Author Archives: Joe Cleary

About Joe Cleary

Joe T. Cleary Realtor®, GRI, SFR, CDPE came to Sarasota from Cleveland, Ohio at the age of two. He graduated from Riverview High School where he was a member of the internationally famous “Kiltie Band”. Joe attended Western Carolina University in North Caroling where he graduated with a degree in Business Management. Joe was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and ultimately President of that fraternity. Upon graduation, Joe joined Walgreens Drug Stores in their management training program. After four and a half years with Walgreens he decided to join The Cleary Group in real estate sales. His adeptness with computer technology enables The Cleary Group to provide many special services to their client base. Joe’s firm commitment to success and excellent follow-thru has enabled his clients to realize their goals in the sale or purchase of real estate. He has become a very successful real estate Broker-Associate and especially enjoys working with his wife, Missy.

Sarasota Home Sales in August Up Over Last Year

By | October 2, 2013

The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently released the sales statistics for the month of August which show property sales in Sarasota County stood at 957, a dozen sales less than recorded in July 2013, but 11.6 percent higher than in August 2012. In addition, the median sale price for single family homes in the county … Read More! »

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Oktoberfest in Sarasota

By | September 25, 2013

Geier's Sausage Kitchen

Come and enjoy a little bit of old-world traditional Germany right here in Sarasota! Geier’s Sausage Kitchen is hosting their 31st Annual Oktoberfest from September 26-28th at 11:00am. This is a family-friendly free community event.  Warm up your vocal cords so you can sing-a-long with their live traditional German band, indulge in Bratwurst and Knockwurst dinner platters and baked goods … Read More! »

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Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation Annual Bus Tour

By | September 12, 2013

Ron McCarty

Thomas Reed Martin was one of the most successful and prominent architects in Sarasota County. Moving here from Chicago to work for socialite, Bertha Palmer, Martin quickly established an office in Florida, eventually building over five-hundred structures within Sarasota County including the design for the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain and Luke Wood Park. Please join … Read More! »

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales in July 2013

By | August 22, 2013


The Sarasota Board of Realtors just released the sales statistics for July. The Sarasota real estate market continued an amazing streak in July, with members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® closing 911 sales during the month – a 30.3 percent increase over July 2012, and 3.2 percent higher than the June 2013 total. The … Read More! »

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Leagues of Their Own

By | August 10, 2013

Leagues of Their Own

When Sarasota’s black children dreamed of playing professional baseball, before Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, their models were players in the state and national Negro leagues. The local teams were the Nine Devils and the Sarasota Tigers. The above photo from Robert “Bud” Thomas’ collection shows the Nine Devils, a team based … Read More! »

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Barbeque Beer & Bluegrass Festival on Anna Maria Island

By | August 2, 2013

The Bridge Street Merchants are hosting an evening of Barbecue, Beer & Bluegrass Saturday August 3rd from 5-10 pm on Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Barbeque, Beer & Bluegrass is free to the public and promises a different experience than the usual Bridge Street Markets held at the same location, … Read More! »

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June Real Estate Statistics

By | July 24, 2013

The inventory of available homes in the Sarasota market fell to only 3,114 in June 2013 – the lowest level in longer than a decade, and an 18 percent drop from last year at this time. Declining inventory generally results in greater competition for available homes and condos and subsequent price escalation. Members of the … Read More! »

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Cabbage Key Vacation Getaway

By | July 23, 2013

Cabbage Key

If you haven’t been to Cabbage Key and you are a boater, check it out! Cabbage Key is an island about three hours +/- south of Sarasota by boat. It is on the south side of Boca Grande Pass off of the Intracoastal Waterway. The island features 7 cottages/houses and an Inn with 6 newly … Read More! »

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The DeSoto Hotel

By | July 11, 2013


Sarasota was hardly more than a small fishing village in 1886 when Col. John Hamilton Gillespie arrived from Scotland. Gillespie, representing the Florida Mortgage & Investment Company, arrived in Sarasota in 1886 to see what could be done to improve the company’s investment in Sarasota. Aside from improving the streets and the “Downtown” area, Gillespie … Read More! »

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May Sales in Sarasota Hit New 8 Year High

By | June 25, 2013

Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® sold 1,020 properties in May 2013, the second consecutive month that sales have hit four figures since June  2005. In many respects, April and May were statistical mirror images of each other in terms of total sales, pending sales, steadily increasing median sales prices and declining inventory. There … Read More! »

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