passionate about his work that is evidenced in how he conducts himself. Buying and selling property is a big deal to most people and Sean Hess understands this very well. We bought our property purely due to Sean’s perseverance.”

Sean & Kirstin M.7 Aviles Street (Buyers who live locally)Click here to read actual testimonial

“I could not be more pleased with SA Realty, especially Sean Hess in helping myself and my wife find our new dream home in this lovely town. I cannot thank your organization enough for the knowledge, diligence in keeping us on the right track from conception to closing. If you’re reading this and have any doubts, don’t they are top notch and will help you with your buying and selling needs.”

CASE STUDY: Click here to see how I kept these out of state buyers in the loop while their new home was being built in St. Augustine.

Brian and Holly J.465 Balearics Drive (New Construction-Buyers Lived Out of State)Click here to read the actual buyer testimonial on their purchase.

“Thank you Sean for the quick sale of my Mom’s house. I appreciated our professionalism during the whole listing and selling process and always keeping me updated, even when you were on vacation. You made it all so easy guiding me along the way. I couldn’t have chosen a better Realtor.”

CASE STUDY: Click here to see some of the marketing that brought a near full-price offer in 3 days.

Beverly C.8330 Calento Street (Estate Home, Seller Lived in Jacksonville)Click here to read the actual seller testimonial.

“Sean, thanks for all you do, and thanks to your staff, partner, and family for the Saturday and Sunday hours, and the late evenings.”

This home was listed in late November and found its buyer the first week of January. CASE STUDY: Click here to see some of the marketing that sold it right after the holidays, at nearly full price.

Jim and Jenny H.454 Arricola Avenue (Anastasia Island Second Home--Local Sellers)Click here to read the actual testimonial.

“We are officially homeowners!!!! Thank you Sean Hess for being an amazing Realtor.”

Ashley H.114 Andora Street (First Time Homebuyers)Click here to read the actual first time buyer testimonial.

I’d love to hear from you. I really mean that!

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About Sean

Do you long for an agency that treats your home like the treasure it is? In the same way that Tiffany & Co. utilizes ordinary gems to create extraordinary pieces, we take ordinary homes and present them in an extraordinary way. Call it artisanal real estate, if you like.

Since 2017 I’ve directed my personal focus on:

  • Analyzing real estate investments for clients to increase equity and revenue.
  • Seeking out properties that will achieve equity and revenue goals, and that will generate cash flows.
  • Identifying, assessesing, and evaluating residential real estate in order to help clients make decisions buying investment property.
  • Providing insight regarding how real estate investments perform against passive investments.
  • Focusing on residential real estate investments, including equity growth, income, development, single-family, and multi-family units.

Honors and Awards

I have received numerous awards for my work in real estate, and some were even given to me with my permission. Here are some of the recent ones (at least the ones I’ll admit to):

  • Invitee, Federal Reserve Branch of Atlanta, Public Affairs Forum: Forecasting Florida: What’s Ahead for Our State and National Economies (2016); Bitcoin and Beyond (2014)
  • Author of The Virtual Real Estate Series, Volume 1: First Time Buyer, Volume 2: New Construction, and Volume 3: Pre-Owned Homes and Foreclosures. Authored two fiction books (2014 and 2016), with a third to be published later in 2018.
  • Former Director, Board of Directors, St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of Realtors
  • Constant Contact All Star Award for Online Marketing
  • BizRate National Award for Online Marketing
  • FIVE STAR Best in Client Satisfaction Real Estate Agent (Jacksonville Homebuyer Magazine)

Volunteer Work and Philanthropy

I take a great deal of pride in working as a volunteer locally and giving back through donations to charitable organizations with every sale:

  • Youth soccer coach, Ancient City Soccer 2014-Present. I hold the US Soccer Federation D, F, and E licenses,  as well as the 7 x 7 and 11 x 11 grassroots certification.
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters mentor 2002-present, and was a member and former Chair of the advisory board for Brothers / Big Sisters of St. Johns County, 2005-2013.


I am an MBA candidate at The University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, ranked top-11 globally by the Princeton Review.

I have a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University.


I am happily married with two wonderful children.

I used to race mountain bikes, and competed in nine USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championship races as a cat-2 between 2006-2013 in XC and Super D (Sonoma, Mt. Snow, Granby, Sun Valley, and Bear Mountain). I’ve also raced in such notables as the East Coast Nationals, Sugar Mountain Nationals, US Cup, Swank 65, Couch Potato, Bump N Grind, and in the Citizen’s Race at the 2015 World Cup (Windham). I had a GC podium for SERC in 2011, and top 10 GCs in 2009 & 2010. I was coached by Josh Drake and Tristan Cowie at Charmical Training Systems (CTS).

From 1989 to 2015 I worked as journalist (both full-time and a correspondent) for several news outlets and especially for the the St. Augustine Record and the Florida Times-Union. It was in these places that I honed my photographic, graphic, editorial, and copywriting skills.

Life isn’t perfect, but you can see it from here!