Neil Blake

Neil Blake
Global Head of Forecasting and Analytics | EMEA Chief Economist, CBRE

CREW Network Webinar Speaker


Neil Blake is Global Head of Forecasting and Analytics and EMEA Chief Economist for CBRE. Since October 2020 Neil has also been acting as joint head of CBRE Econometric Advisors, the Boston-based property market forecasting consultancy. Prior to joining CBRE in mid-2012 Neil has held positions of Director of Economic Analysis at Oxford Economics and Director of Economics and Forecasting at Experian Business Strategies. He has also worked for Wharton Econometrics (now IHS Global Insight) and the University of East Anglia. He holds degrees from the Universities of York and Warwick.

Blake is an economist by background with over thirty years’ experience of economic analysis and forecasting. His role at CBRE role includes the co-ordination and development of forecasting services across global markets with the objective of generating coherent and consistent global views of economic and property market prospects. He also has overall responsibility for economic, property market and business forecasting in the EMEA region and the production of property market forecasts in North America.

Blake has extensive knowledge of economic and property market modelling. Property-related experience includes “Remote working: the potential impact on office demand (2020), “What interest rate normalization means for global real estate investors (2018), work for the Barker Review on the economic effects of restrictions on housing supply the IPF Research Foundation’s project on “Property and Inflation”, demand for commercial and residential space in the Middle East as well as the development of investment strategies for major European and global property.

Blake is a member of both the IPF and SPR, is an experienced public speaker and has made numerous media appearances. He will be the featured speaker at CREW Network's What is in Store for 2021 – The Global and Real Estate Market Outlook webinar exclusively for members.