Our Story

Looking back on success but never resting on it.

Nearly 60 years after Vail’s first realtor, Rod Slifer, set up his brokerage on Bridge Street, Slifer Smith & Frampton continues to execute a luxury real estate vision that prioritizes service, local expertise, and careful stewardship of our mountain communities.

Headquartered in Avon, Colorado, SSF has grown to include a team of more than 250 brokers and 100 support staff across 30+ locations spanning Denverthe Vail Valley, the Roaring Fork Valley, and Summit County. Our brokers have an average of 20 years’ experience, providing clients with an unsurpassed wealth of local knowledge. In 2020, was the No. 1 real estate firm in the Vail Valley and Summit County and the No. 1 independent firm in the Roaring Fork Valley, with nearly 2,300 transactions totaling $3.6 billion in sales volume across all three regions. The Denver team was awarded the Denver Metro Association of Realtors’ 2019 top awards for production and we look forward to building on that growth and success as we head towards the future.

SSF brokers work with you on every detail — from open house to closing day — to sell your most personal asset. Our brokers are involved in the majority of transactions across three regions, which provides our clients the unique advantage of receiving the most up-to-date information on the entire market, including new listings and projects.

Slifer Smith & Frampton

Slifer Smith & Frampton History Timeline

  • 1962 — Rod Slifer, ski instructor/Realtor, starts his one-man operation out of the lobby of the Lodge at Vail, selling properties for Vail Associates.
  • 1968 — Rod Slifer opens his own brokerage, Slifer & Company, on Bridge Street. As Vail grows, so do Slifer & Company and Vail Associates Real Estate.
  • 1983 — Jim Flaum, a real estate veteran and former Navy pilot, becomes vice president and managing broker of Vail Associates Real Estate.
  • 1986 — Harry Frampton and Mark Smith form East West Partners, the major force of the development of Beaver Creek Resort.
  • 1988 — Harry Frampton and Mark Smith open Frampton Smith Real Estate, concentrating on the newly-formed Beaver Creek market.
  • 1994 — The two top dueling powers of Vail Valley real estate merge, forming Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate
  • 2000 — The Riverfront Park neighborhood breaks ground on the west side of Denver and, with it, the first Slifer Smith & Frampton office is opened in the Mile High City.
  • 2004 — Expanded into Summit County, opening two of our current offices located at 117 S. Main Street Breckenridge and in Keystone’s River Run Village.
  • 2019 — SSF grows again with the acquisition of Palladium Properties, a boutique and independent luxury property brokerage firm based in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. Palladium Properties founder, Krista Klees, joins Slifer Smith & Frampton as Executive Vice President and Managing Broker overseeing operations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
  • 2019 — Our family of companies was named Denver’s best place to work in 2019 by The Denver Post!
  • 2020 — Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate awarded development sales listing for the $600 million Snowmass Base Village, expanding its presence to the Roaring Fork Valley. SSF remains a market leader in real estate sales and technology innovation with over 40 brokers across Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and New Castle.
  • 2020 — SSF is a proud founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a luxury real estate marketing platform showcasing the world’s finest homes and the stories behind them. Forbes Global Properties leverages the audience and worldwide reach of Forbes, one of the most trusted media companies for the last 100 years, to engage, inform, and delight buyers and sellers of luxury properties.
  • Today — SSF continues to expand its footprint here in Denver, bringing together the mountains, city, and beyond in a whole new way. And, we’re just getting started.Slifer Smith & Frampton Four Region Office Map

The Denver Team

Our team of real estate professionals knows this city like the back of our hand. We started here in Denver in 1999 as the sales team for Downtown Denver’s Riverfront Park, a neighborhood developed out of the ashes of an abandoned rail yard by our sister company, East West Partners. Together, we transformed Riverfront Park from a bare swath of dirt into a thriving and sophisticated urban community of more than 2,000 homes — and sold them all.

In the years since our founding, we’ve grown into a full-service boutique real estate firm, serving neighborhoods all across the Denver metro area, from Wash Park to LoHi to Cherry Creek to Greenwood Village, we are city people. We love our urban playground just like we love our mountains, and we love putting that expertise to work for our clients and community.

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