Past Testimonials

Missy and Joe were lovely and easy to work with despite the fact that we took the house off the market the first time for our own reasons, had seven sellers, were not local, and only met in person one time in the middle of the process. They recommended and facilitated appropriate upgrades of painting and carpeting, facilitated cleaning and took photos for us of some personal items that we needed to decide upon. They represented us well in the negotiation process. I highly recommend Missy and Joe for knowing their business, inspiring trust, and for going the extra mile for their clients.

Carol N


I really loved working with Missy! She was referred to me by a former client. As a first-time homeowner, she totally guided me through the entire process. It was enjoyable working with her going through homes! She explained everything in detail when I asked she answered any questions. She has assisted me in my move and settling into my home with her many relationships with movers and painters...:) I will definitely refer her to any one I know of searching for property!

Shawn S


Missy is great. We met her over the phone four years ago. We told her it would be a long process. She was patient with us and has become a good friend! We love her and are happy to recommend to others.

Robert & Susan B


Missy Cleary was referred to me by a friend who found the experience working with Missy extraordinarily positive. My experience was the same. Missy and Joe combined professionalism and expertise with genuine kindness and helpfulness. I am from out of state and Missy guided me through the whole process from listing to readying the condo for showing to the final sale. I would recommend them both to anyone looking to buy or sell property in the area.

Stacey G


My experience with The Cleary Group was outstanding! They answered all the questions I had promptly or found the answer. I appreciated the support personnel – home inspector and attorney (Tom Tucker).

Patricia C


We love The Cleary Group. They sold us our first and second homes. Missy has always supported us and shown us respect and love as if we were family.

Josh & Angee S


This year is the second time I have dealt with Joe Cleary from the ReMax Cleary group. The first was the purchase of a condo in 2009 when Joe and his group went above and beyond to ensure that the purchase was complete down to the very last detail. It was such a pleasurable and painless real estate exchange I knew who I had to call when I was ready to sell; The Cleary Group. Joe was very realistic in the listing, no puff, no outlandish promises, no "pie in the sky" projections; just honest forthright evaluation and portrayal of the residence for sale. Great pictures, excellent marketing to a target audience yielded results in under a month. Not everyone will have this good fortune but your chances are enhanced with Joe Cleary. I would give Joe Cleary and his Remax office an unqualified recommendation as the "go to" agent. Honesty is what you will get and a more personable broker you will not find.

Bob G

Joe, I hope your buyers understand your skill in presenting an offer. The attention to detail in the terms made it easy to explain to the seller this is the best foot forward. Pleasure doing business with you.

Ray Turner, Keller Williams on the Water

My overall experience with The Cleary group was better than excellent. Missy’s patience in my search which extended over 3 years was extraordinary. She kept in contact but never pushed. Her local knowledge, recommendations and connections made my move from NJ easier than anticipated. I’m expecting many happy years in my new Sarasota home that Missy helped bring to reality!

Nancy E


Missy is fantastic!! Based on what I told her where the needs/wants of my husband and myself, she was easily able to steer us to an area we fell in love with!

Karen B


Missy and Joe are extremely knowledgeable and responsive. They showed great concern and interest in our personal situation. Their positive attitude and great know-how were beneficial throughout the process. Bravo!

Wendy & Michael K


Our experience with The Cleary Group, in particular, Missy was absolutely wonderful! Missy was very patient with us as we kept our eye on the Florida market from Pennsylvania. When we were finally ready to take the leap and move to Florida, she found us our “forever” home on the very first day of our search. THAT is because she listened and she KNEW what we wanted. She was very friendly, helpful never “pushy”, and even educated us along the way about things that are unique to Florida living and home-buying. We stumbled upon Missy by pure chance online, but we are so glad we did!

Jennifer & Matt S


Joe and Missy are extremely honest people. Their level of professionalism, promptness, thoroughness, and willingness to help in all facets of purchasing a home are bar none! They have lived in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for a long time and have raised two children in the Sarasota school systems making their knowledge of the area better than most. I HIGHLY recommend this pair of realtors, you will not be disappointed!

Lauren D


Missy Cleary was an excellent resource in helping us find our new home. She is very knowledgeable about the area and coming from out of state, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better to help with our move. We would 100% use Missy again for future real estate matters.

Brad W


Missy and Joe Cleary exceeded all my expectations. As a retired Realtor myself, I feel qualified to compliment their competence, thoroughness and professionalism. However as a widow moving to a new state and lifestyle I want to make it clear that they made my transition welcoming and fun while still helping in all possible ways. Missy took me out looking at houses for 3 years and Joe filled in when needed. She stayed in touch with me while I went through the ordeal of selling my NJ home of 41 years. She was never intrusive but just kept me in the Sarasota loop. I found the house for me within half an hour of starting the search when I actually moved to Sarasota. She and Joe guided me through the whole process, answering questions, recommending the best inspector, arborist, and other professionals to make the deal happen. I closed on my new house 33 days after arriving in Florida. You’ll be very lucky to have Missy and Joe Cleary as your Realtors!

