Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, a boutique brokerage specializing in vacation homes throughout Colorado’s mountain resort towns, is now branching out into the Denver market with a new office.

The brokerage, which currently has over 250 agents and 100 support staff serving the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone communities, has previously managed sales in the city through its parent company, East West Partners. The latest move, which includes a downtown office and plans to hire at least 10 new brokers this year, is an effort to expand its presence in the city.

A model of the Denver skyline seen in the new Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate Office. Britt Chester | Inman.

“We still want to be a boutique team in Denver as part of the larger brokerage in the state,” Brad Arnold, who has been tapped to be the executive vice president and manager broker of Slifer Smith & Frampton in Denver, told Inman. “But for those who are on team now or those who are looking to join, this will become what I call the mouth of a very large funnel. There is a definite connection to all visitors and homeowners in the mountains that either own in Denver or are traveling through Denver and look at that as a collective offering.”

Founded in 1962 by Rod Slifer, Slifer Smith & Frampton later merged with Harry Frampton’s and Mark Smith’s Frampton Smith Real Estate in 1994. The brokerage, which reported bringing in $3.6 billion in sales volume in 2020, hopes that the expansion to Denver will help grow a dedicated base of customers looking to buy primary residences in the city of nearly 3 million people — in opposition to towns like Vail and Breckenridge, which are driven mainly by second homebuyers.

“Some of our clientele are second homeowners who live in the mountains and come down to the city, and some are investors, but the vast majority are primary homebuyers,” Arnold said. “[…] Our agents know what the primary residence market looks like versus compared to brokers who have been working in Vail for 15 years and understand that it’s primarily a second-home-driven market.”

The new Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate Office in Denver. Photo: Britt Chester | Inman.

Further plans include expanding the team by another 30 to 40 brokers and growing the agent teams in nearby Cherry Creek, Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village and Boulder over the coming years.

“Over the last 60 years, we have grown organically across Colorado, starting with a small project or resort development and eventually becoming a pillar of the larger community and real estate market in that area,” Harry Frampton, managing partner of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate said in a press release. “After the success of The Coloradan and its $242 million in sales volume, we recognized there is an opportunity to grow and really establish SSF as a leading boutique brokerage in the Denver market.”

Email Veronika Bondarenko

Show Comments Hide Comments
Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription