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 Market is Heating Up

By | February 25, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of June which shows that new listings were up substantially sending the total inventory to a 32-month high level, up 10.6 percent from December 2013 and yet another sign of a market in a strong recovery period. To read the entire press … Read More! »

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24th Annual Historic Homes Tour

By | February 20, 2014

24th Annual Historic Homes Tour

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is proud to present the 24th Annual Historic Homes Tour on Sunday, March 2nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the historic Laurel Park neighborhood. The public is invited to celebrate Sarasota’s rich architectural heritage by touring 10 significant yet diverse structures. Tour-goers will learn about the unique … Read More! »

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By | February 4, 2014

Anna Maria makes the Forbes’ top 15 list of “Prettiest Towns in America” for 2014. Read the quote from Forbes Magazine: Just south of Tampa, Anna Maria is a Gulf Coast beach town that has managed to avoid the sort of overdevelopment that plagues similar areas nearby – so it retains a certain small-town coastal … Read More! »

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Sarasota Bath Houses and Beach Pavilions

By | January 25, 2014


In Sarasota there has always been a need for beachfront facilities to accommodate sunbathing and recreation. Sarasota’s first bathhouse was built by C.I. Archibald on Crescent Beach. Its dressing rooms were a great improvement over the bushes for changing into one’s bathing attire. The first public bathhouse in Sarasota was built in Venice in 1925 … Read More! »

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2013 Real Estate Sales Up Double Over Last Year

By | January 22, 2014

Sarasota County median sale prices for single family homes and condos in December 2013 were up double figures over last December as the real estate market ended the year on another high note. Single family home prices were at $189,950 in December, compared to $165,000 last year at this time for a 15.1 percent increase. … Read More! »

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Sarasota Home Prices Continue to Rise

By | December 20, 2013


The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales numbers for the month of November. They report that median sale prices for single family homes sold in Sarasota County in November 2013 were up 20.6 percent over last November, a clear sign that recent price appreciation in the single family home market is continuing unabated. … Read More! »

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Sarasota History of Turpentine and Pine Woods

By | December 12, 2013


Little remains of an industry that once spread throughout much of the pine woods of Sarasota County. The harvesting of gum from trees for the purpose of distilling it into turpentine had moved into Florida as the forests of Georgia became exhausted. In the first two decades of the last century, R.S. Hall and George … Read More! »

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Pretty As A Picture

By | November 18, 2013

Sarasota Jungle Gardens B&W

Now, how can you go wrong with Sarasota Jungle Gardens as a spot for lush tropical beauty? This meaningful treasure was developed by David B. Lindsay, Pearson Conrad and H.R. Taylor on New Year’s Eve in 1939 and has been with us ever since. I am so glad this property is protected and will not … Read More! »

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The Founding of New College

By | November 9, 2013

During the mid-1950s, when new universities were sprouting all over the country, Sarasota County yearned for an institution of higher education that would be as unique as the community itself. Sarasota’s local promoters for a ‘new’ university were concentrated in its Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber leadership referred to Sarasota as “a college town without … Read More! »

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales in September

By | October 26, 2013


The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently reported that property sales in September 2013 in Sarasota County hit 817 (545 single family homes, 272 condos), 22.5% higher than in September 2012. However, the total sales figure was down 14.6% from August 2013, when 957 sales were closed, mirroring a similar late summer drop last September. To … Read More! »

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