Nancy E


Missy was awesome and went above and beyond our expectations. She voluntarily was present during the home inspection when we were out of town. Also, she and Joe went and videotaped the first property we were interested in before we even met them. We would highly recommend them!

Anne & Paul G


We called Joe (with only one day left in Sarasota) in early March; I think I called him on a Friday morning and we were leaving on Saturday. We wanted to see a condo that same day and Joe arranged his schedule in order to show us the properties. He continued to address all of our many questions along the process and was more than accommodating. Joe even told us to call him on weekends and even when he was out of town! His service in many ways was beyond expectations. We will refer anyone who we find interested in property in Sarasota to Joe! Five that man a large raise!

Bruce & Wendy B


We worked directly with Missy and she was incredibly helpful as we were purchasing our home from out of state. She was always upbeat and eager to help. Every concern, every question, every request was immediately responded to and always helpful. Missy basically had to hold our hand thru this process as we were very unfamiliar with Florida real estate. She listened to our wants and wishes and showed us very desirable homes…she got us thru the closing process and has continued to check in on us…wonderful service!! I absolutely recommend Missy without hesitation. When I am in the market to buy another home in the future, I will be calling on Missy.

Launita B


Friendly, professional, experienced, knowledgeable especially at a difficult time for our family. Joe would be our first call again for real estate needs!

Jean S


Missy was so helpful from the search, to finding us the perfect home to meet our needs, to the final closing which I was stresses to the max about but her assurance that all would work out really helped me get through it all.

Darlene Y

I felt protected by Joe and that he would take care of things…and he did!

June E


Missy was fantastic! She was friendly, helpful, organized, knowledgeable, detail oriented and generally thought of everything and did everything to get the job done. As remote buyers, we were grateful for her excellent service.

Laura & Rick B


Joe was very responsive and hard working. He went above and beyond to effect the sale.

Marilyn H


Missy and Matthew were a pleasure to work with. They are both true professionals but also feel like friends! This is the best real estate transaction I have ever had.

Cathy M


We could not have had a better experience. They made us feel more like family than a client. They really cared. We have already recommended them to friends and family.

Cat & Dave S


Missy was exceptional in every aspect of the home buying process. She went above and beyond!

Lauren & Kyle D


Missy was very helpful in getting the deal done.

James W


Missy was always available and responded in a timely manner. We always felt she represented our best interests.

Mark & Diane B


Overall we would describe our experience with The Cleary Group as Excellent. Joe did not pressure us at all. We felt he was looking out for our best interest all through the search.

Shelly G & Peggy J


Missy was outstanding! She followed up from an earlier inquiry, very impressed. Took personal time to video the condo for us to review and make a decision. She put us in touch for financing making the process easy from a distance. We would recommend her services to all!

Bill & Karen L


I am more than satisfied with The Cleary Group. Joe was a great help to me. He understood I was not in the best of health and sold my condo in record time with very little inconvenience to me.

Barbara L


Missy was very professional and helpful as we navigated through the process of purchasing our condo. She answered our questions promptly and succinctly, and gave us referrals to other professionals.

Bari E


Joe & Missy worked with me patiently for 4 years. When and if I buy or sell in the future we will use them again. Could not be happier.

Christine D


Missy went out of her way to fine tune the search, honoring our criteria. Her extra support after the sale was greatly appreciated as well. Her attention to details was a huge support!

Tom & Gail J.


Joe, Thank you for all your help in the sale of our condo as well as the glasses for our “coffee drinking pleasure” Florida style. You did a great job for us…Thanks!

Sharon & Dennis M


We were beyond satisfied and Missy was terrific. She continues to be helpful and thinks of everything. She answers emails so promptly. She goes out of her way, no—goes above and beyond. We were very lucky to have Missy as our realtor.

Roberta M.


Missy & Joe were terrific. They made the process of buying and selling of my condo easy which was especially appreciated as I live out of town.

Robert G.


I’ve never experienced a more professional, personable and service oriented Realtor in my entire life and have purchased and sold four homes over the past twenty years. I would highly recommend Missy to anyone I meet…and already have! It was a real joy and pleasure working with her.

Shelly M


My experience with The Cleary Group was fabulous. Missy and Brenda understood my needs, are very knowledgeable and professional. They go out of the their way to take care of their clients.

Kathy H


Missy is a pleasure to work with. She understood our needs and gave us good advice and was always low key. She never put any pressure on us and is a good listener. She was very professional.

Paula & Alan R


We had a wonderful experience working with The Cleary Group. It took us three years but with Missy and Brenda’s help we found our vacation home!

