"I was a 1st time home buyer, so looking to buy a house was a very daunting task. I actually went through two other realtors before I came across Rick Fifer and Florida Executive Realty. Rick was very informative and knew the areas that I was looking in very well, so he was quick to point out whether or not a home was priced properly for the location and condition of the house. He was also unafraid of telling me what he honestly thought about a house and the pricing of it when looking at properties, no matter how much I liked it, which was very refreshing and showed to me at least that he wasn't just trying to get me into any house. He was honestly looking to get me in a house I wanted. The home that I did end up purchasing was exactly what I was looking for and I couldn't be happier. Even at closing Rick was able to walk me through what everything was and made me feel more comfortable about the purchase and signing the papers. I also work with one of his associates Steven Myers, who was also very helpful and responsive any time I had a question throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend Rick and his team to anyone looking to purchase a home in the Tampa Bay area."
"Rick was very professional and responsive throughout the home-buying process. His team was friendly, helpful, and thorough in helping me purchase my first home. Rick is present in the community and knows the neighborhoods and people he serves very well. I would absolutely recommend him and his team to anyone looking for a seasoned realtor."
"Working with Rick was a wonderful experience. We were looking for someone that had the inside story of the neighborhood - Rick knows the area and he knows and is friends with many of the people in the neighborhoods. I was impressed that he could name people on the streets, what the neighborhoods did as a community and he told it to us, good news and bad. I really appreciated that he was honest on every point. As we were interested in a historic home, I was really impressed that he knew the styles, could point out was authentic and what upgrades were done well and which were either done outside of the home's character or done with poor craftsmanship. The home that we selected would need renovations and Rick was right there with us as were brought in contractors and his feedback was really wonderful. You cannot go wrong with Rick - he will take good care of you, honestly and ethically. We will hire Rick again when we decide to sell our home. Absolutely recommend his services."
Brent & Becky E.
"Rick is very knowledgeable, responsive and made the whole process of buying a house easy. He listened to what I was looking for and worked to find appropriate properties to look at. He gave several solid recommendations for businesses to use for all facets of the buying process. I would recommend him to anyone buying or selling a home."
“I have had the privilege of buying and selling several properties with Rick over the last few years. Each transaction has been dealt with in a professional manner that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Rick's knowledge of the local real estate market and his unique pricing strategy is superior to any other method, and is usually spot on.
I have had Rick bring a buyer to the house I had for sale, and he then had it under contract within three days of being listed on the MLS.
You will not find many realtors who take the time to give advice, to make special trips to check up on things, answer phone calls on off-hours, or holidays, or describe the importance of why or how things work but he does!
Rick has helped answer many of my questions, and his vast knowledge of Seminole Heights bungalows has helped me understand the historical value of the community. ...thank you for your hard work and service.
"We wanted to take this opportunity to say “thank you” for a job well done. We have been in the local real estate business area for more than 45 years with experience in many of the venues and specialties that exist. So, it goes without saying that we have been involved with many, many Realtors over the years thus allowing to say with authority: “You are definitely in the top 2% of all the Realtors we have ever had the pleasure of working with on our real estate transactions”.
You were always upfront, honest and to the point in assisting us with the pricing of our property on Clifton Street, in suggestions to improve the property for the best opportunity in obtaining a buyer, and in the professional manner in which you handled the negotiations of the sales contract. That is so refreshing to see in someone today!
We would certainly recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell a property knowing they would receive one of the highest caliber Realtors around our area. Again, we thank you for all your efforts to bring this sale to a successful close in a relatively short time."
Bob & Barbara Jones (sellers of 1415 E. Clifton)
"Rick is the best when it comes to helping clients find the right house for them... He listens, discusses, and lets the house hunters take the lead when it comes to their wish list and what type of property will work for them. Being new to Tampa we trusted Rick right away. We knew he would help us find the house that would work for our family, our lifestyle, and our budget. We would recommend Rick Fifer to anyone needing a qualified and committed REALTOR in Tampa. He definitely helped us to close the deal on our South Tampa home, our forever home."
