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.

The Sarasota Yacht and Automobile Club

By | May 27, 2013


In 1912, the newly organized Sarasota Yacht and Automobile Club purchased a 100-foot lot with two-story boathouse on Cedar Point, which today is next to where the Watergate Condominium grounds front the southeast corner of Gulf Stream Avenue, near U.S. 41. At that time, Gulf Stream Avenue did not extend that far west and the … Read More! »

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Over 1,000 Sarasota Properties Sold in April

By | May 23, 2013

Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® sold more than 1,000 properties in April 2013, the first time sales have hit four figures in a single month since June 2005.  There have only been ten months in SAR’s 90-year history that sales have topped 1,000, and the other nine occurred in 2004 and 2005. The … Read More! »

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Marty Haines Receives RE/MAX 100% Club Award

By | May 21, 2013

Marty Haines was presented with the RE/MAX 100% Club Award at a RE/MAX Alliance Group award ceremony held recently. The 100% Club is an international award level recognizing associates who have earned between $100,000 and $249,999 in gross commissions during the preceding calendar year. In addition, Haines received a certificate for graduating from Buffini & … Read More! »

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Boating This Summer

By | May 9, 2013


If anyone has spent any amount of time here in Sarasota, they know that our gulf and bay waters are among the best in the state for fishing and pleasure boating.  This Spring, as I was putting around the bay, I decided to scope out the new  summer island hangout” where I usually find myself … Read More! »

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Smack Restaurant in Sarasota

By | May 2, 2013

  Today, at the corner of Osprey Avenue and Main Street, the Sun Trust Bank rises above where once stood Sarasota’s favorite drive-in burger spot; the Smack Restaurant. Many a teenager cruised through there in their hot rods, businessmen had lunch there, singles met, and families came in for the great prices. Anyone for a … Read More! »

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National Historic Preservation Event

By | April 20, 2013

Keith Farmhouse

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month at the Keith Farmhouse (pictured) located in the beautiful Phillippi Estate Park. The park is located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail, and the event is being held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Although the exterior of the 1916 “Keith Farmhouse” has been historically rehabilitated, … Read More! »

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March Property Sales Highest Since August of 2005

By | April 17, 2013


Property sales in the Sarasota real estate market remained hot in March 2013 and for the first quarter of 2013. The March 2013 sales figure of 887 was the highest total since August 2005, and for the full first quarter, sales were 11.3 percent higher than in 2012. Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors … Read More! »

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A Little History About Ringling Boulevard

By | April 3, 2013

Who is Ringling Boulevard named after in Sarasota? If you thought John Ringling of Circus and Museum fame you’d be wrong. It was his brother Charles Ringling. He played a key role in the development of the downtown area. Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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Shopping was an Adventure to Early Sarasota Pioneers

By | March 25, 2013

SHA - Shopping Adventure

We take for granted today the convenience of just dropping by the local grocery store or convenience store to pick up a few things up for dinner or on the way home from work. Things were quite different for the pioneers before the turn of the century in earl Sarasota. These pioneers were living off … Read More! »

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Sarasota Foreclosures May Just Increase

By | March 12, 2013

RealtyTrac Inc. just released the top fifteen best markets to buy a foreclosure this year and Sarasota placed #15! They are pointing to a new study that predicts a growing supply of deeply-discounted bank repossessions. This study adds weight that it is expected that another wave of defaults will hit the housing market this year, … Read More! »

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