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The best paint colors for leased or Airbnb properties

Paint colours may seem like the least essential aspect of property maintenance, but the right colour can change your room entirely and even make it appear cleaner. Here’s how to choose the best colours for your rental.

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November 18th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Property
Tenants

How to ensure your tenants are happy and stop complaining?

Our research shows that there are 4 common complaints that tenants always report. Find out how to avoid tedious complaints and keep your tenants happy.

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November 18th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
DIY & Lifestyle
Landlords
Property
Tenants

Tools that can help fix anything around the outside of the house

Keen to tackle some maintenance tasks on your home yourself but have no idea where to start? The secret is getting the tools. Here’s what you’ll need!

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October 30th, 2020 by Tristan Slabbert
Landlords
Property
Tenants

Plumbing issues: is it a tenant or landlord’s problem?

Renting a property comes with its challenges especially if there are no clear guidelines as to which party is responsible for maintenance. We take a closer look at plumbing issues and how to attribute responsibility to landlords and tenants fairly.

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October 27th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Property

5 excellent sites to list your property online in South Africa

Are you renting or selling your vacant property? Not sure how to get started? We’ve curated a list of the best property marketplaces to advertise your home online.

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October 15th, 2020 by Tamira Gunzburg
Landlords
Property
Tenants

Property scams to be aware of

The online property market is rife with scams. Here’s how to spot fraudster’s a mile away, so you don’t waste your time while house hunting

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October 2nd, 2020 by HouseME Writer
Covid-19
Landlords
Property

5 steps to earning income by renting out extra space

Rent out unused rooms, granny flats or separate entrances and create an additional income stream for yourself. Check out our simple guide on how to get started.

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September 10th, 2020 by Tamira Gunzburg
Covid-19
Landlords
Property

How to future-proof your investment property during and post Covid-19

Are you concerned about the profitability of your property investment during COVID? Follow these guidelines to help protect your investment.

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September 9th, 2020 by Tamira Gunzburg
Landlords
Property

5 steps to pricing your investment property rental right

Pricing your property rental correctly is key to attracting the right tenants. Amid a pandemic and a struggling economy, we show you how to keep your competitive edge and protect your rental income.

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September 9th, 2020 by Tamira Gunzburg
Musings
News
Property

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
Property
Tenants

All you need to know about the return of your rental deposit

Written by Geruza Nzongo, at  HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.   Reading Time: 5 Minutes   No one wants to play a 12-month long guessing game as to whether your full deposit will be returned at the end of your lease agreement.   You’ve given 20 business days notice that you’re cancelling the lease […]

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August 11th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
DIY & Lifestyle
Landlords
Property

Create a good first impression for your rental property

HouseME will help you to make prospective tenants fall in love with your property and show you how to create a good first impression

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July 6th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
Covid-19
Landlords
Musings
Property

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
Landlords
Property
Tenants

Video viewings: How to make the most of digital property viewings

Written by Lorne Hallendorff, COO and Johann Minnaar, Network manager at HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants. Reading Time: 5 Minutes It’s safe to say that the first-ever photograph (View from the Window at Le Gras) is absolutely rubbish. It took Joseph Niépce several days of exposure in a camera to produce a truly awful […]

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March 20th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
DIY & Lifestyle
Landlords
Property
Tenants

6 Tips to improve your online property listing

Written by Geruza Nzongo, Tenant Success Officer at HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants. Reading Time: 5 Minutes In a recent blog post, we outlined some steps on how you can take professional-looking photos to maximise interest when you are listing your property to rent. Today we are going to help you fine-tune the information featured […]

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February 29th, 2020 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Musings
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
Musings
Property
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
DIY & Lifestyle
Landlords
Property

How To Take Professional Looking Pictures For Your Property Listing

Written by Kath Gibbs, Estate Agent at  HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.  Why Good Photos Will Help You Find A Tenant Faster When trying to rent out your home, the quality of your photos is undoubtedly the single biggest decider of the number of clicks your advert will get. This means that better […]

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January 31st, 2020 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Musings
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
Landlords
Musings
Property
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
Musings
News
Property

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
Landlords
Property
Tenants

The Ins and Outs of Property Inspections

By HouseME, view HouseME Rental Properties Here. Reading Time: 3 Minutes The Ins and Outs of Property Investing As a landlord, performing a property inspection is one of the most important parts of your duty as a property owner. Inspections ensure not only that problems are promptly addressed before they become bigger headaches down the road, but they also […]

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August 14th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Musings
News
Property
Tenants

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
Landlords
Musings
Property
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
Landlords
Musings
Property
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
Landlords
Property
Tenants

Should Landlords Raise Their Rental Price?

