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Robert Papaleo | Colliers | Melbourne CBD (Residential)

Robert Papaleo

BBus (Prop), BPD

National Director, Capital Markets | Residential

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Professional Summary

As National Director | Build to Rent my objective is to support clients to participate in emerging opportunities derived from the significant growth of this alternative residential asset class. 

Drawing on my  25+ years of real estate industry experience -  spanning agency, research, analytics and consulting - I work with colleagues across Australia, who are local market experts, to deliver opportunities, practical solutions and innovative strategies across the nascent Build to Rent and associated alternative living sectors. I support clients to enter and grow their presence in the Australian BTR market.

My understanding of demand, supply, policy and industry factors relating to the spectrum of new residential markets (BTR, apartments, urban regeneration, greenfields) underpins my reputation as a trusted strategic advisor to leaders in the  residential  development and real estate investment industries. 

I utilise my deep industry and market knowledge and connections to extend the reach of Colliers  across the increasingly complex mainstream and emerging residential market segments.


I add value to a range of Colliers' clients by offering strategic insights that create enhanced transaction and development outcomes for more complex real estate oppportunities.

My market knowledge has been derived from continuous engagement with the indusry and creation of industry-first national data sets and statistics across new residential markets (BTR, apartments, greenfield).  This background supports my recognition as a leading analyst and trusted strategic advisor to many of the largest national and international developers and investors in the reidential market.


I studied across the related disciplines of urban planning, economics and real estate. This allows me to understand real estate markets  from a range of perspectives and to consider implications for property development / investment opportunities.

  1. Bachelor of Planning and Design (Planning) - The University of Melbourne (1994)
  2. Bachelor of Business (Property) - RMIT (1998)

Memberships & Involvements

I  remain an active participant across various industry associations with current appointments including:

  1. Property Council of Australia (Victoria) - Build to Rent Taskforce (from 2021)
  2. Property Council of Australia (Victoria) - Precincts Committee: Deputy Chair (from 2020)
  3. Summer Housing (NDIS - SDA) - Property Advisory Committee  (from 2017 )

Previous appointments have included:

  1. Property Council of Australia (Victoria) - Planning & Infill Committee (2019 - 2020, 2006 - 2008)
  2. UDIA (Victoria) - Greenfield Develpment Committee (2018 - 2020)
  3. UDIA (NSW) - Greenfield Develpment Committee (2017)
  4. Property Council of Australia (Victoria) - Research Committee (1999 - 2003; 2015 - 2016)
  5. Property Council of Australia (Victoria) - Economic Development Committee (2013 - 2014)
  6. Property Council of Australia (Victoria) - Residential Developer Committee (2009 - 2010)


Many of the leading Local, National and International Developers (private and listed), Investors and Financiers active across Australia's new residential development sectors (BTR, apartments, urban regeneration, greenfield)



Area Development, Mixed-Use Properties, Planning, Residential Development Sales, Site Sales, Transit Oriented Development

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Residential Sales

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Featured Research

9 Feb 2024

Residential Capital Markets Investment Review

We are pleased to share with you the Residential Capital Markets Investment Review, which provides a comprehensive look at transaction activity, industry trends and key buyer groups that were active in 2023.
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Featured News

1 Mar 2024

Capital Markets expands its capability to Residential

Increasingly, the Australian residential property market is becoming more attractive to institutional investors and overseas participants. As a market leader in Development Site Sales and Build To Rent transactions, Colliers has expanded its Capital Markets capability to service the residential sector.
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31 May 2023

Launching PRD Melbourne Apartments

PRD & Colliers collaborate on the dedicated residential property management business specialising in the burgeoning Build-to-Rent sector.
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