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Colliers 2021 Predictions

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Making economic and property market predictions in the midst of a pandemic, and during a protracted trade negotiation that half the country sees as a damage limitation exercise and half sees as a liberating transformational opportunity, seems foolhardy at best. Nevertheless, we have given it our best to foresee the unforeseeable subject to assumptions that are posted in page one. Some of our predictions include:

  • No double dip recession
  • Investment volumes to top £60 billion
  • Property pricing stable with prime seeing further modest yield compression
  • Occupier markets weak in H1 with greater stability in H2

The remarkable feature of the economy and property market is its relative stability despite massive dislocations in the operating environment. The economy is propped up, of course, by massive fiscal and monetary stimulus globally and property markets are propped up by the massive weight of global capital in search of yield. This shapes our views for 2021.


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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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Oliver Kolodseike

Director of Economic and Research

Research and Forecasting

London - West End

Oliver is Head of Economic Research and leads the quarterly UK forecasting process including the publication of Colliers' Real Estate Investment Forecasts (REIF) report. He also  authors the monthly Property Snapshot and, quarterly Scotland Snapshot. Prior to joining Colliers, he worked for the Centre for Economics and Business Research and IHS Markit. Oliver holds a BA in Economics from  Georg-August University Göttingen (Germany) and an MSc in Economics from Exeter University.

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