Tami & Jeff W


We found that The Cleary Group was professional in providing us with constant updates on available properties in Sarasota within our price range. Our journey to purchasing a home was a two year trek. Missy was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the process. The website access is excellent. The whole experience was why we chose The Cleary Group to locate our new home, by far superior to other realtors we encountered.

Bob & Kathy R


I have been working with Missy for over 8 years in anticipation of moving to Sarasota. She has always been professional and understanding. I will recommend Missy to any and everyone needing the services of a realtor. Missy is THE BEST!

Jackie M


Joe and Missy are awesome! They handled everything for us. We never had to worry about anything. They kept us informed and were always there to answer any questions. Our experience was wonderful and stress-free. Thank you!!

Steve & Anne B


Hi Missy,

Thanks so much for your note and the Barnes & Noble card. We really appreciate it; we love to read! Above all, it has been great working with you – you were always cheerful and helpful when we needed you. And you are very attentive with respect to all those pesky little details connected to a purchase of our first condo. You may be interested in knowing that our house checker found the apartment in such perfect order that he called us to verify he had gotten into the right apartment!  Bill joins me in sending best regards to you and Joe, 

Vally H

Your personality and approach are so refreshing and genuine, it is a joy to work with you. We hope you enjoy this small token of appreciation. We also hope to do business with you soon!

Fondly, Chuck & Joann Si


Hello Missy,

We had a full day of settling in and when I finally opened the card you gave me I was so surprised by your generosity. Thank you so much Missy for all of your professional work and advice in my purchase. I couldn’t be more pleased with your efforts. You truly are a very good person and I’ve enjoyed the confidence I found in working with you. Best wishes in the future,

Greg A


My service from my realtor, Missy, was excellent. She was attentive to my needs and answered my many questions. My experience was great with a happy ending!

Michelle O


Missy was extremely helpful and professional in all of our contacts. She was a highly qualified agent whether by phone or in person. All transactions were painless because of Missy. Keep doing what you do!

Susan & Ron V


Missy was very patient. This relocation took several years to accomplish and she hung in there with me and helped be to get the unit ready for move in. She checked the opposing realtor’s figures regarding square footage, condo fees and taxes.

Phyllis H


Missy helped us find our dream home and got us the best possible deal! Thanks to everyone at The Cleary Group for making our home buying experience an awesome one. Missy was very helpful in handling all of the inspections and recommending all of the best folks in town for all of our needs. We look forward to years here and will always suggest The Cleary Group to anyone in need of the best!

Tiffiney & Dave N


Thanks Missy for the contacts and the great work on Olive Ave. My first Florida purchase was such a stressfree experience—thanks to you guys! I’m on the lookout for the next property and will be in touch if I see something interesting.

Thanks again and take care,

Julie C


Missy and Joe,

Thanks so much for all of your help in making "our Florida home" happen. Our 'hand painted' house warming wine glasses make Carlo Rossi taste like a fine French Bourdeau. Thanks so much. We'll be back soon. It's home.

Bob and Jan B


We bought an apartment in Sarasota. It all came about because of that larger than life character and your associate Joseph Cleary. What a fellow he is! We liked him very much as he was so courteous to us and so efficient in his dealings with us.

Patrick and Madeleine G 


Thank you so much for all your help in selling my condo. You made it so very easy for me, and I do appreciate your kindness and understanding.

Virginia R 


Dear Mr. Cleary,

Recently, you and your group handled a sale for my mother. A number of her acquaintances were eager to divest her of her property but she felt before making any arrangements, she wanted to keep you informed. This was probably one of the wisest decisions my mother has made. Not only were you able to handle all the tedious points of helping someone dispose of belongings they no longer needed (including her car) but you all did so with such understanding and helpfulness. Any thoughts she may have had about a private sale certainly would not have brought her anywhere near the selling price you were able to get for her!

Another very positive experience was how the transaction was efficiently handled even though my mother resides outside of Florida. Our place is not for sale, but you can be sure that if we needed help selling in the future, we would go directly to The Cleary Group. In fact, if anyone is wondering about selling or buying, the Cleary Group is like dealing with family.

Thank you so much for making a stressful situation seem easy.


Lezley I 


Dear Joe:
Over the last thirty years I have bought and sold eight homes in New York and Florida, so my experiences with realtors and attorneys are many. Having said that, please know that I never write letters of thanks to individuals who merely do their job. I am writing this letter to you personally as well as your office staff to thank you for transforming my real estate dealings in Florida into a pleasure rather than the nightmarish experience it often times becomes. Indeed after both purchasing and then selling my unit in the Pelican Cove Condo Complex, (1709 Pelican Cove Rd – GL 350), I need to thank you for making the 1,200 mile abyss between my home in New York and condo in Pelican Cove merely a short telephone call to solve any of my problems or accomplish deeds needed to make the deal on both ends of ownership as seamless and easy as I have ever experienced.


