Our History

1977 Engel & Cie. by established Dirk C. Engel.
  Sale of American real estate to German clients in cooperation with Previews Inc.
1980 Company specializes in the sale and rental of top-quality residential properties in Hamburg/Germany.
1981 Christian Völkers becomes a partner and MD of Engel & Cie.
1985 Engel & Cie. and Sotheby's International Realty work together.
1986 Dirk C. Engel dies and Christian Völkers becomes sole owner.
1987 Name changes to Engel & Völkers.
1988 Establishment of Grund Genug Verlag, a publishing house which issues the architecture and lifestyle GG magazine.
  Expansion of business into sale and rental of commercial property.
1989 Opening of first offices outside Germany in Majorca, Spain.
1990 Opening of offices in Hamburg, Berlin and Dsseldorf.
1991 Consolidation of exclusive partnership with Sotheby's International Realty in Majorca.
1995 Conversion from traditional franchise to Shop Concept. Opening of first Real Estate Shop.
1996 Transformation of all existing offices into Shop Concept.
  Foundation of Engel & Völkers Real Estate Academy.
  Further real estate shops opened in Hamburg, Berlin and Majorca.
1999 Founding of Engel & Völkers AG
2000 Opening of shops in South Africa.
2001 Opening of shops in Austria and Switzerland.
2002 Opening of shops in Italy, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom and Ireland.
2003 Commencement of cooperation with Christie's Great Estates, a subsidiary of the world's leading fine arts auction company. It includes the exclusive right of representation in Germany, Majorca, Costa del Sol and the Western regions of South Africa. End of cooperation with Sotheby's.
2004 Opening of shops in Dubai/United Arab Emirates, Luxemburg and Belgium.
  Foundation of the division International Project Marketing.
2005 Opening of shops in Hungary and the Czech Republic.
  Engel & Völkers opens Asia Head Office in Hong Kong.
2006 Opening of shops in Turkey, Cyprus and Croatia.
  Engel & Völkers obtains license to franchise in the USA.
  Opening of shops in Florida.
  Engel & Völkers open USA Head Office in New York.
2007 Opening of shops in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.
2008 Signing of franchise contracts for Russia, Greece and the Netherlands.
  Engel & Völkers opens USA West Coast Head Office opens in Beverly Hills, California.
2009 Founding of Engel & Völkers Capital
2012 Launch of MMC in Barcelona


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