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The Rawson Story

Our family history may be very much like your own - alive with change and transformation, but consistently resonating the values and culture which give us our identity.

1971
Our Chairman, Bill Rawson, entered the property industry in 1971 at the age of 21. After three years he became a partner in the business that employed him. In 1978, at the age of 29, he established his own agency and four years later he began to challenge other players in the marketplace, operating from a modest 40m2 office in Claremont, Cape Town.
1978
This was the beginning of "Bill Rawson Estates". From this modest office, Bill Rawson employed and managed a team of 25 estate agents and insisted on their continuous training through courses that he designed and conducted personally.
1998
With a commitment to service excellence through training and an emphasis on business ethics, Bill Rawson went about building his agency into a multi-franchise organisation. In 1998, after sixteen years of solid growth, he launched the franchise group under the "Rawson Properties" brand.
2004
In 2004, Rawson Properties was nominated as a Superbrand by the Independent Superbrand Council of South Africa. What followed was a carefully planned national expansion campaign, with Rawson increasing its visibility in all the major provinces of South Africa.
2013
Today the Rawson brand is a forerunner in the South African property industry and comprises some 200 franchises and over 1000 Sales Partners nationwide. According to Finweek (May 2011), Rawson is the ‘4th largest real estate group in South Africa’.
Our Chairman, Bill Rawson, entered the property industry in 1971 at the age of 21. After three years he became a partner in the business that employed him. In 1978, at the age of 29, he established his own agency and four years later he began to challenge other players in the marketplace, operating from a modest 40m2 office in Claremont, Cape Town.



The Family

The Rawson Property Group, affectionately known as ‘The Rawson Family’, was founded in 1982 by William ‘Bill’ Rawson.

We’ve always thought of our business as a family of property professionals who share and are connected by the same values and culture...

What we believe in

Our business is to help people own and enjoy the property that’s right for them - whether as a buyer, a tenant, a seller or a landlord.

This is a people-oriented business and we appreciate that as our client, you’re dealing in dreams. You may be looking for a new...

Rawson Cares

As you may have gathered, the Rawson Family is extremely big - but you may not be aware of our extended family.

The Woodside Special Care Centre provides quality, integrated and comprehensive 24-hour care for profoundly...