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Private Property launches new Advice Centre - Private PropertyWith a brand new addition to their website, Private Property has focussed on providing professional property information and news. 26 Jun 2015

Private Property announces sponsorship of SA Women's Hockey Team - Private PropertyPrivate Property, South Africa's leading property website, is proud to announce that it will be a sponsor of the South African Women's Hockey Team. 3 Jun 2015

USD$10m investment into One Africa Media - Private PropertySEEK, the world's largest online employment marketplace by market capitalisation, has announced the investment of USD$10m for an additional six percent equity ownership in One Africa Media. 30 Apr 2015

Private Property launches an Android app - Private PropertyPrivate Property aims to further its market reach following the launch of its Android app - a move prompted by the highly-successful iPhone app that the innovative property portal recently brought to consumers. 11 Sep 2014

Tenant deposits: Oh, the horror! - Private PropertyGoogle "lease agreements South African horror stories" and you'll come up with about 1,280,000 results. "Rental deposits South African horror stories" gives you about 534,000. Even a casual stroll through our own website - PrivateProperty.co.za - reveals articles like Lea Jacobs' Wanted: Dead or Alive - Landlords Withholding Deposits. 9 Sep 2014

OAM's Justin Clarke nominated for EY World Entrepreneur award - Private PropertyOne Africa Media (OAM) CEO Justin Clarke has been honoured with a nomination as a finalist in the southern Africa chapter of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards for 2014 in the emerging category, paying tribute to a man who co-founded the Private Property brand - which is now considered South Africa's leading real estate portal. 21 Aug 2014

Win A Home - Private PropertyWin A Home is an exciting new property-related reality show starting on 21 August, at 8pm on SABC3. 18 Aug 2014

The three-month wait - Private PropertyAfter many months of searching and agonising over properties, you finally find your dream home. You put in an offer, which is accepted, and happy days - your bond application is approved. Keen to move in, you start packing your belongings in earnest. However, chances are you will have to park your enthusiasm (and your moving boxes) for a few months while the transfer and bond registration process plays out. 4 Aug 2014

Buy only the best - but do it now - Private PropertyLet's be honest: there are a lot of conflicting reports out there offering tips on when, where and how to buy property. 28 Jul 2014

I refuse to sell your home! - Private PropertyPrivate Property recently monitored an interesting debate on Facebook: an estate agent posted that he was not willing to deal with a seller who wouldn't listen to reason and who wouldn't take his advice on the selling price. The agent argued that as a professional, he had all the knowledge and tools available to price the home correctly and wasn't prepared to waste his time dealing with a person who thought he knew better. 21 Jul 2014

The passing of a leader, Carey Eaton - Private PropertyIt is with great sadness and regret that we announce the untimely death of Carey Eaton, who passed away in tragic circumstances after an armed robbery in Nairobi this morning. 5 Jun 2014

Should it stay or should it go? - Private PropertyPrivate Property knows that buying a home is pretty exciting, making it easy to get caught up in the moment and forget to discuss important issues with the seller - before cussing becomes the order of the day. 26 May 2014

You can't win it if you're not in it! - Private PropertyLast year Private Property partnered with SABC3's Top Billing and millions of viewers watched over the 21 weeks of the competition as Private Property gave away a lifestyle worth more than R5m. 16 May 2014

Jo'burg: value your home to save money - Private PropertyJust when you thought you had enough to worry about as a resident of Jo'burg, now you need to check your property valuation too - or risk paying an inflated rates bill for the next four years. 15 Apr 2014

The house that Oscar built - Private PropertyIt doesn't come as much of a surprise to hear that Oscar Pistorius has put his home in Silver Woods Country Estate on the market. Regardless of what really happened on the fateful night when he killed Reeva Steenkamp, it was always unlikely that he would return to live in the property. 1 Apr 2014

Private Property website wins international awards - Private PropertyPrivate Property has received two International Media Awards (IMA). 19 Mar 2014

