Ober-Haus is celebrating 20th anniversary

The real estate company Ober-Haus is celebrating 20th anniversary of its operations in Lithuania. On 13 October 1998, the first office of Ober-Haus was opened in Kaštonų Street in Vilnius. Initially the company had four employees. Today Ober-Haus has 10 offices (in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Palanga, Šiauliai, Panevėžys and Druskininkai) and over 140 real estate experts.

Ober-Haus Real Estate Advisors is a highly experienced provider of the most complete property services including residential and commercial real estate services, property management, property and business valuation services. Ober-Haus is the largest real estate valuer in the county both by the number of valuers and by the scope of work. The Valuation Department of Ober-Haus in Lithuania employs over 50 qualified professionals. The company performs more than 7,000 valuations annually.

Each year the quality of services provided by Ober-Haus is assessed by the international capital and financial market magazine Euromoney.  Ober-Haus has been rated the best real estate company in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Advisor & Consultant in Lithuania 2018, 2015
  • Best Valuation Advisor & Consultant in Lithuania 2018, 2017, 2015
  • Best Research Advisor & Consultant in Lithuania 2018, 2016, 2015
  • Best Agency/Letting Advisor & Consultant in Lithuania 2017, 2015

2007 was the year when Ober-Haus Real Estate Advisors and Realia Group, the real estate market leader in Finland, merged making the company not only the largest in the Baltic States but also in all of Middle and Eastern Europe. Annual revenues of Realia Group is approximately 100M€, and the Group employs some 1,900 persons.

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