Engel & Völkers’ was founded in 1977. We began as a specialty boutique agency providing high-end real estate services to wealthy European investors in search of assistance from experts who were highly professional and discreet. We proved our competence and passion early on and quickly earned a reputation for our unparalleled level of service, highly valued network and strong leadership in the market.

Our successes lead to greater demand for what we offered. With a brand gaining in recognition and reputation, we established a system that allowed us to expand without sacrificing our higher standards of quality.

In 1988, we launched our own lifestyle, design and architecture magazine, GG. Through this publication we define our brand and showcase the premier properties we represent. In the same year, we also established the Engel & Völkers Academy to maintain our standard of quality among the growing numbers of expert real estate advisors choosing to represent our brand.

In 1990, we opened our first international shop in Mallorca, Spain. It marked the beginning of our worldwide expansion throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and America. We now have offices in the major international real estate markets including Dubai, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, London and New York City. The morewe grew the better we defined and perfect our white glove style of service.

Not only did we invest in maintaining the same look and feel of our original, successful shops in Germany, we also developed systems, tools and technology to ensure the same level of high-end quality and expertise in our service throughout the world. We’ve successfully built an international network that originated in Europe and expanded throughout Africa and Asia and which we now have extended to North America.

Engel & Völkers entered the North America market beginning in the United States, in 2006. The Hamburg-based company decided it was important to have a U.S. based team lead the effort in expanding the footprint of the brand in new North American markets and to ensure a consistent quality in the premium level service that was experienced worldwide.

Because of his highly successful real estate experience and leadership in one of the most competitive markets in the U.S., Anthony Hitt was selected to lead this effort. To help create Engel & Völkers’ North American presence, Anthony assembled some of the best and brightest leaders the industry has seen.

With this leadership team and talented staff of experts in market development, technology, marketing, communications and brokerage services in place, Engel & Völkers has rapidly built upon its existing North American network.

Currently, there is an Engel & Völkers shop in more than 44 North American markets. Worldwide, there are more than 5,000 real estate advisors in 38 countries spanning six continents.

Though the Engel & Völkers firm has grown beyond a small boutique agency its core values of competence, exclusivity and passion for real estate and fine living remain our keys to success.


Corporate History

1977Founding of the company Engel & Cie by Dirk C. Engel. Sale of American real estate to German investors in cooperation with Previews Inc.
1981Christian Völkers becomes Managing Partner of Engel & Cie
1987Renaming of the company from Engel & Cie to Engel & Völkers GmbH
1988Founding of the Grund Genug publishing house and first publication of the architecture and lifestyle magazine "Grund Genug" (GG)
 Expansion of the Residential division begins Founding of Engel & Völkers Gewerbe Immobilien GmbH
 Founding of "Engels & Völkers Gewerbe Immobilien GmbH"
1990Opening of the first Engel & Völkers office outside of Germany in Palma/Majorca
1996Founding of the real estate academy
1998Establishment of the Licence Partner model
1999Founding of Engel & Völkers AG
2002Introduction of the master licence concept
2004Founding of the new "Projektmarketing International" division (now known as "Resorts")
2006Large-scale expansion of the Commercial business division
2007Founding of the consultancy company Engel & Völkers Advisory GmbH
 Opening of the 300th office worldwide
 Founding of the Private Office in London
 Founding of the new division Yachting
2008Foundation of Engel & Völkers Charity
 Start of the international expansion of the Commercial division: Opening of international commercial offices in Prague, Lisbon and Doha
2009Opening of the 400th office worldwide
 Founding of the Engel & Völkers Capital AG
 Engel & Völkers wins first place in the "Maklerranking" of the "immobilien manager" magazine
 Founding of the Engel & Völkers Development GmbH
2010Opening of first shops in Uruguay and Sweden
 Engel & Völkers again wins first place in the "Maklerranking" of the "immobilien manager"
2012The European Society for Real Estate Brand Observation (EUGIMB) names Engel & Völkers as Germany's most valuable property brand in the category "Property broker".
 Opening of the 500th office worldwide
 Founding of the new business segment "Castles and Manor Houses"
2013Establishment of the Market Center concept
 Opening of the first Market Center in Barcelona
 E&V Board Member Kai Enders is appointed Member of the Board of the German Franchise Association (Deutscher Franchise-Verband)
2015Engel & Völkers receives certificate as one of "Germany's Best Employers" from the current affairs magazine Focus for the second time
 Founding of the new division Aviation
2016Member of the Board Kai Enders is appointed as the new President of the German Franchising Association (Deutscher Franchise-Verband)