Walter Boettcher | Colliers International | London - West End

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
19 Nov 2020
Property Snapshot November 2020
As expected, the UK economy bounced back strongly in Q3, following the record contraction in Q2.
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6 Nov 2020
A Game of Two Halves: Economic and Property Metrics to Help Keep Score
By Colliers’ UK Chief Economist, and Head of Research and Forecasting, Dr Walter Boettcher.
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29 Oct 2020
Real Estate Investment Forecasts Q3 2020
Although investment activity during the first nine months of the year is down by roughly 20% from the same period in 2019, it appears that investors are returning to the market with over £4.4bn worth of capital transacted in September.
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Featured News
25 Nov 2020
Colliers International comments on the Comprehensive Spending Review
Economic experts from Colliers International respond to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s Comprehensive Spending Review announced in parliament today (Wednesday 25 November).
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18 Nov 2020
Government keeping true to its regional rebalancing agenda
Opportunities to encourage more energy efficiencies in commercial real estate are needed, says Colliers International.
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9 Nov 2020
Biden win in US Election 2020 – Colliers’ Reaction in the UK
Commenting on the Biden victory in the US election, Dr Walter Boettcher BA, Colliers’ Head of Research and Economics, UK says...
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6 Nov 2020
A Game of Two Halves | Sterling appreciation – Opportunity for cross-border investors
In 2016, sterling fell by around 10% in response to the vote to leave the EU. This de facto devaluation gave strong support to UK markets, especially property markets.
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