When landlords and tenants disagree - Private PropertyAs long as there are landlords and tenants there are going to be rental disputes. Tenants may believe that the landlord isn't doing his bit to maintain the property, while the landlord feels that he constantly has to attend to minor problems that the tenant himself should fix. The tenant may not believe that paying the rent a few days late is the end of the world, while the landlord believes that the rent should be paid before anything else. 4 Mar 2014

Tenants need to get off the fence - Private PropertyIf the experts are to be believed, tenants are going to have to start choosing on which side of the fence they think the grass is greener - adhering to the terms and conditions of their lease agreements, or taking liberties. Otherwise, they could not only find themselves out on the street, but may also have difficulty finding another suitable property to rent. 18 Feb 2014

Private Property delivers the future of online property searches - Private PropertyMobile devices are being used more and more every day. In fact, says Simon Bray, Private Property's COO, research shows that mobile property searches increased by 120% in the past year. "People are spending more and more time on their tablets and smartphones instead of laptop computers, especially when researching property. In particular, late afternoons and evenings are seeing a marked increase in mobile traffic." 12 Feb 2014

Whose fault is the flood? - Private PropertyA demanding tenant can push a landlord over the deep end and, if not held in check, can end up flooding the owner with expenses. 11 Feb 2014

Investment advice for R3.5-million dream home prize - Private PropertyPrivate Property partnered with Top Billing, a prime-time lifestyle TV show, to bring one lucky winner the largest prize ever given away in Africa: a R5-million lifestyle that includes a R3.5-million apartment in Cape Town. 10 Feb 2014

Win! An iPad Mini could be yours - Private Property21 weeks ago - in celebration of its 21st birthday - SABC3's Top Billing launched a competition in which one beyond-lucky person will win a beyond-belief lifestyle worth more than R5-million. This is the most valuable prize given away in the whole of Africa to date and Private Property is proud to be a contributing sponsor. 30 Jan 2014

Qunu: How a little village shaped a larger-than-life man - Private PropertyAs South Africans and indeed the rest of the world mourn the loss of former President Nelson Mandela, the small village where he spent most of his childhood, close to the place where he was born and where he will be laid to rest, has come into the limelight. 13 Dec 2013

Private Property hosts the Inaugural CARE Awards breakfast - Private PropertyOn 16 October 2013 Private Property hosted the first CARE Awards prize-giving at the plush Durban Country Club. Attendees were treated to a sunny breakfast spread before proceedings took over. 21 Oct 2013

South Africa's Private Property has partnered with ListGlobally to offer its browsers the opportunity to peruse international property listings, as well as to extend exposure for its partner estate agents to a global audience. 8 Oct 2013

South Africa's Private Property has been honoured with the receipt of an International Media Award (IMA) for excellence in website design. 18 Sep 2013

Private Property partners with Top Billing to offer largest prize ever in Africa - Private PropertyAs SABC3's Top Billing celebrates turning 21, Private Property is partnering with the iconic show to bring one beyond-lucky South African the opportunity to win a lifestyle worth over R5million! 20 Aug 2013

Private Property is "virtually" number one - Private PropertyAt Private Property, our mission is to be the best digital marketing platform for estate agents and private sellers, and all the other players in the property industry. 30 Jul 2013

The Acutts name is synonymous with property in South Africa and success that dates back more than 160 years. And now in a pioneering move this brand, the oldest property brand in SA, has teamed up with Private Property by having every single one of its offices advertise on Private Property's portal. 16 Jul 2013

Portal moves to cloud to support aim of inspiring, connecting and serving 2 Jul 2013

One Africa Media (OAM), previously named Private Property Holdings, has secured a US$25-million round of investment for the expansion of its operations across Africa. The South African-based company that operates internet classifieds businesses in cars, travel, real estate and jobs secured US$20-million (R205.53-million) from Australian-listed jobs portal SEEK. A significant portion of the group is already owned by Tiger Global Management, the New York based venture capital fund that already partners with SEEK in other ventures across Asia and Latin America. 28 Jun 2013

