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 Real Estate Statistics for August 2014

By | October 2, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently released the sales statistics for the month of August 2014 which show sales remaining strong during the month. Homes and condos continued to sell at a brisk pace in Sarasota County in August, once again nearly reaching the 1,000 level with 975 closed transactions. The eight-month total from the … Read More! »

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales Stastics

By | August 21, 2014

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The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of July which show property sales in Sarasota County almost reached the 1,000 level for the fifth straight month in July 2014, falling just short at 928 closed transactions. In the county’s history, only once has such a five-month hot streak been … Read More! »

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Opening Act at the Lido Casino in 1940

By | July 31, 2014

On Garfield Drive, not too far from the famous Lido Casino, a comfortable but unpretentious house was noted for its unique fence. Carved in wood across the length were the first five bars of home owner’s theme song, “Thrill!” Inside, one of the rooms was filled with photographs and mementos of a life in the … Read More! »

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Hot Streak Continues for the Sarasota Real Estate Market

By | July 22, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just reported that for the fourth straight month, property sales in Sarasota County topped 1,000 in June 2014, continuing a hot streak and signaling burgeoning strength in the local real estate market. Closed sales in June this year totaled 1,048, an improvement of 5.1 percent from the June 2013 figure … Read More! »

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Sarasota History Alive – Webb Clearing Plow

By | July 1, 2014


In January 1917, Henry C. Webb applied for a patent on a specialized plow. The African American resident of Bradenton had devised a machine for cutting the palmetto roots that were a major impediment to road construction in this part of Florida. As described in the March 15, 1917 edition of the Sarasota Times, the … Read More! »

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Summer Beach Runs on Siesta Key

By | June 29, 2014

On Tuesday evenings throughout the summer the Manasota Track Club sponsors summer beach runs at Siesta Key Beach. The kids’ race starts at 6:30pm followed by the adult race at 7:00pm. This is a great way to get out and enjoy the beach and summer fun. You don’t even have to run…I’ve seen many walkers … Read More! »

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales Strong in May

By | June 25, 2014


The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of May which show the early summer started as hot as the spring in Sarasota County for property sales, with exactly 1,100 closed sales reported in May 2014 – 747 single family homes and 353 condominiums. The figure was slightly lower than … Read More! »

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Floridaland was Actually 10 Theme Parks

By | June 22, 2014


What tourist attraction in Sarasota County promised you “Everything under the sun?” It was called Floridaland. Floridaland West, Inc. announced on April 3, 1964, that an extensive tourist attraction center was going to be built on 50 acres just south of Blackburn Point Road, between U.S. 41 and Sarasota Bay. The promoters of the park … Read More! »

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Burrow’s Legacy Included Oscar Scherer State Park

By | May 23, 2014

Walter Burrows

In 1931, Waters and Elsa Burrows left New York City with their family and built a Colonial-style red brick home in Osprey, just a short distance south of the spot on Little Sarasota Bay where Bertha Palmer had established her winter home two decades earlier. Porches across the back of both floors of the spacious … Read More! »

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April was a busy month for real estate transactions in Sarasota

By | May 20, 2014

House Upward Graph

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of April which report that Sarasota County saw the second highest level of sales in its history in April 2014 – a total of 1,195 closed transactions recorded in the My Florida Regional MLS system. That figure was topped only by the … Read More! »

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