Sean and Katherine Kelly, 4211 W. Angeles
"Very impressed with his niche marketing of bungalows. I believe my house SOLD in 3 1/2 weeks at full price because of Rick!" (sold 2-18-11 for $169,500)
Julie Hale, seller of 4205 N. Myrtle
"Rick is the type of realtor that has your best interests at heart...he is thorough, knowledgable and uses his experience and expertise to also help guide you along the way. He is immersed in the community he serves and it shows. He is one of the most honest people (not just realtor) I know. My wife and I couldn't be happier."
John Tarsi, new homeowners with a golf course view
"For being 1st time home buyers, I thought it was going to be more nerve racking than it actually was. Rick was honest, and straight forward. He showed us the good, the bad, AND the ugly. A side of house hunting I never thought about. I would recommend Rick to anyone buying or selling. He gets the job done, and is a pleasure to work with. He's helped change our lives. Thanks Rick"
Toni Graffa & Tim Briest, 1st time home buyers in north Tampa
"Our decision to sell our home during a particularly challenging real estate market made choosing the right Realtor especially important. We chose Rick after interviewing many agents. Rick was able place our home under contract in less than one month. He made himself available whenever we had a question, and he stayed on top of every development during the process. We are now enjoying living in our new home, and can whole-heartedly recommend Rick to everyone, whether they are buying or selling."
Kirk Slater and David Andrews, 809 W. Ohio Ave
"Our experience was exceptional considering the market challenges this year (2009) in Tampa. Rick provided applicable suggestions for staging & prep, ample marketing and exposure, generous support, & effective use of his knowledge & experience in the Seminole Heights Area."
Sheri & Stan Lidback, sellers of 1208 Crenshaw
"When Rick arrived at our home to discuss the potential listing, he came prepared with comps to discuss the reality of the current market, market pricing and a selling strategy. He did not just rely on the exposure that a listing in the MLS system would provide, he also had a very comprehensive internet marketing strategy tailored to my historic home and to the savvy internet buyers of today.
He promised me, during our initial meeting, that he would be prompt and attentive and do what it would take to get my home sold and I am very pleased to say that he truly lived up to his word...
When we received an inquiry of interest from a potential buyer that was not familiar with the historic aspects of the neighborhood, Rick went out of his way to explain the intricacies of the area to the buyer and her agent and the justification for the pricing of the home. Needless to say, we had an offer within the week from them!
When working with the appraiser, Rick made an effort to differentiate my home from the short sales and foreclosures that may have been used as comps. Additionally, he made an outstanding effort to make sure all the “i’s” were dotted and the “t’s” were crossed for an issue free closing.
Communication with Rick was the least of my worries in this transaction – to say that he was prompt and attentive to my phone calls and e-mails would be an understatement – a refreshing change.
The overall support, responsiveness, insights and advice I received from Rick were beyond compare. His solid knowledge of the market allowed us to position the home in the best light and get it sold within a reasonable timeframe in an unsure market. We will most certainly utilize his knowledge of the area and the market for our next home purchase."
Greg Barnhill and Chuck Kaelin
"I just want to thank you for all the help you gave us. Your knowledge of the Seminole Heights area and you first hand experience with older homes was greatly appreciated. The extra time you spent with us was above and beyond. Again, thank you for making this purchase a learning and pleasant experience."
Yours truly Terry and Bev Gentry
" ...shopping mostly by internet, with very little time in town for a decision. Rick zeroed in on issues important and put us in just the right place and space for our needs--just what Realtors are supposed to do but still leave people on both sides happy, which we definately are! Thanks!"
C. Hanley and L. Smith
"Sara and I want to thank you for all your hard work in helping us find our first home. Your devotional attitude and appreciation of the neighborhood were an invaluable resource."
Ken & Sara, happy homeowners and new Seminole Heights Neighbors
" ...we wanted to live in Seminole Heights, but we weren't sure which realtor to use. We chose Rick because of his expertise in this area, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions we made. Rick is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and he is an excellent listener as well! After just a few conversations with Rick about our preferences and needs, he found us a number of houses that met all of our criteria. We ended up in a great house that's in a perfect location for us. Rick helped us immensely throughout the entire process, and even though we closed over a year ago, we still go to him for advice about home improvement and recommendations for skilled laborers. He is always ready to offer his expertise, and we consider him an invaluable resource."
