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Walter Boettcher | Colliers | London - West End

Walter Boettcher

Head of Research and Economics

Research and Forecasting

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Professional Summary

As Head of Research and Economics at global property advisors Colliers based in London, I lead a team of researchers identifying timely research topics and directing research and forecasting outputs. I have 25+ years of UK and European property industry experience and extensive expertise across a wide range of 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 publication and broadcast experience. I joined Colliers International in August 2007 after several years at a private property company where I 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 a  PhD from the Faculty of Science at University College London.  I am a member of the London Property Economics Forum and  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 effectively through publication, direct client engagement and industry speaking engagements.

Producing data rich publications, presentations and commentaries covering a wide range of global and UK topics: (1) commercial real estate economic outlooks, trends and forecasts; (2) UK regional devolution and 'Levelling Up'; (3) redefining how research may be used to support commercial property agency and professional services business development.


PhD (Faculty of Science) University College London

BA & MA (Economics/Geography) University of Texas at Austin

Memberships & Involvements

Society of Property Researchers

London Property Economics Forum


ABF plc, Church Commissioners for England, Lloyd's 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

My Team

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