The era of flipping through newspapers with the hopes of finding a valuable property to buy is long gone due to the widespread use of the internet. Just about anything can be bought online and that includes properties.
Top 10 Property Websites in South Africa
If you’re looking to rent or invest in a property in South Africa, just visit any of these top 10 property websites in South Africa to see the various listings.
Pam Golding is one of the top property websites in South Africa, offering some of the best deals you can’t get anywhere else. Behind the site is the Pam Golding International Property Group that’s been operating for over 40 years and with more than 300 branches.
The site lists everything that has to do with properties including homes, lifestyle and agricultural farms. Due to massive sales, the company enjoyed a record profit of 20 billion rand in February 2017 and has continued to pursue increased sales, an attestation of customer trust and satisfaction in the company. And to add, the properties on the site are largely bought by South Africans as only about 5% make up for the buyers of their properties in the country.
Coming second on the list is Seeff which has also maintained an impressive sales record over the years. A significant percentage of their overall income has come from sales in Hout Bay and Llandudno property market where the company said it exceeded its forecasted sales.
Like many other property websites, most properties under R5 million sell faster than houses above it, usually within 30 days. Properties under R10 million also experience modest growth in sales rate while it’s slower for properties that worth more. Founded in 1964 with over 200 branches, Seeff is formidable player worthy of consideration in the SA property market.
Rawson is a leading real estate agency in South Africa with its beginnings dating to 1978. The website offers pictorial views of properties up for sale while also providing financial advice to help prospective homeowners get the best out of the process.
The company is fully engaged in residential sales and rentals, auctions, bond origination and commercial sales rentals. In addition to all these, they also build properties from scratch which they offer for sale. In 2014, Rawson bagged six international property awards including the Best Real Estate Agency Website Africa.
After over 23 years of operation in South Africa, Remax was relaunched in 2017 with the view towards becoming more digital friendly. That desire, which led to a refreshed branding, is geared towards attracting a younger clientele who can only be reached via the use of the social media and mobile marketing.
In the same year, the efforts paid off as the site recorded 29% of property sales in the first quarter of 2017, showing considerable progress in reaching millennial who are the biggest homebuyers in South Africa. The site’s interface makes it easy to list properties for sale and to rent across the country.
Rated a top online destination for prospective property owners in South Africa, Chas Everitt takes pride in its commitment to performance and excellence which is exemplified in its website.
The real estate company has been in operation for more than 30 years, delivering a memorable South African property experience for both property buyers and sellers. Apart from the property sales and rentals which are common in the real estate industry, Chas Everitt also helps homeowners relocate to any city in South Africa or in the world through its international affiliations.
Moving from being a specialist-rentals agency to becoming a full real estate agency that offers residential, commercial and industrial properties in 2016, Just Property aims to offer a holistic property solution to its clients.
The website has several exciting features including newsletters and a blog to keep in touch with the customers while offering helpful tips to enlighten readers. The company is a recipient of many awards, including the coveted Best Lettings Agency Categories which it has won for the third time in a row.
Jawtiz is one of South Africa’s oldest residential property companies, dating back to late 1960s. The website is tailored to offer customers a smooth and unique experience. Visitors to the site can search for various types of properties, check out the blog, subscribe for newsletters, read latest news, search for agents and contact the customer care representatives, to mention a few.
The company also noted that for every one property on display on its site, they have 129 properties which foreign nationals can consider for investment, especially in desired areas like Cape Town, City Bowl, Sea Point and Constantia.
Unlike the other sites on the list, Property24 is not a real estate agency; instead it’s a portal that displays real estate offers from the various companies across the country.
The advantage is that prospective buyers can compare prices of different properties in an area from different. Property24 is one of such portals, listing residential and commercial properties in South Africa as well as those on auction.
Just like Property24, Private Property showcases properties from across the country so users can search and make price comparisons. It also allows individuals and banks to list their own properties for sale and rentals, and displays distressed properties listed by SA Home Loans. Individuals who want to list their properties for rent can make use of the tenant vetting service (via Ekaya) to screen and verify prospective tenants.
Compared to other real estate players on the list, Property Fox is a newcomer in the game but has done a lot to generate buzz about itself. Its offerings are unique and include freedom for users to list properties on its website after which it makes the listing available on other property sites like Property24 and Private Property for maximum exposure. Additionally, the commission fees are cheaper than conventional fees other sites charge on the price of property sales price.
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