Engel & Völkers at a glance

Who we are?

Since opening our doors in 1977 as a specialty boutique providing exclusive, high-end real estate services in Hamburg, Germany, Engel & Völkers has become one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the sale and letting of premium residential and commercial property, yachts and private aviation. We offer both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services. Committed to exceptional service, we support our Advisors with an array of premium quality business services; marketing programs and tools; multiple platforms for mobile, social and web; as well as access to its global network of real estate professionals, property listings and market data.


We maintain a unique culture of professionalism that is shared among the 8,500 plus professionals who represent our brand around the world. Our culture is defined by our core values of Competence, Exclusivity and Passion. These values ensure that we maintain our high level of service quality worldwide and reinforce the meaning of our brand for each and every Engel & Völkers professional.

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General Information

  • founded in 1977
  • licensor since 1998
  • operational in 34 countries on four continents
  • More than 8,500 employees worldwide
  • More than 700 Shops

 Brand Revenues:

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Management Board

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Corporate History

1977    Founding of the company Engel & Cie by Dirk C. Engel. Sale of American real estate to German investors 

            in cooperation with Previews Inc.

1981    Christian Völkers becomes Managing Partner of Engel & Cie

1987    Renaming of the company from Engel & Cie to Engel & Völkers GmbH

1988    Founding 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”

1990    Opening of the first Engel & Völkers office outside of Germany in Palma/Majorca

1996    Founding of the real estate academy

1998    Establishment of the Licence Partner model

1999    Founding of Engel & Völkers AG

2002    Introduction of the master licence concept

2004    Founding of the new “Projektmarketing International” division (now known as “Resorts”)

2006    Large-scale expansion of the Commercial business division

2007    Founding 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

2008    Foundation of Engel & Völkers Charity

            Start of the international expansion of the Commercial division: Opening of international commercial offices in Prague, Lisbon and Doha

2009    Opening 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

2010    Opening of first shops in Uruguay and Sweden

            Engel & Völkers again wins first place in the “Maklerranking” of the “immobilien manager”

2012   The 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“

2013   Establishment 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)

2015   Engel & 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

2016  Member of the Board Kai Enders is appointed as the new President of the German Franchising Association 


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We link together the aspirations of discerning individuals around the world, be it in private or a business context. With total passion.

Mission statement

In everything we do, we ensure the success of our company. For us, our mission statement is a binding promise. We take a long-term view in our dealings, strengthening the Engel & Völkers brand whilst taking care to ensure that customers all around the world enjoy the same brand experience. We value and cultivate our core values of competence, exclusivity and passion. We are serious about meeting the requirements of discerning customers, and we offer a first-class service. We attract the finest employees and help further their careers. We build a global network on behalf of our customers – and fill it with life. We are leading innovators in our field.

Licence Partner Contact

KZN Dolphin Coast

306 Simbithi Office Park, 1 Sagila Lane | 4399 Simbithi Eco Estate
South Africa

KZN Dolphin Coast

306 Simbithi Office Park, 1 Sagila Lane | 4399 Simbithi Eco Estate
South Africa
+27-31- 880 0989

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