Private Property's new iPad app, designed in conjunction with the company's all-new website, became South Africa's number one free app in terms of downloads - within a week of its release. 27 Jun 2013

There are dozens of obvious and practical reasons why many individuals, families as well as businesses, rent property. For a start, renting provides the tenant with the benefits of fairly fast availability and choice. Although some may argue to the contrary, the flexibility enjoyed by tenants as a result of renting should be appreciated, as well as the relative freedom from unexpected or hidden costs and sudden market crashes. Tenants and landlords should enter into agreements with the intention of giving as well as getting reasonable value. In many cases, the attitude with which one approaches a deal will determine its long-term (or possibly short-term) viability and success. 20 May 2013

Privateproperty.co.za has a new home - a brand-new website that we built to make your next property search an awesome experience. 17 Apr 2013

Property and automotive portals merge to form Africa's largest classifieds concern - Private PropertySouth African-based Private Property Holdings and Kenyan-based Cheki Africa Media merge their businesses to form One Africa Media. 20 Feb 2013

Privateproperty.co.za swims Midmar Mile for paraplegics - Private PropertyCompany raises R50 000 to buy wheelchairs for disadvantaged paraplegic children 13 Feb 2013

Privateproperty.co.za, South Africa's leading property portal, says that owning property is a great idea if you're looking to attract a life partner. 12 Feb 2013

Simon Bray finds new home as Privateproperty.co.za COO - Private PropertyEngineering student, marketing major, fashion designer, software entrepreneur and now Privateproperty.co.za COO ... Simon Bray's background is anything but conventional. But this eclectic skills mix is well suited to the Privateproperty.co.za business: "We exist to shape the current and future state of the real estate industry. We believe we can make a positive and lasting difference to the way the industry works. We RE-IMAGINE a better way to live and work and we make sure we have fun while we're doing it." 29 Jan 2013

It is important to note that although the Rental Housing Tribunal has helped thousands of landlords and tenants resolve issues pertaining to rental properties, the service is not available throughout South Africa and, at this stage, there are no tribunal offices in Free State. 9 Jan 2013

Although it is always recommended that a body corporate utilises the services of a managing agent, there are schemes out there that may find it difficult to find an administrator that is willing to run their affairs. 20 Nov 2012

If you invest in property to rent it out, it is important, whether you manage that rental yourself or have a rental agent, to follow certain guidelines so that your investment is a success and you don't run into problems later, says Michael Bauer, general manager of IHFM, a property management company. 14 Nov 2012

Agents should be aware that the opportunity for companies, close corporations and trusts to transfer property free of transfer duty to a natural person, under certain circumstances, has been extended to 31 December, 2012. 9 Nov 2012

Following the recent two-day Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) summit, Seeff chairman Samuel Seeff has lauded the move by the Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale and EAAB administrator, Advocate Taswell Papier, to engage with the industry. 30 Oct 2012

Privateproperty.co.za helps home vulnerable children - Private PropertyImagine 10 000 villages, each raising and impacting 500 orphans "the right way". Imagine five million children rescued, raised and rebuilt to become future leaders who impact the continent of Africa, and who can reach out to other orphans. Imagine... 16 Oct 2012

South Africa's construction industry is going green with energy-efficiency building regulations having come into effect in November last year, which are aimed at boosting green architecture. 25 Sep 2012

Recent recessionary times have brought about more than a depressed property market: the state of the global economy seems to have influenced an entire generation's opinion on home ownership. Indeed, international estate agency `Engel & Völkers has even named this investment-averse sector of the population: Generation Rent. 18 Sep 2012

A complete "snag list" prior to occupation of a premises can protect both landlord and tenant when the lease expires. 27 Aug 2012

In a sectional title scheme, different areas fall under the responsibility of either the bodies corporate or the owners/lessees. 24 Aug 2012

