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A glint of the future

As we release some innovative new features geared towards making the user experience so much smoother, Co-founder and CTO, Kyle Bradley, takes on a trip down memory lane. Watch how our product has evolved since inception and welcome HouseME 3.0 with us.

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September 9th, 2020 by Kyle Bradley
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New pricing updates

In case you missed it, we launched our new digital renting interface today! So what’s new? Your online dashboard got a brand new look Already a pioneer in using tech to speed up applications and assess the best rental price, we’ve now focused on taking on board your feedback as a community to further enhance […]

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September 9th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
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COVID-19 and Proptech 2.0

Ben Shaw, CEO and co-founder of HouseME talks about how COVID-19 gives rise to new opportunities in the Proptech companies. Read more about paradigm shifts you should expect.

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April 20th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
Covid-19
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10 steps to finding a great tenant in spite of the Covid-19 lockdown

With the entire world practising social distancing, finding a tenant to lease your property can prove to be challenging. Have a look at our guide on how to tackle this issue without putting yourself at risk.

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April 17th, 2020 by Tamira Gunzburg
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The new way to rent & lease in SA

African prop-tech firm HouseME is taking the South African residential rental market by storm and has plans to expand its reach internationally when it has conquered the local market. Co-founder and CEO, Ben Shaw tells Enterprise Africa more about this exciting young business and how it has grown from nothing. Continue…   Credits: Header image […]

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March 16th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
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Property

How To Pay Back Your Mortgage Loan Faster Than Everyone Else

Written by Ben Shaw, CEO of  HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants. Reading Time: 5 Minutes Many rental property investors bite their nails each month, praying that their tenants pay on time, and the right amount, and into the right account – so that they can pay their bank for their mortgage loan. And many […]

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February 20th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
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Tenants

Important Clauses To Look Out For In Your Lease Agreement

Written by Claire Müller, Content Manager at  HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants. Reading Time: 5 Minutes Reading a lease can be confusing. Not to mention time-consuming. There is so much legal language in it that your first impulse may be to sign and be done – rather than google all the words and terms […]

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February 17th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
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Property

How To Find The Perfect Rental Agent in South Africa

  Written by Chris Barkhuizen, Regional Head of Operations at  HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.  Reading Time: 3 Minutes Congratulations! You just purchased your very first investment property and now you’re looking for a reputable rental agency to help you find a good tenant. Property is often the most treasured and valuable investment for many […]

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December 24th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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Tenants

5 Advantages Of Using Property Tech Sites To Lease Or Rent Your Home

Technology has and will always continue to change and challenge just about everything associated with the way we live, conduct business and how we work. The real estate industry is no different and has joined the paradigm shift from traditional channels to those that function solely with technology. The Shift To Managing Property Rentals & […]

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December 23rd, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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V&A Waterfront becomes first major South African residential property owner to appoint a PropTech company

By HouseME, view HouseME Rental Properties Here. Reading Time: 3 Minutes   V&A Waterfront first major South African residential property owner to appoint a PropTech company   One of Africa’s most popular travel hotspots, Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, has recently appointed HouseME as the managing agent of its residential to let portfolio, The Breakwater and Ports Edge, comprising of a total […]

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September 19th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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Tenants

The 7 Basic Tenant Screening Questions

 By HouseME, view HouseME Rental Properties Here. Reading Time: 3 Minutes  The 7 Basic Tenant Screening Questions If you are a landlord renting out your property without the aid of a rental agency, then you would be well advised to have a set of standard screening questions ready at hand to verify any prospective tenants looking to take occupancy […]

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September 3rd, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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Forbes Recognises HouseME as one of Africa’s Startups to Watch: 2019

By HouseME, view HouseME Rental Properties Here. Reading Time: 3 Minutes  Forbes recognises HouseME as one of the continent’s startups to watch in 2019 Forbes Africa announced on Monday 1st July that HouseME was one of the continent’s eight top African startups, contributing in a vital way to Africa’s growth. This announcement was done in collaboration with Accenture, which […]

