Slifer, Smith & Frampton now open
November 26, 2010
Six months ago, after development work slowed down in Park City, three real estate experts made a decision to switch gears and open a new brokerage.
John Calhoun, Jim Hill and Diane Rinehart partnered with Rod Slifer, Mark Smith and Harry Frampton to create a Utah version of the latter three’s famed brokerage Slifer, Smith & Frampton.
Harry Frampton, one of the founding partners of Slifer, Smith & Frampton in Colorado, was also a founding partner of East West Partners developers of The Village at Empire Pass.
One way of explaining what has happened is that the marketing expertise of East West Partners is now available to other developers in town as well as regular homeowners looking to sell a property, Hill said.
While Calhoun, president and principal broker, along with partners Hill and Rinehart have all lived in Park City for seven years or more, Slifer, Smith and Frampton are best known in the Vail area where Slifer was the first agent, Rinehart explained.
The three locals decided to create something with the elder three rather than join an existing brokerage because they wanted to join the brand of Slifer, Smith and Frampton that is well known by high-end buyers in every major Western ski town, she said.
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The six now offer more than 200 years of combined experience to Park City homeowners and developers, Hill said.
Slifer, Smith & Frampton will be a boutique firm in Park City, they said. The partners aren’t looking to hire dozens of agents. They want to be a source of expert marketing and information about the local market, Rinehart said.
Developers see a market in a unique way and have a clientele different from Realtors, Hill said. The new brokerage has something unique to offer the community, he said.
"We’re bullish about Park City," Rinehart said. "It’s a time to be optimistic and brave."
The grand opening is Nov. 30 and the partners are excited to share their real estate gallery on the ground floor of their offices on the corner of Heber Ave. and Main Street.
The gallery features gigantic satellite maps of the area with a one-of-a-kind centerpiece.
The partners have commissioned a nine-by-nine-foot scale model of Park City with a small block representing every building in town from just south of the McPolin Barn to the top of Deer Crest.
"The gallery lets people know and get their minds around Park City," Calhoun said.
"We’ll be like a real estate super store trying to show everything," Hill added.
Instead of driving a client around Summit County for hours, a visitor can grasp the area in a few minutes, Rinehart said.
This is so important because of the incredible diversity in the local market within such a small geographic area. The model portrays how small Park City is; yet like San Francisco, values differ drastically within a couple of blocks, she added.
The location on Main Street is also valuable because 80 percent of new clients are still people who come here, love it and get curious about how to own a piece of it, Calhoun said.
No matter where people stay or where they ski or snowboard, all destination guests eventually make it to Main Street. It’s the perfect place to answer questions about the local market, he said.
Slither, Smith and Frampton are icons in the ski town real estate industry and the brokerage has never changed hands since its inception, Rinehart said. keeping the Park City location boutique-size, the new firm will offer exceptional service, experience and knowledge, she said.
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