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Engel & Völkers, a European-based premium real estate firm, has announced the opening of its shop in Victoria, British Columbia, which was the first established in Canada. Engel & Völkers Vancouver Island, owned by Scott Piercy, Shelby Donald and James LeBlanc, introduces the firm’s global network and renowned level of service to residents looking for premier real estate opportunities in the region. Over 120 guests including clients, VIPs, local real estate professionals and members of the Engel & Völkers North America executive team attended a grand opening event held on Thursday, June 11th.

“As an international market with a great variety of property offerings, stunning natural beauty and all the amenities of a metropolitan center, Victoria was a high priority in our growth plan for Canada,” said Anthony Hitt, CEO, Engel & Völkers North America. “We are especially fortunate to have Scott, Shelby and James, leaders in the market who share the same commitment to quality and client services, as our partners throughout our network. Engel & Völkers Vancouver Island will bring a new level of real estate experience to Victoria’s buyers and sellers.”

While many buyers in the area are from the local population, Victoria is also highly active as a second and recreational home market for buyers from the United States, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

“Buyers come from all over the world and choose Victoria and Vancouver Island for its beauty, weather and quality of life,” said Piercy. “As part of the Engel & Völkers network, not only do we have the reach to promote our listings to a wider international audience, we also have the world-class technology platforms, marketing tools and strategies to enhance our ability to help our clients achieve their real estate goals.”

Engel & Völkers added Canada as the 39th country to its international network in early 2015 and continues to grow throughout North America. Engel & Völkers Vancouver Island joins recently opened and operating shops in Calgary, Toronto and King City, further solidifying the firm’s presence in the Canadian marketplace, with additional shops opening soon in Montreal and Collingwood. Other notable locations recently announced by Engel & Völkers include Austin, Houston, Beverly Hills and Concord.

Engel & Völkers continues to strengthen its presence in the premium real estate market throughout North America and plans upcoming openings over the next several months.

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