By  HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.  Reading Time: 3 Minutes   You’re a landlord renting out your property, and the end of the lease is nearing. Your tenants would be happy to stay for another year, so the next question is: should you escalate the rent? And if so, by how much? In this […]

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May 23rd, 2019 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
News
Property
Tenants

How Do Rental Housing Amendment Act Changes Impact Landlords and Tenants?

By HouseME, Smart Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.  Reading Time: 2 Minutes   The South African Government have indicated the Rental Housing Amendment Act 35 of 2014 has been on the cards for some time, and once it is in place, landlords and tenants will have six months to comply with the new legislation. Currently, no date […]

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May 9th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
DIY & Lifestyle
Landlords
Property
Tenants

Finding a New Home In a City You Don’t Know

By HouseME, Smart Home Property Rental for Landlords and Tenants.  Reading Time: 3 Minutes   Moving out of your comfort zone to an unfamiliar city and a new home can be a very daunting experience, but new job opportunities often require individuals or entire families to take on the journey and relocate to the unknown.   Finding […]

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April 25th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
DIY & Lifestyle
Landlords
Property
Tenants

HouseME Now Offers DepositFREE Renting

By HouseME, view HouseME Rental Properties Here. Reading Time: 3 Minutes     In life there are 3 certainties for tenants: deathly-long leases, large upfront deposits for rental properties and a sizable chunk of income disappearing to a landlord each month.   Well here at HouseME we don’t like old-fashioned certainties. And we certainly don’t like to do things […]

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April 17th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Musings
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
Landlords
Musings
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
Landlords
Musings
Property

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
Landlords
News
Property

South Africa’s HouseME Lands “Multi-Million Rand” Investment

Latest News: HouseME Lands “Multi-Million Rand” Investment   By WeeTracker, December 19th, 2018 Reading Time: 2 Minutes   HouseME; a property-tech startup that is based in South Africa, has closed a “multi-million-rand” funding round led by undisclosed investors which include a financial services provider and a property development company.   Since becoming fully operational, HouseME has held […]

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January 14th, 2019 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
News
Property
Tenants

HouseME and Gumtree Collaborate To Reduce LandLord Risk

By MyBroadBand, 26 November, 2018    Gumtree announced it has teamed up with property technology company HouseME to offer improved house rental services on its online platform.   As a result of this collaboration, Gumtree is now able to verify prospective tenants through a rigorous vetting process and reduce the risk for property owners.   […]

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November 28th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
Musings
News
Property

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
Landlords
Property
Tenants

3 Tips To Ensure Your Tenant Pays On Time

ByHouseME Property Rental   There is only one thing worse than a vacant property: a tenanted property with a defaulting tenant.   Not only does a landlord not receive rent, but she also runs the risk of having to pay expensive legal fees for an eviction. It’s a lose-lose situation: lose your hard-earned money and lose […]

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October 5th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
News
Property

Property Agents Brace For Cape Town Tourism Rush

By Property 360   HouseME CEO, Ben Shaw, was featured in a recent Property 360 article, discussing trends in rental prices as we move towards the holiday season.    Weak rand, relaxation of water curbs expected to give holiday season bookings new impetus Every cloud has a silver lining. And in the world of international tourism, […]

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September 18th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
News
Property

HouseME Uses Technology To Improve Rental Collection Rates

By Real Estate Investor Magazine.   HouseME, a disruptive property technology company that launched in 2016 and quickly began reshaping the South African rental marketplace, has released their latest rental collection statistics showing that on-time rental collection are nearly 30% higher than the national average.   These are impressive statistics considering that credit bureau TPN recently published […]

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September 13th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Musings
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
Landlords
Musings
Property

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
Landlords
News
Property

South African RealTech Startup HouseME Bags Another Round Of Funding

By Nayantara Jha, Article Originally Published on WeeTracker, JUNE 18, 2018.   Cape Town-based proptech startup HouseME has raised a follow-up round from its core shareholders. The exact amount of investment remains undisclosed, though it is believed to be in the range of ZAR 3 Mn to 5 Mn. The shareholders of the startup are both institutional and angel funds, […]

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June 18th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
Musings
News
Property

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
Landlords
Musings
News
Property

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
Landlords
News
Property
Tenants

Finweek: Online offers bring transparency to rental property market

By Glenneis Kriel, Article Originally Published on Finweek, June 4th, 2018.   As a young adult, Ben Shaw often struggled to find appropriate rental accommodation. He also had recollections of friends’ frustrations in finding credible tenants.   “HouseME fills gaps in the market; it creates a solution to a very real problem,” says Shaw, CEO and […]

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June 4th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Musings
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
News
Property

HouseME on Cape Talk

  Listen to HouseME’s CEO, Ben Shaw, talk on Nedbank’s Business Accelerator programme about what we’re doing for landlords and tenants across South Africa.

