Our story goes way back

From our first office in Cape Town in 1982 to over 200 franchises across the country today, we’ve helped thousands of families buy and sell their homes.

From humble beginnings

Three decades on, we’re still on a mission to make buying and selling a simpler, easier experience for our clients. And we’re one of the only property groups that does it all – from sales, rentals, commercial and industrial sales and letting, to bond origination and auctions. We even build our own property developments.


Bill Rawson starts his own agency, ‘Bill Rawson Estates’, and employs a team of 25 estate agents.


After building the agency into a multi-franchise organisation, Bill launches the franchise group under the Rawson Properties brand.


Rawson launches a national expansion campaign and opens over 56 franchises in Gauteng within two years.


Rawson Finance, our in-house bond origination company, is founded.


Today, the Rawson brand is a forerunner in the South African property industry, with over 200 franchises and more than 1000 agents nationwide.

Our vision and values

At Rawson, our vision is to be the most trusted property brand in South Africa, by creating value through property, delighting our customers and leading innovation in our industry.

To guide us in this journey, we’ve identified five values that define who we are and who we want to be.



Forging relationships and building neighbourhoods.



Working with each other, for each other.



Doing our best work every day.



Doing the small things like they’re the big things.



Being the first to take the leap.

Our services

Our in-house offering includes sales and rentals, letting, bond origination, and auctions, making us a one-stop-shop for all your property needs.

Rawson Properties

Rawson Properties

From our head office in Cape Town, we’ve grown to over 200 franchises around the country, specialising in residential, commercial and industrial sales, rentals and auctions.

Rawson Finance

Rawson Finance

Our in-house bond origination team helps hundreds of clients a month with bond financing across commercial, industrial and residential sales. Find out more about Rawson Finance.

Rawson Developers

Rawson Developers

Going strong for over 20 years, Rawson Developers has built and successfully launched more than 2,500 homes in over 50 different developments. Find out more about Rawson Developers.

Rawson Assist

Rawson Assist

Our customer support and service centre matches buyers with sellers and landlords with tenants on a daily basis. All while ensuring we maintain the highest customer happiness standards.

Our innovation agenda

We’re always keen to get behind technology that makes property easy for our customers and our people – from tools that help us give the best property market valuations in the business to software that allows us to manage rental properties securely and seamlessly.

Winner of 3 international awards

Rawson Awards

We like to get involved

We care about our clients, our people and our communities and take part in social investment initiatives as well as industry development and transformation.

Here’s a look at what we’re doing right now.

We heart our neighbourhoods

Our franchise partners around the country have identified pressing needs in their neighbourhoods and communities, and are involved in various projects to help address them. These include working with vulnerable women and children, the elderly, animal shelters, and child education and development.

Hope for the homeless

We’re in the business of helping people find their dream home. But we’re also acutely aware that many people in our country don’t have a home. And so we’ve partnered with U-Turn, a non-profit organisation dedicated to uplifting the homeless through skills development and job creation. Find out how you can contribute to the cause.

Youth empowerment

In addition to supporting the South African Property Charter, which aims to bring transformation to the real estate industry, we are committed to coaching and mentoring youth through the Estate Agency Affairs Board ‘One Learner – One Estate Agency’ youth empowerment programme.

Equality pledge

As members of the Real Estate Business Owners of South Africa (REBOSA), we share in their zero tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination in the real estate industry and society. We will not be silent in the face of intolerance based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability or religion. With REBOSA, we support an inclusive society in which diversity is valued and respected.