It is in 2012 that BARNES partners with one of the oldest real estate companies in French-speaking Switzerland, the Group Gerofinance-Dunand l Régie de la Couronne.
The company, represented in the Cantons of Geneva, Vaud, Wallis and Fribourg, offers the whole range of real estate services: sales, rentals, property management. Its President Jérôme Félicité recalls his motivation:
“To market its luxury properties, Gerofinance-Dunand I Régie de la Couronne, needed a strong, world-renowned brand that offers access to a network able to bring in high-quality clients. The meeting with BARNES was an immediate success, because BARNES is not only a brand with a very high profile in the international luxury market, but it also shares the same values and the same vision as a true real estate professional.”
In 2016, BARNES Swiss Licensing is created to develop the brand and the network in the rest of Switzerland and acquires the Master Licence for Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
2016 sees the opening of 3 new BARNES offices: BARNES Lugano, BARNES Gstaad Valley and BARNES Verbier, still in partnership with well-established local players: Tinam for Ticino, CF Immobilier for Gstaad Valley and the Dorsaz Family for Verbier.
In 2017, BARNES continue its expansion with 2 offices in German-speaking Switzerland: BARNES Zurich with Seitzmeir Immobilien and BARNES Bern with Von Schwanau Immobilien. Von Schwanau Immobilien will also soon open BARNES offices in Basel and Luzern.
There are projects to open offices in St-Moritz, Davos, Neuchâtel and in the St-Gall/Lichtenstein region.
Today, BARNES is represented in the 3 linguistic regions with altogether 20 offices and constitutes therefore one of the leading luxury real estate networks in Switzerland.