Now in their 13th year, the awards were presented by former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond. Approximately 400 property professionals representing 56 different countries around the globe gathered in eager anticipation of winning one or more of the 100 highly prestigious awards across 20 categories.
The International Property Awards are supported by five media partners and no less than nine professional bodies, their aim being to identify the very best in the residential property market internationally.
"We are very honoured to have been selected as the local winners of this esteemed award," says Richard Gahagan, MD of Property24. "Of the few property portals in South Africa, which are mostly highly regarded and very efficient, Property24's selection as the best is a real feather in our cap. It confirms our position as the authority on property, and proves that the choice of our portal by the leading estate agency groups in the country was a good one."
Selection of the winners is conducted by a panel of highly respected judges with a vast knowledge of the industry.
Each and every year, the number of entries far exceeds its previous record, not just in volume but also quality. Vice-chairman of the judges and editor-in-chief of International Homes magazine Helen Shield, comments, "We've had new countries enter this year – Indonesia, the Phillipines and the Seychelles for example – and the entries were very diverse. We're also seeing super-modern builds now with new terminology for rooms such as 'pods' adding to the quality of submissions."
Stuart Shield, founder of the International Property Awards, concludes, "I'm delighted that the awards have grown to such a stature that they have attracted the attention and support of some of the world's major newspapers – the Daily Mail, New York Times and Sydney Morning Herald – which helps to give the winners even more coverage. I'm also pleased that so many well-respected professional bodies have joined with their backing. We are now going on to crown the year with our event in Las Vegas on November 16th where the highest point scoring winners will be identified as the best in the world."
For a full list of winners, visit www.propertyawards.net