There are dozens of obvious and practical reasons why many individuals, families as well as businesses, rent property. For a start, renting provides the tenant with the benefits of fairly fast availability and choice. Although some may argue to the contrary, the flexibility enjoyed by tenants as a result of renting should be appreciated, as well as the relative freedom from unexpected or hidden costs and sudden market crashes. Tenants and landlords should enter into agreements with the intention of giving as well as getting reasonable value. In many cases, the attitude with which one approaches a deal will determine its long-term (or possibly short-term) viability and success. 23 Aug 2012

While tenants may not all be the shining stars landlords wish for, both parties have legal recourse in exercising their rights outside the courts, through the Rental Housing Tribunal (RHT). 22 Aug 2012

Property buyers should protect themselves by getting a home professionally inspected before making an offer to purchase. 16 Aug 2012

Landlords in South Africa could well be forgiven for believing that the law gives their tenants all the rights. Everything it seems is on the tenant's side and while landlords do have some control, in most instances they are going to have to pay a fortune in legal costs to exercise those rights. 15 Aug 2012

The expiration of a lease often becomes a contentious point as tenants fight for the rightful refund of their deposits 14 Aug 2012

We've all heard the horror stories concerning the neighbours from hell and the havoc that they can cause, but according to a survey conducted by Columinate on behalf of Private Property, most South Africans have a good relationship with those who virtually live on their doorstep. 13 Feb 2012

In a recent survey by Columinate conducted on behalf of Private Property, only 5 percent of people indicated that they trusted estate agents. By implication this indicates that 95 percent of people do not trust estate agents. When asked which characteristics the respondents least associated with estate agents, 80 percent indicated that they didn't believe that those involved with selling property were dependable, accurate, accountable, trustworthy and informed. 6 Feb 2012

While many businesses are pulling back on advertising expenditure, Privateproperty.co.za is busy rolling out a new and exciting advertising campaign. The campaign will be broadcasted via television, radio and online through the Privateproperty.co.za Facebook fan page. 29 Sep 2011

Privatproperty.co.za has been at the forefront of the online industry for many years and recently launched an exciting new feature on its award-winning website. The groundbreaking Property Index is a set of tools that allows browsers to easily track individual property values, suburb trends and reams of related information that is useful to buyers, sellers, tenants and property investors alike. 12 Sep 2011

Bill Gates once boldly stated that the personal computer was the way of the future, a pretty amazing statement considering that at the time virtually no one had a computer in their home. He was right of course ... at least for a while. 18 Aug 2011

Property Portal Privateproperty.co.za has passed the landmark of one million unique users per month on its web and mobile platforms for the first time this January 2011, meeting the goal set exactly one year before. 1 Mar 2011

South African property website, www.privateproperty.co.za, has been announced as a winner in the 2010 South African E-Commerce awards, taking home the prize for Best E-Commerce services website. They were also placed third in the category for Best Design, Standards and Ease of Use. 15 Nov 2010

Coinciding with the launch of their new-look website, South African property web portal www.privateproperty.co.za has also launched a new property valuation tool, dubbed 'EstiMate'. 14 Sep 2010

South Africa's busiest property portal, Privateproperty.co.za, officially launched its new website this week after months of intense testing. The newly designed site follows international trends towards a clean-looking, search-based website, and also holds a few new innovative features designed to improve the experience of each visitor to the site. 10 Sep 2010

It was announced this week that South African property portal, www.privateproperty.co.za, has become the first property portal globally to publish its property content on MXit. All property listed on Private Property's website is now available on MXit. Users can browse properties, or search for property for sale or to let in their area, from the convenience of their cell phones. 16 Aug 2010

Online traffic during July indicates that interest in the property market in South Africa is regaining impetus. Property web giant Privateproperty.co.za reported a record month last month, reaching new highs in both mobile and online web traffic. 16 Aug 2010

Private Property has signed an exclusive deal with Kagiso Media to act as the real estate partner for MSN South Africa from 1 July 2010. Private Property announced the agreement this week, after the changes to the MSN/property portal had been activated. 14 Jul 2010

