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A Game of Two Halves: Economic and Property Metrics to Help Keep Score

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By Colliers' UK Chief Economist, and Head of Research and Forecasting, Dr Walter Boettcher.


“I originally began this piece at the beginning of the second half (H2 2020) with the aim of publishing it in early September, as a metric intensive rallying cry so as to do my small part in building UK market momentum. Since then, events have moved so rapidly and the data so profoundly that I found myself revising the original draft endlessly. So I decided not to publish, but rather to distribute to Colliers’ clients as an investment market thought piece. Consider it a pilot for a series.  

In addition to providing the full report, I have also broken it down into subsections (see links below) that will be hosted live on our website to enable you to identify which parts of the report are most relevant to you. I intend to update the various subsections whenever significant changes occur, especially to the data, so you will always be able to access live up to the minute results. The plot?  I think my focus ends up on sterling and its likely path in the wake of Brexit and Covid, both of which, foolishly or otherwise, I assume to be transient...”

A Game of Two Halves - Economic and Property Metrics to Help Keep Score

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A Game of Two Halves: Economic and Property Metrics to Help Keep Score

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Walter Boettcher

Head of Research and Economics

Research and Forecasting

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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