The Journal of African Real Estate Research (JARER) continues to be an exciting outlet for authors across Africa to propagate the results of their research activities. This is the fifth volume and first issue for 2020 as well as the first issue under the stewardship of our reconstituted editorial board. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome them all to the journal and I have no doubt that their expert knowledge and experience will continue to steward the ascension of JARER as the premier publication on real estate related research in the African continent. In other news, we are in the process of developing a special issue highlighting the work of early career female researchers in real estate. Supporting female researchers in real estate is an important agenda for the real estate discipline and is strongly supported by the editorial team. The guest editors for the special issue are Karen Gibler and Geci Karuri-Sebina and publication is planned for April 2021. If you are interested in publishing your work in the special issue, please contact the co-editors or the managing editor.