Election Trends, Sterling and UK Real Estate

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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.

Now purists might argue that, despite an agreed deal, that subsequent EU trade negotiations could fail, resulting in a future ‘Hard Brexit’. Our crass reply? In the spirit of our Prime Minister - quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere (avoid asking what the future will bring).

At a pragmatic level, we would suggest that once the spirit of a future trade relationship is agreed, reality will be hard to resist. We hope...


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Election Trends, Sterling and UK Real Estate

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Walter Boettcher

Head of Research and Economics

London - West End

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.

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