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Rick Fifer

the Vintage Home Realty Team
Vintage Homes Realty
Tampa, FL 33603

Office: 813-513-4250
813-758-7444 (Rick direct)
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Vendor Resources

The following vendors or resources are people that I have used or who were highly recommended by people I respected.  It is not easy to put anyone out as a preferred vendor because we each expect different standards of service and may or may not have the same experiences from the same vendor.  That said, I would offer the following individuals and/or businesses as helpful resources.    If you do decide to choice one of the vendors listed, please let them know that the team  Vintage Homes Realty referred you to them.

Air Conditoning

Air It Cool  Office: 813-681-2477  Mobile 863-899-4986 (Yandro)

Bart DePury Air Conditioning, Inc.  813-247-2278

They have each installed systems for Rick. One at his home and one at Vintage Homes Realty office. Both came highly recommended by long time friends and neighbors.


Hound'z Of Hollywood (mobile dog grooming)

Phone: 813-236-2740


SCRUGGS Electric, call Dennis Scruggs on cell at 813-690-5135.  Dennis lives in the Seminole Heights Historic district.  He is very familiar with vintage and historic homes that need electrical updates and re-wiring.  He has done work for numerous clients.

General Contractors

Bill Fiore, 813-884-7769  Bill resides in the Seminole Heights area and has done home additions, renovations, and new construction.

Wisdom Structural, 813-253-6561.  When dealing with old homes you can have settling and sagging in floors, and rafters. Some times you leave it alone a "character" other times it is a must fix repair.  Wisdom Structural can help you decide.

 Contractors, Inc. (Scott) 813-758-4641
Class A General Contractor GC# RG0033016
I met Scott through the work he was doing for one of my customers on their bungalow prior to selling and have referred him to other customers. 

 Nixon Construction (Bob Nixon) 813-263-5632
Lic# CRC1327683
Bob does kitchen and bath remodels, cabinet installs additions, and adaptive modifications for aging in place. 


 Kevin Schmidt 813-965-0474
Kevin and his crew have painted a number of homes in the Greater Seminole Heights area (Not the bulk of his business) and has done excellent jobs. He comes highly recommended from his past customers.

Presto Painting, Ron Silverman 813-727-9909.   Can handle both interior and exterior painting jobs.  Has done work for several current and past customers.

Home Inspections

Holland Home Consultants (Bruce Holland) 813-286-7200  Bruce is qualified to complete 4 point inspections (required for most older homes to be insured). He is familiar with older homes.

Albert Cook 813-380-1355 Complete Home Inspections.  Albert finds that balance between informing buyers of problems and issues without terrifying them. He has done numerous inspections for our customers 

4D Building Solutions (Steve Linton) 813-244-1884. Steve has done inspections for several customers and is familiar with both older and new homes. 



Plant Nurseries and Landscaping

Manny's on the Bay, Manny   813-231-9681

Independent Nursery.  Stocks a variety of Florida Friendly and sub-tropical and tropical plants for your nursery and landscaping needs at prices that beat the box store garden centers.


Pondscapes 813-839-8062

Pondscapes is one of the largest resources for water gardens in the Tampa area. Water gardens are popular features in many yards. On the web at:


Notary Public

Hazel "Pat" Folks    813-238-3500

Pat is a long time resident of Seminole Heights and maintans her notary license as a service to her neighbors and the community.



Widoff Photography, Steve Widoff, 813-254-3456

Steve is a terrific photographer. He specializes in architectural photography. You can check out his services by visiting



Randy Ferlita & Son  (Randy 813-601-7680)
Randy and his son Angelo have done work for past customers.  

Luedke Plumbing. George Luedke 813-523-9534.  George is located in the Seminole heights area.  Has reasonable prices. From small jobs to re-piping.

Peninsular Plumbing   813-879-5840 5518 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa



Restaurants - Seminole Heights

Ella's Folk Art Café
5119 N Nebraska Ave
Tampa, FL 33603

Phone number (813) 234-1000

Olde Heights Bistro
4703 N Nebraska Ave
Tampa, FL 33603 

Phone number (813) 231-6800

EBISU SUSHI SHACK, 5116 N Nebraska Ave., 813-252-6393

Rooster & the Till 6500 N. Florida Avenue Tampa, Florida 33604 813-374-8940

The Refinery, 5137 N Florida Ave. 813-237-2000

Cappy’s Pizzeria 4910 Florida Ave. 813-238-1516

Taco Bus
913 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33604 

Phone number (813) 232-5889

2620 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33610

Phone number (813) 237-3838
It may not be in Seminole Heights but it is certainly a favorite with many in the "heights" area.

Trip's Diner, 6416 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604  (813) 533-1900  The Seminole Heights location is the 3rd location for this St. Pete  based mom & pop chain.  Friendly staff. breakfast anytime you want.

Xtreme Tacos, 310 E Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 570-6407  Incredibly popular with good prices.

Sulphur Springs Sandwich Shop, 9000 N Florida Ave a, Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 932-3663  Great sandwiches, friendly vibe, and local flavor.

Nicko's Diner  (closed, someone with vision bring it back) 4603 N Florida Ave  813-234-9301 A neighborhood institution. The only diner car restaurant left in Tampa.  A true piece of Americana. Elvis even ate there.



Three Coins Restaurant
 7410 N Nebraska Ave  813-239-1259

Central Tampa's only 24/7 diner.  A Seminole Heights fixture for decades.  The place to go when everything else has closed.



Termite and Pest Control

Magnum Pest Control, Nick Wingo 813-988-7366 Nick is my preferred vendor for "WDO" inspections when buying or selling a home. I have generally been impressed with his thoroughness. He does his own fumigation and can treat your home for everyday pests.

Chet's Pest Control  813-935-7554  These days he contracts out the fumigation.  Chet's also operates a vault where you can contract to have individual pieces of furniture treated, eliminating the fear that the prized antique you found might be infested.






Tree Services

TK Trees, Inc.,  Tim Kerns  813-629-9136

Tim specializes in Aesthetic Pruning & Seasonal Maintenance.  I have used him on my own properties to remove mistletoe from my Oaks and to remove diseased or problem trees.



Wellswood Midtown Animal Hospital  813-877-1979
4145 North Armenia Ave.,Tampa, FL, 33607

Dr. Saavedra has retired but Dr Orchansky has taken over the practice and remains my vet of choice for more than 17 years.  The office staff is bi-lingual. Very caring.


Avalon Animal Hospital 6603 N. Florida Ave. 813-232-6261 

Dr. Ghabbour is highly thought of by many neighborhood pet owners. My youngest pup was referred there when I adopted him from the Humane Society. 

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