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Engel & Völkers

Aspen - Snowmass - Roaring Fork 

Erik Cavarra, Summer & Erik Berg - Engel & Völkers Franchisee's 

Our Story

The company was founded in 2013 by Erik and Summer Berg as Portfolio Aspen. They became one of the first U.S. companies to join the growing internationally-renowned Engel & Völkers franchise back in 2015. Known today as Engel & Völkers Aspen | Snowmass | Roaring Fork, the company has grown to more than 50 Advisors working in five Upper and Lower Valley shops and is the eighth largest Engel & Völkers franchisee by volume in North America with more than 750 transactions in 2021 equating to a record $700+ million in transaction volume.

Engel & Völkers was founded in 1977 in Hamburg, Germany and now has 15,500 Advisors in 30 countries on five continents. Its growth has been spectacular with 2021 worldwide sales volume up 61.5% and U.S. transactions up 21%.

Locally, Engel & Völkers is headed by President and Managing Broker Summer Berg along with Vice President of Operations Dina Erickson who are committed to providing their Advisors with unmatched resources and marketing assistance. In fact, the Engel & Völkers local staff-to-Advisor ratio is an unheard of 5:1 including full-time staff devoted to office and tech support, coaching, robust training, transaction management, compliance and legal support.

Additionally, Team CreatEV is a multi-pronged in-house marketing team that has propelled Engel & Völkers Aspen-Roaring Fork to be one of the most recognized real estate firms in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our marketing efforts begin with our instantaneously-recognized “White Box” Sellers Engagement Vehicle (SEV) which showcases the power of our marketing efforts at the outset of our Advisors working with a client. Engel & Völkers Aspen-Roaring Fork advertising efforts include more than 10 regional and local outlets along with robust online and social campaigns. This ensures that buyers are aware of listings through our photography, video and 3-D renderings, customized marketing materials, and traditional and digital advertising campaigns that identify potential target buyers through our exclusive MAX system. 

The team also ensures that listings are disseminated to nearly 1,000 sites around the U.S., North America and globally. 

This international reach is critically important in a luxury-dominated market like ours. The Engel & Völkers brand provides a global reputation with a boutique-feel that allows for quality service and personal attention. It is known as a high-end company with more than 80 North American sales of $10 million-or-more in 2021.

Engel & Völkers Aspen-Roaring Fork is heavily invested in our communities and recognizes the important role our Advisors play in the lives of our clients. That is why we do not call them “agents” nor are our offices called offices. Instead, our “shops” are designed to be welcoming and appealing to our Advisors and clients. Of course, we utilize technology to enhance the lives of our Advisors and provide their clients with unmatched resources, but we ultimately believe that the bulk of our job is to guide and advise our clients through the often-complex and emotional process of buying, selling or renting a property.