We have the great pleasure of welcoming you to our AfRES annual conference for 2015 held in Kumasi, Ghana. We would also like to thank the numerous sponsors who have assisted in different ways; the conference would not have been possible without their contributions. We hope that we will all benefit from the gathering through discussions and debates both practically and academically.

Today, change in the real estate markets is happening in every corner of our continent. There are new developments happening in East, West and South Africa. These developments have a profound effect on the markets and on the investments happening on our continent, hence the main theme of the conference Real Estate Markets Development: Meeting the Challenge, Making the Difference. Growth on the continent is going well with the most expensive city in the world bring Luanda, Angola. Two of the top fastest growing economies in the world being in Africa, Kenya at number three and Nigeria at number six.

This year we had the highest number of submitted abstracts at 60 abstracts and 23 papers for refereeing. We appreciate the Scientific / Technical committee for their work in reviewing the submitted abstracts and papers. The feedback to the authors was very helpful in developing the papers and finalizing them in the format presented. The papers printed in these proceedings were double-blind reviewed to ensure high standards and international comparability. The abstracts were reviewed and some guidance given to some of the authors. Some abstracts were declined as they were not appropriate for this conference.

The West African AfRES chapter is grateful to those who assisted and contributed in bringing this conference together and making it happen. We are appreciative of the hours of work which some of our members dedicated to the process.

Emmanuel Martey
On behalf of the Organizing committee August 2015