Jennifer Bosson and Dave Davisson in Seminole Heights
"Thanks Rick for showing us all the properties and we were really glad the first seller didn't respond on time, it gave us time to find the perfect home with your help. Also my wife was really glad you knew so much about all the different plants in the courtyard. And thanks for being so professional...I would not of had the patience you did. "
Randy and Penny Dean, new homeowners in Carrollwood Village
"...thank you for helping me through this home buying process. I really do love the house and couldn't have made the move without your compassionate help and guidance."
Jamie Pilarczyk, first time home buyer
"Rick was an absolute joy to work with. As a first time home buyer this was an exiting yet unnerving experience for me, so having a reliable and knowledgeable agent was key.
It was clear to me that he has strong ties to the Seminole Heights community and genuinely cares for the neighborhood and its residents. Most importantly, I think Rick listened to all of the specifics I was looking for in a home, and found the perfect match for me. I couldn't be happier, or more satisfied. I feel completely confident recommending his services to anyone interested in buying or selling a home."
Courtney Ellison, Hampton Terrace resident.
"We wanted to express to you are gratitude for helping us sell our property. We sincerely feel that we could not have done it without you. You went far above what would be considered standard realtor effort to make sure everthing was perfect. Your knowledge of the marketplace, your eye for detail and your integrity are certainly a winning combination.
Over the last couple of years we have had many experiences across the country in real estate and by far dealing with you has been the best experience that we could ask for. We can highly recommend to anyone that when they hire you... they are hiring the best! Please have any of your potential clients call us if they need a referral."
Tom & Andrea DeFrancisco, Lake Wylie, SC
" Like any good Realtor, Rick found me a home that I truly love at a good price. But what was extraordinary was how much I learned in the process and how enjoyable it was getting to know him and Seminole Heights. Rick is an expert on renovating and landscaping Florida bungalows. As a first-time home buyer from up North, I came to trust his expertise. The whole experience was comfortable, educational and ultimately rewarding"
Dr. David K. Johnson, professor USF
"We had worked with two other realtors who could not find what we were looking for. Our participation in the city's first-time homebuyer program presented several challenges, but Rick met them all. My dad even told me "I never saw a real estate agent work so hard for his client."
We were so pleased with his abilities that we have recommended him twice, once to a friend who he helped into her own first house, and later to my sister when she wanted to sell. They were both as happy as we were with the experience, and we would recommend Rick to anyone."
T.J. Weekes and Chris Schad, first time buyers
"I wanted to thank you for all of the wonderful service you provided me over the last year in my house hunt, and my recent purchase of a home. It took me over a year to purchase a home and I greatly appreciate you're patience, and consistently providing me with prompt and courteous service that whole time. I think most other Realtors would have become fed up with me after showing me house after house and I either wasn't interested in making an offer, or by the time I made up mind and decided I wanted to make an offer, the property was already under contract. In spite of all my hemming and hawing you stuck with me and remained positive and supportive and encouraged me to do what I felt was right, and didn't put any pressure on me to buy something I wasn't sure about.
Thanks again for all of your patience, advise, and good service on the purchase of my wonderful home. I've already been recommending you to all of the people I know who are interested in either buying or selling a home."
Cole Talty, CPA south Tampa.
"You made selling our house a calm and even fun experience.
Your knowledge, support, and customer service led to a quick and
profitable sale. While we are both happy with 'quick and profitable,'
it is your guidance and honesty we'll remember forever!"
Marky Spies and Ed Van de Wall
When we were looking to sell our bungalow in Seminole Heights we wanted someone who had experience with both the neighborhood and with old homes. We met with Rick in our home prior to using his services. He was extremely knowledgeable and we felt comfortable right from the start. Although his experience was mainly in Seminole Heights, we used him for looking to purchase a new home up in the Wesley Chapel area as well. Rick was flexible with our schedules, always available via text or phone, and was willing to visit homes at any time with us. He helped us sell our bungalow quickly, and for an amazing price...and also got us in to our new dream home. We learned a lot from him along the way as well. We would use his services again and/or recommend him to anyone!
