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Dec 22, 2020 // Heather Bailey
Slifer Smith & Frampton becomes founding member and partial owner of Forbes Global Properties

Completely unique to the real estate industry, this elite network is backed by the world’s most famous business media brand.


AVON, Colo. (December 19, 2020) – Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (SSF) – the firm serving Colorado’s most prestigious mountain resort communities for nearly six decades – has become a founding member and partial owner in Forbes Global Properties (FGP) a new consumer marketplace that connects buyers directly to the world’s finest homes, as well as the brokers that represent them. SSF is one of the first real estate firms in the world selected for this exclusive membership – which is an invitation-only consortium that will be capped at 100 firms – and the only in Colorado.


Top leadership and founding members of SSF – Rod Slifer, Mark Smith, Harry Frampton and John Pfeiffer – have been involved with the creation of this elite international network over the last year, developing a new real estate model that maintains local control while offering true global reach to real estate buyers and sellers. The partnership will further boost SSF’s already expansive national and international reach with the ability to capitalize on Forbes’ audience of more than 140 million monthly global visitors. FGP will share SSF’s luxury listings with an influential worldwide audience, informing high-net worth homebuyers and sellers about the finest properties in the Colorado mountains, along the Front Range and around the world.


Having an exceptional time-honored global media brand like Forbes as a partner gives all SSF brokers the opportunity to take their brand and their business to an entirely new level. The partnership also gives SSF access to a world-class referral network, a dynamic digital platform for member relations, a dedicated page on, state-of-the-art agent tools and direct access to buyer inquiry, dialogue and relationships.


“Unlike the other premier networks, FGP is a decentralized model. All of the member firms —including ours – emphatically will remain locally owned and operated, and our brokers won’t surrender any of their autonomy,” says John Pfeiffer, president and employing broker of SSF. “This partnership will give us incredible global reach, but it will let us keep our independence.


More importantly, it will help us better serve the places we call home, as those communities are and will always be our top priority.”


“Our long history in the world’s most desirable mountain locations, and our continued record-breaking growth are two big reasons Forbes Global Properties wanted us to have a seat at the table,” adds Rod Slifer, a founding partner of SSF. “This partnership is a way to connect the increasingly global buyers of luxury homes with the world’s foremost real estate experts. Together, we are creating the next evolution of real estate marketing and sales, delivering an incredibly unique value proposition for brokers, buyers and sellers alike.”


As Forbes’ exclusive worldwide real estate partner, FGP extends branding and marketing services to SSF and its other members and is uniquely positioned in the luxury real estate industry:

• FGP directly connects agents to buyers of the world’s finest homes. The network provides a forum for member agents to collaborate and transact, without the imposition of referral fees.

• Membership in the network is reserved for only the 100 most elite brokerage firms in select cities and second-home destinations across the globe. Members have exclusivity in their local markets.

• Leveraging the worldwide reach and engaged audience of Forbes, homes are presented to potential buyers across Forbes and FGP print, digital, and social media channels with expert commentary, timely market data, and top-tier editorial. Members benefit from a suite of tools and resources backed by actionable analytics, editorial and social media content, a dedicated page on, as well as exclusive advertising opportunities and access to Forbes’ premier touchpoints.


Founding member brokerages are established leaders in their local luxury property markets and have offices in more than 75 locations across the U.S., Asia and Europe.


FGP was co-founded by Jeff Hyland and Bonnie Stone Sellers. Hyland is co-founder and president of Hilton & Hyland and has personally handled several billion dollars in real estate sales. Sellers is an accomplished real estate industry veteran who is a leading authority on global real estate markets and the luxury consumer. Hyland and Sellers are joined by FGP CEO Alex Lange — an accomplished industry veteran who most recently served as the CEO of UpstreamRE — and an esteemed Board of Directors, including SSF’s Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer has been a steady, respected leader of SSF for decades, overseeing
unparalleled growth and careers of many brokers.


“Our saying at SSF is, ‘We’re just getting started.’ That has never been truer than it is today. This new venture represents the next chapter, and perfect next step in our evolution,” says Frampton.



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