Thank you and your entire staff at the Cleary Group for a job well done!
Sincerely yours,

Joseph W


My experience with The Cleary Group was excellent. Missy was a pleasure to work with. As a first time home buyer she made things easy and enjoyable. Thanks! 

Stacey K


The Cleary Group brings professionalism and human warmth to the difficult process of selecting and purchasing a home. I found it easy, comforting and beneficial to make The Cleary Group my partner.

Harvey L 


Dear Joe:
As you know, our closing date is the day after tomorrow, but I wanted to take the time, now, to express our sincere satisfaction with the efforts of The Cleary Group in the sale of our home here in Sarasota. Our past experiences with Realtors have all come with some sense of frustration, but you and your group have made the selling process as painless as I could possibly imagine. The fact that we had two signed contracts on the house in the first week only amplifies this feeling.


Your service has been outstanding- not once did any of our phone calls and/or questions go unanswered. With the added presence of Sandy, Joe Sr., and Missy, it was as if we had four agents working for us, and your office staff was most helpful as well. Your willingness to go the extra mile and to provide service well beyond what was expected has been most impressive, and I would not hesitate to enthusiastically recommend The Cleary Group to anyone interested in a positive real estate experience from the start to finish.

Our Best Wishes for Continued Success,

Shirley and John D 


Thanks so much for helping us find the perfect unit at Pelican Cove! It was such a pleasure meeting you. The whole experience felt right, from the start! We are anxious to show the unit to our family.

Chris S


We really appreciated Joe doing the walk-through after we had to leave. Great job!

Mary M


Our transaction was as stress free as it could be. The communication and feedback was consistently reassuring. Knowledge of history of Pelican Cove was a real plus.

Mike & Diane K


Although 10 days have gone by, we haven't forgotten the 12th, the closing date on the sale of our condo.

We wish for each of you to know, that we were most comfortable and satisfied with your performance from the date of Oct.1st 2003, when you called to say, 'I believe we have a buyer for your condo'. You took some photos and sent them off. On Oct. 7th you presented us with the first draft of an offer. Young Joe and Missy presented the written details and prepared the changes we asked for. They were most cordial, professional and accommodating. We were taken by their warm, genuine concern that we understood the many details of the contract and the various changes requested by both the sellers and buyers.

Thank you for the complete arrangements made and satisfactory closing. May you all enjoy success in the future.


Sterling and Marion E    


Mere words can't adequately convey our gratitude. Thanks to Joe Cleary Jr. of The Cleary Group for making an international real estate transaction between Europe and Pelican Cove as stress-free as buying the house next door. Joe showed us the units available in Pelican Cove at the time of our short visit to Sarasota. He gave us a fair picture of the pros and cons of each available unit and a history of the most recent sales on the property. He showed us an appropriate unit in the price category we had specified, as well as comparables in other price categories. He took us back for a second look, and gave us a friendly introduction to the owner of the unit. He wrote up and submitted our bid promptly, and reported progress to us as the negotiation went successfully forward. Joe recommended to us honorable people to deal with our mortgage brokerage, title and settlement attorney, and homeowners insurance agent, and gave us a good, detailed local map and even a tip for a hotel in the area.

Joe showed us the Pelican Cove property and gave us a history of the estate, and he introduced us to the staff in the administration office. He gave us reading materials to familiarize us with the rules of the condominium association.
After we had returned to Europe, Joe arranged for the home inspection, and sent us the report by email. He followed up for us on repairs to be done. He made a separate trip to the unit to check on its condition after the former owner had vacated, and he turned off the water and the hot water and adjusted the air conditioning, leaving written instructions to help us when we return to the property. He got a key to the unit and sent it to us in Germany. He sent us the phone number of the Power and Light Company, with a friendly reminder to have the account put into our name.
Most recently Joe has visited our unit to replace something the former owner had mistakenly removed, Joe observed that the air conditioning was not functioning correctly, he notified us immediately, and offered to follow up on an existing service contract, or to have the equipment serviced by a recommended contractor. His alertness and caring may have saved us damage to the unit from humidity during the months of our absence.
I am sure I have failed to state many of the thoughtful, patient and uncompensated services which Joe Cleary, Jr. has provided to us. Mere words cannot adequately convey our gratitude to him for going the extra mile, four thousand miles in this case, to be where we could not be and to do for us what we were prevented by distance from doing ourselves.
This happy new Pelican Cove home owner will recommend Joe Cleary, Jr. and The Cleary Group to any prospective buyer, no matter how complicated their circumstances may initially appear. Joe can handle an unusual situation with professionalism, thoughtfulness, patience and grace. Thank you Joe!

Barbara D and Eberhard S

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