I have worked with Mr. Rick Fifer several years ago when my family was purchasing a house. I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Fifer again. He was awesome from start to finish. He assisted with staging the home and valuing it at a higher price than another realtor expressed it would sell for. He communicated well, and provided support and reinforcement that assisted me with seeing the big picture. Once selling my house; Rick Fifer listened and assisted me with finding a house of my dreams. I sold and purchased a house on the same day. Thank you Mr. Rick Fifer for your assistance; I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a realtor with great communication skills, a knowledge of the real estate business, and someone who will assist you with achieving your goal of purchasing and/or selling a home. Good luck and happy housing hunting and/or selling. I would give Rick 10 stars out of 10, for doing an excellent job!
We worked with Rick and his team twice - when buying and then when selling our first house. Rick knows the area really well, has worked with pretty much everyone, and has a lot of experience. He has strong intuitions, and is very aware of new houses and developments.
He was patient, determined and cheerful. He worked hard to find the right house and then the right buyers for us, and despite some problems, we ended up being very happy with the results of both transactions. Thank you, Rick!
Rick is an expert on vintage homes, their structure, issues and what to look for in an older home. He guidance on FHA processes and inspections was top notch. Rick is very responsive to communication and is efficient in what he does. He was able to help me, as a first time home buyer, to look at houses thoughtfully and to make sure I wasn't overwhelmed with more than I could handle. High level of professionalism and his teammate, Millie is a great assistant. I would definitely recommend him. Thanks Rick!!
Rick both sold me the house when I moved in, and I trusted him to sell it when I moved out! He is very knowledgeable about the area (Seminole Heights), has lots of community contacts, and is direct with you. He knows what needs to get done to get it sold and tells it like it is. The very weekend my house was put on the market I got an offer days later, and for asking price. The whole process went as smoothly as could have been hoped for and I know Rick was a big reason behind that. Wishing him all the best @ Vintage Realty!
Rick encouraged me to list my house for more than I thought it would sell for - and I'm so glad I listened to him! Three offers in two days and I sold for asking price. He is very knowledgeable about the area and made me feel comfortable throughout the process. Thank you so much, Rick!
My husband and I have worked with Rick Fifer several times over the past decade as buyers, sellers and also on a rental property we own in Seminole Heights. He will always be our very first phone call with any real estate questions, concerns or plans. His honesty and attention to detail make him an incredibly safe person to work with on such large purchases. The team at Vintage Homes Realty were all responsive and lovely to work with. While Rick may specialize in the Seminole Heights neighborhood, he is fully knowledgeable about the entire Tampa Bay area. (We have worked with him in Seminole Heights, Forest Hills and also Land O'Lakes.) We will absolutely recommend Rick in the future.
We met Brian Frey through Rick Fifer, the realtor we've trusted for a decade. That recommendation held and holds a lot of weight for us. Brian was extremely invested in making sure our needs and wants were met. He patiently encouraged us not to settle for less and pushed me to find what we really wanted. I found him to be an EXCEPTIONAL negotiator and truly engaged in our best interests. Aside from that, he was really just a nice guy who I enjoyed getting to know through the home buying process. He was patient when I had to bring cranky kids along to inspection, and calmly talked me down through the more trying moments in our real estate adventure. I would definitely recommend Brian Frey in the future.
I knew Brian for a short time before working with him as my agent. I must say, since we came together to find my property, we have developed a friendship. Brian is passionate about assisting people down this sometimes frustrating process! He will guide you and offer up his professional opinion, but he will also support your wishes. He's knowledgeable and a great force when he needs to be.
When he has a crazy person (like myself) as a client, he will respect and support you, even when you realize (at 2am) that you've made a bad decision!!
Brian will be fair and professional, and he will do whatever he can to take you to Sale or Purchase.
Rick is a very knowledgeable and very well connected in the Seminole Heights community. He knows how to sell your vintage bungalow very quickly--mine sold in less than two weeks with two offers. His website for Seminole Heights and surrounding neighborhoods is the best in Tampa and brings in lots of traffic of buyers looking to purchase a vintage home.