Born in Clearwater, Florida, Joe grew up on the Nature Coast in Citrus County, Florida. Joe’s family moved to the Crystal River area in 1979, when his father opened and managed the Crystal River branch of Heritage Federal.
Growing up in a family of real estate professionals, Joe developed a great appreciation for the natural beauty that the Nature Coast of Florida had to offer. While Joe would leave the area for college (University of Florida) and law school (University of Houston), Joe always held a deep connection to West Central Florida, as a multi-generational Floridian.
After practicing law in Mount Dora, Florida for over a decade, Joe returned to the West Coast in 2014, when he joined with friends to form the Tampa law firm of Lieser Skaff Alexander, PLLC. Even while practicing law for 13 years, Joe never left the field of real estate, and in 2016, Joe made the decision to open Area Real Estate, LLC.
A previous multi-million dollar real estate salesperson, Joe brings over a decade of legal acumen to the practice of real estate sales and property management. Having participated on the legal side of countless transactions and title issues, Joe has the knowledge to guide his clients through even the most treacherous deals. Having been awarded prestigious legal recognition, such as AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbel, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, SuperLawyers, and a Superb “10” Rating from Avvo as a top business attorney, Joe strives to achieve the same level of success in the world of real estate.
While professionally driven, Joe maintains a driving belief in giving back to the community. Joe’s community service has included leadership positions in the Salvation Army Lake-Sumter Advisory Board, the Educational Foundation of Lake County, Inc. (former President), the ARC Sunrise of Central Florida (former Vice Chair) and Cornerstone Hospice Operations Board of Directors. Currently Joe serves as the President-Elect of the Tampa Film Institute, Inc. (dba Gasparilla International Film Festival). In addition, Joe is currently a member of the Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate and Trust Law Division and the Landlord/Tenant Committee of the Florida Bar. In the past, Joe served as a Committee Member for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee and was the President of the Lake County Bar Association.
Joe is married to Carrie and they have a spirited four legged son/dog, Teddy. When not at the office, Joe enjoys thinking about real estate and better ways to market your property.