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Walter Boettcher | Colliers | 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

Membership 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 & Economics, National Capital Markets

Expert/Featured Research

27 Jul 2021

Data Bite - UK CRE Investment Volumes July 2021

This week we look at commercial real estate investment volumes on a bi-annual basis. The figures cover all asset classes.
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16 Jul 2021

Data Bite - Take Up By Type Of Unit July 2021

This weeks’ Data Bite looks at industrial take up by type of unit (design and build, second hand and speculatively developed) for warehouses equal or greater than 100 000 sq ft.
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8 Jul 2021

Data Bite - International Migration Flows July 2021

Despite a significant reduction in the net flow from EU citizens (following the 2016 EU referendum) highlighted, the balance from this group was still a positive one (at the last data release - Y/E March 2020).
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Expert/Featured News

27 Jul 2021

Consumers switch from credit to cash as the retail sector recovers

The taps have been turned on and a “vaccine bounce” in the consumer economy is increasingly evident.
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2 Jul 2021

‘Brutal’ transition in UK retail means one in three premises are ‘zombie shops’

Analysis reveals the scale of the impact of the pandemic and changing shopping habits.
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