Joe DeFina came to Sotheby's International Realty in 2010 as a diversely qualified real estate professional with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of the industry. He is specializes in luxury sales and rentals in the Palm Beach area. Nothing makes him happier than matching a buyer and seller for a successful transaction.
Joe knows the area exceptionally well and is extremely knowledgeable about the real estate industry and technology. He was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, where his father and mother were developing residential subdivisions. A few years later, Joe’s father moved to Palm Beach where he attended local schools. Besides being a native Floridian, Joe was brought up in a family of developers, architects, bankers and brokers.
Joe began his career managing DeFina Realty, Inc., one of the most productive and innovative real estate offices in Palm Beach. It was there that he honed his superior skills working with people and successfully marketing property. The office was always in the top five producing offices in the Town of Palm Beach and was the first real estate office in the nation to use a personal computer to access the Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service. Joe is a graduate of the Realtor Institute and holds a certification as a Microsoft Systems Engineer.
Joe is also an expert at valuing property. After DeFina Realty was acquired by a national franchise, he began working as an appraiser, eventually becoming a State Certified General Appraiser. Joe gained a great deal of experience in valuing property all over South Florida, including five years appraising for the Hillsborough County Government. While there, he was involved in appraising everything from houses to airports. Additionally, Joe is an expert on property tax appeals, having been professionally involved in thousands of them.
Joe takes full advantage of the Palm Beach lifestyle when he's not at work, enjoying tennis, boating, fishing, hunting and exploring. He is a member of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, Palm Beach Civic Association, and a board member of the Greater South County Road Association.