Michael Shay


Michael Shay is the only agent who has been marketing & selling Residential, Commercial & Industrial properties in the Ballina Shire for the past 47 years.

Michael started his real estate life with L.J. Hooker Lismore in February 1972 then transferred to the Ballina office in 1973. Over the years Michael has sold countless properties ranging from home sites to caravan parks, homes to home units, ocean front properties to large investment properties.

Michael is the only Platinum life member of the L.J. Hooker Multi-Million Dollar Chapter of the Captains Club on the North Coast of N.S.W. Michael is a member of the L.J. Hooker 21 Club which is bestowed on L.J. Hooker personal who have achieved 21 continuous years service to Real Estate with L.J. Hooker. In fact he has achieved 44 years service.

Michael is only the eighth person to be inducted into the 'LJ Hooker Hall of Fame' since the brand first opened in 1928.

In the local community Michael has been a past member of the Ballina – Lismore Surf Life Saving Club, Ballina Apex and was the youngest ever president of St. Vincent De Paul Society which he served for 25 years.

Michael is Chairman of the Diocesan Investment Fund with over $500 million under management, Chairman of the Diocesan Finance Council, and a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish Finance Council.

Apart from the thousands of properties Michael has sold, he has successfully marketed 38 land subdivisions.

  • 21 Club
    21 Club
  • Life Admiral
    Life Admiral
  • Life Achiever
    Life Achiever

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What our customers say

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Michael Shay is the most personable and dedicated Real Estate Agent we have dealt with. L J Hooker Ballina is very much a family run business and with Michael Shay at the helm we couldn't have been happier in which the sale of our home was managed. Every aspect pertaining to the sale was handled with absolute professionalism, positivity and understanding. Thank you Michael and all at LJ Hooker Ballina and Lennox Head.

Neville & Joan Budd East Ballina NSW

From the start of the organisation of the selling of my property Michael Shay was continually helpful in every way. I would strongly recommend Michael Shay to anyone I know who is planning to sell their property. He is very efficient, caring and friendly. There is no way I could find fault with Michael Shay's handling of the sale of my property.

Mrs M Donovan

Dear Michael, On behalf of Irene Kearney and her entire family, I want to thank you for the service you rendered in selling mum’s home. Your caring and professional manner led us, I suspect, rather gently through what we all expected would be a harrowing experience. It was a tremendous result which exceeded our expectations in every regard. So, Michael, a big thank you to you and your staff for the helpful way you handled the sale and personal attention to our situation. Yours truly

Hugh Kearney

Thank you Michael and team for creating so much interest and desire with our home in East Ballina recently that it enabled my wife and i to advance the Auction date by more than two weeks. We are very pleased with your expert and attentive service and the overall outcome. We wish the new owners all the best.

Mr & Mrs DeRango

Hey Michael, Luke & The Team, Thanks for being fair to everyone involved in the sale of the property we bought. You've been amazing to deal with and we appreciate the job you've done. Thanks for the gifts they were very generous.

Stuart & Rachel

My sister & I engaged Michael Shay of L.J. Hooker Ballina, to handle the sale of our late Mother’s property. Michael submitted a comprehensive marketing package & cost proposal for our consideration, which we selected above 2 other agencies. At all times during the lead up to the auction he kept us informed of latest developments by phoning at least weekly & then following up with written advice. He also included copies of all advertisements & newspaper articles relating to the property. The advertising campaign he ran proved successful due to the number of interested parties taking out contracts prior to the auction. We found Michael honest, helpful & respectful of our situation without being intrusive & found him the complete professional at all times. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael for his time, effort, guidance & assistance prior to the sale. We are delighted with the result achieved & would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone needing the services of a real estate agent.

Dear Michael Shay, I would like to pass on my thanks to you for the way in which Dean Shay conducted himself on the recent sale of my property. Dean provided sound, professional advice & was always on hand to offer any assistance that was required in the selling process. With regard to inspections, he was considerate of our privacy, but at the same time was able to show the property to a large number of potential buyers, therefore getting the house ‘out there’ & into the marketplace. His negotiation skills enabled me to achieve a price for the property that was more than satisfactory & at no time did I feel pressured into taking a price other than the one that I was happy with. Dean is also a good listener, & with his knowledge of the local area, was able to offer sound advice on the correct way to market the property. I feel that Dean has great integrity & is an asset to your office, so would you please pass on my congratulations on a job well done.

Dear Michael, I would like to thank you, Dick Campbell and your staff for your prompt, courteous and professional approach to the marketing, promotion and sale of the East Ballina Shopping Center. I am sure that David Lombe from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu joins me in saying that all our dealings with you were of the highest standard and i would not hesitate in recommending you to prospective sellers/buyers. Rest assured that Westpac looks forward to some repeat business when and if it arises in your area. Yours Faithfully C.J. Degenhardt

My Awards

  • Life Admiral - May 2019
  • Admiral Advisory Group - Jul 2017
  • Hall Of Fame - Aug 2016
  • LJ Hooker Champion - Bronze Medallist - Aug 2008
  • LJ Hooker Champion - Bronze Medallist - Aug 2006
  • LJ Hooker Champion - Gold Medallist - Aug 2005
  • Captain's Club - Region President - Nov 2004
  • Life Achiever - Sep 2004
  • LJ Hooker Champion - Gold Medallist - Aug 2004
  • 21 Club - Jul 1993