Private Property's mobile website, Prop.mobi, received visits from more than 100 000 unique mobile users during April. This is a marked increase from just 1200 unique visitors for the same period last year, and cements Private Property's status as the busiest property mobisite in South Africa. 18 May 2010

In December 2008, Privateproperty.co.za launched an online competition to find a new slogan that would appropriately describe the direction the property website has taken in recent months. 17 Mar 2009

The current slump in the South African property market is presenting investors and would-be buyers with an opportunity to enter the market at lower cost than was required a year ago. House prices are falling and despite fewer loans being granted by the Banks, interest in purchasing property is on the increase. 16 Mar 2009

Property buyers hoping to pick up a bargain during the current slump in the market should look more closely at Privateproperty.co.za. With online auctions every week, the potential to pick up a sound investment at a great price is definitely on the cards. 9 Feb 2009

Private Property, in collaboration with bidorbuy.co.za, has just launched an online auction facility to provide owners with a new and innovative way to sell property. Sellers willing to take the chance can now take part in a real-time bidding process from the comfort of their favourite armchair, secure in the knowledge that their property is in safe hands. 2 Dec 2008

Private Property announced last week the launch of a new pricing model, making their website more available to struggling homeowners who cannot afford the upfront listing fee. 7 Oct 2008

"Invest in property," says international expert - Private PropertyThere is ample opportunity to generate wealth through property, especially in our current economic climate. This was the strong message put across by Dolf de Roos during a recent presentation made to 800 guests hosted by the Private Property Group at Montecasino. 3 Jun 2008

The busiest property website in Africa and the champion of the private seller, Private Property, is repositioning itself after 10 years in the industry. Yesterday, CEO Justinus Adriaanse announced that the company had already reached agreement to buy back all 27 of its franchise offices from around the country, at a total cost of R25 million. 22 Apr 2008

Spot your rental property on the latest hotspot on the web, Rentaspot, a new subsidiary of leading online property giant, Private Property. 27 Feb 2008

For the second year running, Private Property Listings was voted the best property website in the South African E-Commerce Awards held by Jump Shopping, South Africa's leading online shopping search engine. 13 Dec 2007

Ten years ago, on the 22nd October, Private Property popped onto the World Wide Web and began an extraordinary journey into unknown territory. Today this innovative business has joined the ranks as a serious contender in the property market and is reportedly SA's busiest property website. 4 Oct 2007

In an effort to get more information about new listings to their clients while they are still on the move, South Africa's busiest property website, Private Property, has recently launched the first phase of a mobile version of their award-winning website. 12 Jul 2007

Private Property gets Top Supporter Award - Private PropertyPrivate Property Listings received an award for Top Supporter at the Bond Choice Home Loans Aggregators Awards evening held at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on 23 March. The function was intended to recognise 25 of the top aggregators in the home loans industry who have supported Bond Choice over the past year. 30 Mar 2007

Private Property Listings' website is the busiest property site in South Africa with thousands of properties for sale around the country. 30 Mar 2007

Private Property Magazine 1st Birthday - Private PropertyThe Private Property Magazine celebrates its first birthday in February 2007. ‘Brimming with property' is the best way to describe the magazine featuring over 1000 properties for sale around South Africa each month, and set to grow even bigger with more property and interesting reads planned for 2007. 1 Feb 2007 1 Feb 2007

Private Property was voted South Africa's best property website in the 2006 South African E-Commerce Awards run by Jump Shopping, South Africa's leading online shopping search engine. These Awards recognise companies and organisations that have demonstrated excellence through the use of the Internet, specifically in the e-commerce arena. 24 Jan 2007 24 Jan 2007

Listing company, Private Property announced bold plans to sell one thousand homes a month before the turn of the decade. The plan was presented in Cape Town, Durban and at Gallagher Estate in Midrand last month to approximately seven hundred guests at the company's end-of-year functions. 31 Oct 2006

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