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Sara Lindblom joins Colliers to boost operational real estate research capabilities

03 11 22 Colliers has hired Sara Lindblom to bolster its research capabilities hero

The Operational Capital Markets team at Colliers has hired Sara Lindblom to bolster its research capabilities.

Sara joins from EG where she was market development associate for just under two years. In her new role at Colliers she will be working with Lee Layton, head of Operational Real Estate Research, on client driven research across the range of ‘beds’ sectors.

Projects the team has worked on this year include; area identification work for the largest US co-living operator; UK beds market analysis for a leading Nordic investor and a substantial amount of single family home work for some of the leading players in the sector.

Lee Layton, head of Operational Real Estate Research at Colliers, comments: “It is fantastic to welcome Sara to the team. Having her on board will allow us to build on our recent success in client consultancy work, specifically research-focused insights to support significant investments in the single-family housing and build-to-rent sectors.”

Sara adds: “I’m beyond excited to have joined the team. I’m looking forward to working with such a dynamic team and helping to build on the insightful consultancy work that the Operational Real Estate Research team provide to its clients.”

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