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May 14th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
News
Property

SA Startup Lets You Bid For Your Dream Home

BY Nayantara Jha, Originally Published On Weetracker. MARCH 7, 2018.   The age-old relation between landlord and tenant has been an area of particular interest. They can’t live with each other, and they can’t live without each other! In earlier days, renting took place on a local level through references and in much lower volumes. However, […]

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March 7th, 2018 by HouseME Writer
News
Property

10 start-ups expected to disrupt South Africa’s business landscape

Originally Published on Businesstech, 17 April 2018   Legal firm Webber Wentzel has announced a selection of 10 start-up businesses that will join its Ignite legal incubation programme.   Launched at the end of 2017, successful applicants receive tailored legal services, together with mentoring and training support, as well as targeted networking and profile-raising opportunities from the […]

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November 12th, 2017 by HouseME Writer
News
Property

HouseME on Radio 702: The Midday Report [Audio]

  HouseME Housing rental app allows tenants to bid what they’re willing to pay.   In this audio 702 spoke with HouseME CEO Ben Shaw, about the online portal designed to disrupt the rental property market.   Full Article available on 702’s website here: HouseME property bid platform bridging gap between tenants and landlords

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August 1st, 2017 by HouseME Writer
News
Property

HouseME goes nationwide with phenomenal growth

By TOM JACKSON,  Originally Published on Disrupt Africa, July 28, 2017.   South African digital rental management platform HouseME is seeing 30 per cent month-on-month growth as it expands from the Western Cape to other parts of the country.   Formed in 2015 and available to the public by the end of last year, HouseME connects prospective tenants […]

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July 28th, 2017 by HouseME Writer
News
Property

HouseME launches digital platform in Gauteng

By Media Update, Originally Published 25 July, 2017.   HouseME launched its digital property management platform, first launched in the Western Cape in September 2016, to residential property owners in Gauteng. It also introduced three property management packages where landlords can take advantage of rental management services in an on-demand pricing model, only paying for […]

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July 25th, 2017 by HouseME Writer
News
Property

HouseME leads industry shake-up

BizCommunity gets the lowdown on how a startup company dared go up against the traditional giants of industry, and come out on top. Originally Published, 24 APR 2017    Faced with the current economic instability in South Africa, SA’s property landlords are considering how they can maintain the earning potential of their assets. Cognisant of […]

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April 27th, 2017 by HouseME Writer
News
Property

HouseME Featured on Entrepreneur’s Corner [Audio]

  HouseME founder Ben Shaw is interviewed about Press and the disruption caused by HouseME in the rental property market.   Originally Published on 702’s Entrepreneur’s Corner here: Entrepreneurs Corner: HouseME property bid platform bridging gap between tenants and landlords

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April 26th, 2017 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
News
Property

HouseME brings tenant bidding to personal finance

By IOL Property, 26 November 2016.   Revolutionary concept and growing adoption — HouseME allows tenants to bid on fair rental as the Cape Town startup brings world-class technology in South Africa.   Prospective tenants can now secure accommodation by submitting bids on their smartphones. And if they sign a lease, they will have to […]

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November 26th, 2016 by HouseME Writer
News
Property
Tenants

Have you tried The New Way To Rent?

By Your Neighbourhood, 10 Novmeber, 2016.   HouseME launches as SA’s first online bidding and tenant screening app for home rentals   HouseME, a new mobile application and web portal, is the first to launch in South Africa with an online auction mechanism where landlords receive bids on their rental properties from prospective tenants eager […]

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November 10th, 2016 by HouseME Writer
News
Property

HouseME changes the SA rental market

By Graham van der Made: Ventureburn Editor on 12 October, 2016   HouseME brings fundamental change to the staid, archaic residential rental market of South Africa.   Real estate startup, HouseME wants to change the way property rentals are handled for landlords and prospective tenants in SA. The company has launched an app which it hopes will solve gaps in […]

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October 12th, 2016 by HouseME Writer
Landlords
Musings
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