Real estate company expands global network with shops in Seattle and Mercer Island
Engel & Völkers has announced its entrance into Washington state with the opening of two brokerages, Engel & Völkers Seattle Downtown, led by license partners James Warjone, Christine Warjone, and Matt Bogue, as well as Engel & Völkers Mercer Island, which will share the same leadership team in addition to license partner Rob Potashnick, who will serve as the designated broker overseeing day-to-day operations. The newly established Engel & Völkers shops provide leading real estate services in Seattle, Mercer Island, and the Greater Puget Sound markets.
“Seattle and the surrounding areas are a hotbed of innovation, and with the growth of local companies like Amazon, Starbucks, and Microsoft, demand for real estate has never been higher,” said Anthony Hitt, CEO, Engel & Völkers Americas. “With unparalleled local expertise and commitment to exceptional service, Jim, Christine, Matt, and Rob are ideally positioned to establish the Engel & Völkers brand in two distinct urban and suburban luxury markets with the help of our leading client services tools and expansive global network.”
“Traveling globally, we were always impressed with the consistency and high-end appeal of the Engel & Völkers brand,” said Christine Warjone. “As we learned more about the company and its values, it became clear that Engel & Völkers was a natural fit with our personal business philosophy: high-touch, professional, and sophisticated client interaction.”
Engel & Völkers Mercer Island is currently open for business and Engel & Völkers Seattle Downtown will open its doors toward the end of 2017. Both locations will serve buyers and sellers who are drawn to Seattle and its surrounding suburbs for the area’s booming technology industry, spectacular coastal views, bevy of clean parks and green spaces, and the diverse and stunning architecture that characterizes much of the region’s highly sought-after properties. According to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the greater Seattle area is the ninth fastest-growing metro in the nation, gaining approximately 1,000 new residents per week.
“The increased demand for property has escalated price points not only in Seattle, but in surrounding communities such as Mercer Island,” said Potashnick. “Thanks to large, local employers attracting applicants from around the country and overseas, the northwest market is perfectly poised for the introduction of a tightly knit, global real estate network that’s associated with the Engel & Völkers name.”
Among the first real estate professionals to join the Engel & Völkers Mercer Island shop are Sam Chapin and Dan Gottesman, of the Gottesman Chapin Group, which is known for representing some of finest area listings.
“We are ecstatic about joining Engel & Völkers Mercer Island,” said Chapin, speaking on behalf of himself and Gottesman. “Engel & Völkers’ exclusive network, marketing tools, and brand-consciousness combine to make our job easier, more effective, and more fun. We look forward to utilizing these amazing marketing tools for all of our clients on Mercer Island and the Greater Seattle market.”
Bogue is also an existing license partner at Engel & Völkers Sun Valley, where Sun Valley proves to be a common feeder market for Seattle.
“I've experienced first-hand how Engel & Völkers’ industry-leading tools and platforms, expansive international network, and clean, consistent brand aesthetic have positively impacted our advisors’ productivity,” said Bogue.