Engel & Völkers Continues Florida Expansion with New Shop in St. Petersburg
Engel & Völkers continues expansion in Tampa Bay area with new shop in St. Petersburg, its fourth location in the greater Tampa market
Engel & Völkers today announced its latest franchise expansion with a newly established brokerage in St. Petersburg, Florida; marking the company’s fourth location in the Tampa Bay market. Opting for the local vernacular, the shop was named Engel & Völkers St. Pete and is owned and operated by Leisa and Matthew Erickson, formerly Leisa Erickson & Associates, a RE/MAX Metro team.
"Having our own brokerage was simply the next logical step for us as entrepreneurs,” said Leisa Erickson. “We relish the opportunity to help other professionals grow their business and obtain freedom of time and individuality as a better way to work and live.”
Aware of the many existing opportunities for growth by joining a franchise network, the Erickson’s diligently vetted several companies before deciding on Engel & Völkers.
“The Engel & Völkers brand and reputation is above all others in look, mission and ethos,” said Leisa Erickson. “We have been watching Engel & Völkers’ expansion in the Americas for some time now and knew it would be a perfect fit. By aligning ourselves with this brand, we are able to offer a higher level of service to our clients and undoubtedly draw other like-minded agents to join us. The connected global culture of Engel & Völkers, including the yachting and aviation divisions, provides expanded connections for our advisors globally and we are beyond excited tap into these as our market is seeing a growing influx of global buyers and sellers.”
After extensive careers in the corporate sales and marketing sector, the Erickson’s found success in the real estate industry. In just five years they have amassed over $26M in annual sales volume and are ranked tenth out of the top 100 agents in Pinellas County.
Engel & Völkers St. Pete hit the ground running by recruiting three local top agents before they opened their doors for business on November 12, 2018. Engel & Völkers St. Pete is currently operating out of a temporary space, located at 433 Central Ave Suite 209, while their official storefront shop is being renovated. They plan to host a grand opening in early 2019 at their permanent location at 102 2nd Ave NE, just off Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. The bespoke shop will create a space for those passionate about real estate and will include a hospitality lounge for advisors and clients alike.
They hope to develop a unique workplace culture by setting certain professional standards for members of their brokerage such as minimum production levels, while instilling a culture of luxury service standards to cater to the most discerning of clients.
“We are focused on building our brokerage with experienced, savvy professionals who conduct at least 12 transactions per year and who fit our culture of diversity and humility,” said Matthew Erickson. “We are more focused on quality than quantity, however we endeavour to have 20 advisors by mid-2019 and grow to 50 thereafter.”
According to a 2015 census estimate, St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, after Tampa and the fifth-most populous city in Florida. Engel & Völkers now has four locations in the area: Bellair, Madeira Beach, South Tampa and St. Pete.
“The markets in and around Tampa Bay are of strategic importance to our growth,” said Timo Khammash, Managing Partner of Engel & Völkers Florida. “We are very pleased to have Leisa and Matt on board with us in St. Pete.”
Linzee Werkmeister, Director, Public Relations & Franchise Support
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About Engel & Völkers: Engel & Völkers is one of the world’s leading service companies specialised in the brokerage of premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and aircrafts. Based in over 800 locations in total, Engel & Völkers offers both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of services. Consultancy, sales and leasing form the core competences of the staff of more than 10,000 people operating under the Engel & Völkers brand. The company is currently operating in over 30 countries on four continents. Intensive training schemes in its in-house real estate Academy and the high level of quality assurance governing its systematically structured service provision are key factors that account for the company’s success. For more information about Engel & Völkers, please visit engelvoelkers.com
About Engel & Völkers Florida: Engel & Völkers Florida is the Master Franchise Partner of the global luxury brand Engel & Völkers. The company represents franchise locations around Florida, including: 30A Beaches, Belleair, Boca Raton, Bonita Springs-Estero, Cape Coral, Clermont, Delray Beach, Destin, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville Beach, Jupiter, Madeira Beach, Marco Island, Melbourne, Melbourne Central, Miami-Coral Gables, Olde Naples, Orlando-Winter Park, Palm Beach, South Tampa, Stuart, St. Pete, Wellington, and Windermere.
Recognized for uniquely recruiting, training and equipping some of the top professionals in the real estate industry, Engel & Völkers Florida’s exclusive franchise model positions its license partners at the top of the premium market to gain market share and support their bottom line.
Engel & Völkers Florida is continuing to strategically strengthen and expand its presence in premium real estate markets across the state of Florida. If you would like to know more about the Engel & Völkers brand or how to join its global network, which is known for demonstrating competence, exclusivity and passion, feel free to call our corporate office, located at 633 Tamiami Trl N, Suite 201, Naples, FL 34102 USA. Tel: +1 239-348-9000. For more information about Engel & Völkers Florida, please visit florida.evusa.com