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August 5th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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Tenants

7 Reasons Tenants Are Not Choosing Your Rental Property

By Ben Shaw, CEO, HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants. Reading Time: 3 Minutes   So your current tenants are moving out and you’ve put your rental property on the market. You may even have had a few viewings but no one is committing quite yet and your vacancy date is rapidly approaching. How can […]

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July 2nd, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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Tenants

HouseME Launches Assist Package for Hassle-Free Renting

By HouseME, Smart Rental Property Management. Reading Time: 3 Minutes Rental Property Management Revisited HouseME in 2017 rolled out rental property management assistance for the first time. With an overwhelming response, more than 75% of our clients opted-in for such services; which included photography, hosting of viewings, key handovers and emergency call-out response and more. It was […]

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June 14th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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Property

5 Tips For Landlords

By HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.  Reading Time: 3 Minutes   Whether you are a seasoned landlord or this is your first real estate investment, being a landlord is not without its challenges. Managing a property has its demands and it is possible to make mistakes that might result in substantial legal fees, damages […]

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April 11th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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Property

Assessing the rental landscape for new landlords

By HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.  Reading Time: 4 Minutes   It is the hope and dream of every prospective landlord that their property will yield profit.   The profit is usually budgeted as an additional salary and there are countless examples whereby landlords are thriving financially in the property industry and have made […]

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March 29th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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How Do I Get Started As A Landlord?

By Ben Shaw, CEO, HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.  Reading Time: 3 Minutes   Investing in the first property that you’re going to rent out is a big decision. Tenants are hard to find, bonds need to be paid off carefully, maintenance can be a worry, and you’ve previously been scared off by […]

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March 15th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
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HouseME Discuss Seedstars Best Startup in Cape Town Win on Smile 90.4FM

HouseME’s CEO, Ben Shaw, was recently interviewed live on Smile 90.4FM with Benito Vergotine.   Listen to Ben talk about HouseME’s one-month deposit, rental guarantee and being named as the Best Startup in Cape Town by Seedstars.     Seedstars World, a seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has selected a winner of its Cape Town leg.   […]

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October 30th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
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Property

How much is your rental property worth?

As a landlord, you can take advantage of smart technology to see in real-time what the market is willing to offer to rent your property. Use this PlaceME Tool to not let your property stand vacant.

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September 13th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
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4 Tips To Attract Tenants To Your Rental Property

If you’ve put your property up for rent and you’re not getting much interest, you may be worried, because if you don’t find a tenant in time, your rental property will fall vacant. And then how will you keep paying the expenses you had budgeted this rental income for?   It’s a familiar feeling for […]

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July 19th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
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SA’s HouseME secures follow-on funding for expansion

By Tom Jackson, Article Originally Published on Disrupt Africa.   South African rental management platform HouseME has secured a “multi-million rand” follow-on funding round from current shareholders to scale its property portfolio and expand into new markets.   Formed in 2015 and available to the public by the end of 2016, HouseME is a digital platform that connects prospective tenants […]

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June 18th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
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SA-Based HouseME fighting legacy of Apartheid In Property Market

By Charity Mbaka, Article Originally Posted on Techmoran.com   HouseMe launched in 2016 to become South Africa’s first mobile application and web portal to allow landlords to receive bids on their rental properties from prospective tenants eager to secure their ideal accommodation. The application allows landlords to rest assured of the quality of tenants they are […]

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June 12th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
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Property

The journey of a property investor

We know how it all begins: playing around with a few numbers on a bond calculator. A budget was set, an investment home was found, you paid your transfer duty and now that sectional title property is yours. It’s a great feeling.   However, at HouseME we know that you are only at the start […]

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May 18th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
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Property

Disrupting Residential Rental – The HouseME Beginning

HouseME was born out of desperation for a better rental experience. Which is the same reason this blog has been set up: we want to wholly improve rental.  How It All Started… As we give some insight over the next number of weeks into the HouseME universe (expect stories, lessons learnt, tips for letting, best […]

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July 25th, 2016 by HouseME Writer