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Since our beginnings as a single real estate boutique in Germany, Engel & Völkers has grown into one of the world’s leading service companies specializing in the sale and rental of premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and private aircraft.

Still privately owned and operated by our founder and co-CEO Christian Völkers, Engel & Völkers is represented in 32 countries through more than 8,000 advisors and employees. Our story is truly unique and reflects the vision and mission of a singular leader, from a focus on unparalleled service to a passion for polo.

Scroll through the timeline to see how we became the brand we are today.

May 3, 1977

First Location Opens in Hamburg

Founded as Engel & Cie, a real estate boutique setting a new standard of service. Name changed to Engel & Völkers in 1987.
March 1, 1988

Commercial Division Launched

After opening in Hamburg the division quickly grew, handling everything from office and retail space to hotels and developments.
June 1, 1988

First issue of “GG” Magazine

Originally titled Grund Genug, the magazine has always had an international flair. Today's GG (Global Guide) is published in six languages.
September 1, 1990

First Residential Shop Outside of Germany

After opening an office in Palma, Mallorca, Engel & Völkers became a market leader, with 17 offices on the island today.
March 1, 1996

Engel & Völkers Real Estate Academy Founded

The Academy offers training in five languages for sales advisors and staff in the residential, commercial and yachting divisions.
May 1, 2007

Yachting Division Launched

Now a fixture at the Monaco Yacht Show, this growing division was launched to facilitate yacht charter, purchase or sale.
June 1, 2007

Private Office Founded in London

Private Office members service the international client referrals that require the highest level of service, expertise and discretion.
May 1, 2008

Founding of Engel & Völkers Charity

Supporting education relief projects in Africa, the charity has so far opened primary school buildings accommodating 120 students in Togo.
September 1, 2008

Commercial Division Expands Abroad

The first offices outside of Germany open in Prague, Lisbon and Doha. Today there are 64 commercial offices worldwide.
May 1, 2012

Castle and Manor House Division Launched

Founder Christoph von Schenck provides expertise for investors in historic estates that may include fisheries, forestry and agriculture.
May 1, 2013

First Market Center Opens in Barcelona

These are core operations that serve major metropolitan hubs. Other Market Centers currently open include Rome, Hong Kong and of course, NYC
November 7, 2013

Engel & Völkers + Land Rover Polo School Opens

Operating In three locations, the schools are set up to refine the skills of experienced players and to welcome beginners to the game.
February 4, 2015

Engel & Völkers Opens First Office in Canada

After launching in Canada in 2015, E&V quickly opened offices from Québec to Vancouver.
September 14, 2014

Sven Odia joins Christian Völkers in Leadership Role

After leading Engel & Völkers through years of dramatic growth, Christian Völkers now shares the post of CEO with Sven Odia.
March 10, 2015

E&V announces sponsorship of Special Olympics Play Unified Campaign

E&V North America was the first cause marketing partner for the campaign that strives to build inclusive communities through sports.
May 14, 2014

Engel & Völkers NYC Opens

Just two years after opening, our office ranked fourth among midsized NYC brokerages, surpassing many decades-old firms.
November 1, 2015

Aviation Division Launched

Based in Luxembourg and offering 24-7 service, the division handles private jet charter and all levels of aircraft purchase and sales.
March 1, 2018

Richard Meier Designed Global Headquarters to Open

In Q1 2018, Engel & Völkers will move in to its new world headquarters set in landmark building in HafenCity, Hamburg.