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Welcome to the first special issue in association with the European Real Estate Society (ERES). It is hoped that this will become an annual event with the best papers presented at the ERES annual conference being published each year in a special issue of the Journal of Property Investment & Finance.
In this issue, we bring you five academic papers of the highest calibre. These papers reflect original research presented at the ERES 6th annual conference held in Athens, Greece, June 22-25, 1999. The conference was jointly organised by the Centre for Spatial and Real Estate Economics at The University of Reading and The Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. Over 100 papers were presented of which 30 were submitted for this special edition. All papers were double blind refereed in line with the journal's editorial policy. E¨amonn D'Arcy, of the University of Reading, and Sotiris Tsolacos, of Jones Lang LaSalle, London, acted as special editors for this issue.
To commemorate the new working relationship between ERES and MCB, the Journal of Property Investment & Finance is pleased to announce an annual award of £500 for the best paper published in the special edition of the Journal of Property Investment & Finance devoted to the annual meeting of the European Real Estate Society. This year's award, which will be known as the MCB-ERES Annual Award, has been won by Francois Des Rosiers, Marius Theriault and Paul-Y Villeneuve, for their paper "Sorting Out Access and Neighbourhood factors in Hedonic Pricing Modelling". Congratulations to Francois and his colleagues for their excellent contribution.
We very much hope that you find their contribution, and the other four ERES papers presented here, enjoyable, enlightening and thought provoking.