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Engel & Völkers North America has announced its entry into the Canadian real estate market with the opening of four new premium brokerages in Victoria, Calgary, Toronto and York Region in Ontario extending the global firm’s reach to 39 countries worldwide.

The European based luxury real estate firm has been expanding rapidly in North America in 2014 adding new shops in New York City, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Dallas and Beverly Hills, at the same time reaching out to top producing agents and brokerages in Canada.

“Stable markets, safe financial institutions and the strong real estate activity both internationally and domestically, are all reasons why clients will benefit from our presence in Canada,” says Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. “As with any market that we introduce our premium approach to real estate service, we find the best real estate professionals to join us. Richard Brinkley, our Senior Vice President Market Development for Engel & Völkers Canada, has been doing a great job in identifying the right markets and the partners who share our commitment to premium service and quality.”

Engel & Völkers recently granted licenses to three of Sotheby’s International Realty’s top Canadian agents, Mark Evernden, Scott Piercy and Jim LeBlanc. Evernden, the owner, along with chief operations officer, Zak Miller, and broker, Michael Hanson operate Engel & Völkers Calgary. Piercy and LeBlanc, both owners, have teamed up with Shelby Donald, a former Sotheby’s manager, to operate Engel & Völkers Victoria. Jorg Hermanns is the owner of Engel & Völkers York, which will be managed by Julie Thompson. After owning a brokerage for 24 years, both as a franchise and as an independent operator, Ron Amendola in Toronto brought his brokerage to Engel & Völkers.

“There is an incredible amount of buzz right now about Engel & Völkers especially about its international reach and premium market positioning,” says Brinkley. “We are currently developing additional markets in Canada and looking forward to even more brokerages in 2015.”

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