Realtor Q&A – Joe Wills

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Name: Joe Wills


Married to Stacy, the love of my life, since 1982. Then along came Patrick, Timothy, David and Erica, and most recently, grandson Henry David Wills. My folks live here too.

Years in the Golden Isles:

25 years. In the fall of 1995, I moved to Sea Island Co. from Augusta National.


Augusta College, F.I.U. Miami and State College of Florida


Realtor since 2001, with a background in private clubs and hotel and restaurant managment.

Who or what inspired you to become a Realtor?

Real estate sales was a logical evolution from 30 years of serving members and guests to serving buyers and sellers of property. I have been blessed to learn from so many great Realtors, but I guess Dewey Benefield and Roy Hodnett more than most, but then Ped Drawdy, Pat Cooper and Missy Neu too.

Give us your elevator pitch for someone looking to move to the Golden Isles:

A friendly coastal community with natural beauty, history and salt air breezes. The best of golf, fishing and beaches too. The Golden Isles have All-American values with a deep Southern accent.

What advice would you give other Realtors that are just starting their career in the Golden Isles?

Stay committed. Work hard every day. Gain knowledge. Have fun!

What is your favorite discovery about the area?

The World War II Home Front Museum at the Coast Guard Station on St. Simons is very well done.

Tell us about your favorite things to do in your free time: Sunrise dog walks on the beach, golf – playing and watching –cycling, fishing, cooking and spending time with family.

Describe a perfect Saturday for you in the Golden Isles: Early morning tee-time or sunrise cycling to the beach. Showing property to buyers with an afternoon of football or golf on TV then firing up the grill. Also babysitting my grandson if I get lucky.

What is your favorite part about being a local?

Well, with just 25 years here I’m still technically a newbie but we’ve lived here longer than we have

anywhere else. Coastal culture, the seasons and the people they bring to our island home. Great commitment to the community, but too many to name here.

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