Walter Boettcher

Walter Boettcher

Head of Research and Economics

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Professional Summary

I am the the Chief Economist at global property advisors Colliers International based in London.  I am a research economist identifying timely research topics and directing research and forecasting outputs.

I have over 20 years UK and European property industry experience and extensive expertise across a wide range of property sectors and related industries.

I participate regularly in industry panel discussions, but am focused more on direct client engagement with institutions, property companies, banks, and private investors. A regular media commentator, I have a wide range of national and broadcast experience.

I joined Colliers International in August 2007 after several years at a private property company where he was responsible for managing a mixed portfolio of London residential, retail and office assets.

Previously, I worked in a few London property advisory firms, a geodemographic company as well as a few youthful sojourns in the US offshore oil industry, local government and entertainment business.

I am an economics graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his PhD from the Faculty of Science at University College London.  I am a member of Lambda Alpha International and the Society of Property Researchers.

Perhaps best known for my alternative take on property economics and investment, I am a keen proponent of UK regional development and infrastructure investment.


Promoting Colliers International through publication and through client and industry speaking engagements.


  • British American Business Council – ‘Pre-inauguration briefing’ and ‘Trump’s First 100 days’ 2017

  • Industrial Agents Society – ‘The Northern Powerhouse – a place or an idea’, 2016

  • NHS Property Conference – ‘Leveraging NHS assets in a post-Brexit Britain’, 2016

  • PERE Europe 2017 Speaker

Topics of Publications

  • Brexit

    Commercial real estate economic outlook and trends

    Property cycles & trends

    Global economic climate

    Macro views on pan-European region

    Foreign investors in the European property market

    UK regional devolution and the Northern Powerhouse

Redefining how research may be used to support agency and professional services business development.

Surviving the deepest economic recession in almost a century.


PhD (Faculty of Science) University College London; BA & MA (Economics/Geography) University of Texas, Austin

Memberships & Involvements

Society of Property Researchers, Lambda Alpha International


ABF plc, Barclays plc, MAN Group plc


'I found sharing views both enlightening and interesting. Dr Boettcher certainly is impressive'  James Allum. Aviva.


'Walter is a very good speaker and his views genuinely differ from the prevailing consensus.  For the record, I think he’s right.' Luke Powell. Aviva.


‘Thanks. I appreciate your snappy reports packed with facts to back it up. Keep it up.’ Colin Humphries. Canada Life Investments.


‘Good do yesterday morning - particularly impressed by your economics bloke -- too often they drone on and talk over everyone's heads - thought he was very engaging and got it just right.’ Neil Sellers, Senior Manager, The Co-operative Banking Group


‘Thank you for speaking at our luncheon today . . . you received great reviews . . . We look forward to seeing you again. Richard Hollander, Executive Vice President. The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).


‘They all love Walter to death, can I have bit of what he's got !’  Bob Marston. Cancer UK.


‘The Lambda Alpha International Board expresses its great thanks for such a wonderful talk yesterday. You got fab reviews!’ Dr Karen Sieracki. Kaspar Associates.


Service Lines
Research & Forecasting, National Capital Markets
Featured Research
6 Feb 2020
Scotland Snapshot Q4 2019
We are pleased to share with you the Scotland Property Snapshot Q4 2019, the fourth in our new quarterly report series. The report provides an overview of the Scottish commercial property market, as well as the latest occupier market and investment trends.
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16 Dec 2019
Colliers Offices UK Winter 2019 Market Commentary
Regional office leasing markets have weathered Brexit relatively well. On reflection, this resilience may be explained by the exposure of these office markets to services that support the UK 'real economy'.
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20 Nov 2019
Election Trends, Sterling and UK Real Estate
After tracking sterling for the last couple of months, we have concluded that some line has been drawn under sterling’s downside. Potentially, a powerful message for UK real estate. An acrimonious ‘no deal’ EU exit has been dismissed, hence the worst scenario is leaving the EU with a deal, which looks to be priced into sterling already. The alternatives are either a softer Brexit or no exit at all, both of which have sterling upsides.
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Featured News
18 Mar 2020
Markets slow at responding to stimulus
Effects of COVID-19 interventions will be felt over weeks and months.
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11 Mar 2020
Budget 2020: Colliers International reacts to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 2020 Budget
Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered his Budget for 2020, setting in stone the Government’s plans for spending and revenue-raising for the year ahead.
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11 Feb 2020
HS2 commitment is key to unlocking investment across the UK
Head of Research and Economics comments on the Government's commitment to HS2.
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31 Jan 2020
Global investor confidence rising as Britain leaves the EU
Our chief economist and EMEA Head of Research comments on the market on the day the UK leaves the EU.
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