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Buying and selling

  • Buying a property

    Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make in your life. It is a lengthy and complicated business, which while exciting is often fraught with stress and worry. But luckily there is a lot of good advice around helping you to make your home-buying experience as easy and problem-free as possible.

    It is important to have a good understanding of the process as it will help you to avoid some of the most common hazards of home-buying. Home.co.uk has prepared an introduction to the home-buying process to help you to understand how it all works, how to plan it and what to watch out for.

    Step by step guide

    1. Mortgage advice – how much can you afford?
    2. Get a mortgage agreement in principle
    3. Find your new home and make an offer
    4. Hire a Solicitor
    5. Organise a survey and valuation
    6. Everything OK? Legal work begins
    7. Get your paperwork in place – final mortgage offer & life assurance
    8. Exchange contracts – you’re almost there!
    9. Start packing! Organise your move, bills, post redirect
    10. Finalise your contract details and complete the purchase
    11. Move in and have champagne!
  • We are different

    After 24 years in business in Portsmouth and with thousands of properties sold, there’s nothing we haven’t seen, heard or dealt with. Our local expertise and experience can save you time, money and stress.

    Our team are straight talking, friendly and professional but above all, love selling property.

    Getting a valuation

    Call us. 
    We will give you an accurate market valuation, prospects for a sale, examples of recent similar sales, economic and market information and any recommendations for how to maximise the saleability and appeal of your property.

    There is NO obligation on your side. 
    We offer our expert advice so you can make an informed decision about what to do next.

    Marketing matters!

    Presentation is everything. 
    We help you stand out. Our superb 3d floor plans, photography, glossy brochures and videos are superior to most of our competitors. In a busy marketplace, we will help you be seen first.

    Realistic, achievable market values. 
    Our valuations are always sound & trusted. It’s why we are able to identify perfect prospective purchasers in our database and quickly introduce your property to them.

    Reach the widest audience possible. 
    We list on the most searched property websites – Rightmove, Primelocation, Findaproperty and Zoopla amongst others.

    The personal touch gets sales. 
    We accompany all viewings, subject to your instructions, handle negotiations & keep the process moving smoothly.  All our team take pride in their relationships with sellers and buyers over many years.


  • Landlords

    There are 4 types of expert lettings services we supply to hundreds of Portsmouth landlords. Pick the one that is best for you.

    Finding the best tenants for your property.

    From tenant find to monthly rent collection.

    Stress free FULLY MANAGED
    We manage, you relax – a full professional service start to finish including inspections and repairs/maintenance.

    Your rent GUARANTEED!
    Continual cashflow. If the tenants fail to pay, we pay you. No void periods. No set up fees.

    Read about Landlord Obligations →

    Fully Managed

    • Property particulars
    • Professional photographs
    • Marketing and advertising
    • Key holding
    • Accompanied viewings
    • Tenant referencing
    • Contracts
    • Tenant deposit collection
    • Tenant check in
    • Utilities notification
    • Inventory preparation
    • Rent collection
    • BACS payment to landlords
    • Full financial statements
    • Regular property inspections
    • Serving of legal notices
    • Handling maintenance calls
    • Organising repairs
    • Checking fix quality
  • Tenants

    Looking for somewhere to live? Whatever your wish list and budget, we will quickly find the right property without wasting your time on endless irrelevant viewings.

    Bernards have hundreds of flats, houses and apartments  to let located around Portsmouth, Southsea and Waterlooville. We can help with specialist rental requirements, holiday letting and short term tenancy agreements.

    It’s quick and easy. Just fill out this form and we will find your first selection of suitable properties.

    Priceless experience

    There’s 100 years’ of combined letting & sales experience in our team – that’s hard to beat!

    We have been independent since we started in 1988. It means we are passionate about our reputation, the services we offer and the experience you have with us. We guarantee to exceed all your expectations.

    How do we stay at the top?
    Technology makes us quick.
    Local knowledge ensures we are accurate.
    A friendly smile makes the serious business of property more fun for everyone!

    Visit our lovely bright offices in central Southsea , Waterlooville and Portsmouth. We would be delighted to help you.


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Announcement date for our competition winners

Bernards are pleased to announce that we will be drawing the winners of our Win an iPad and Name That Road competitions on Thursday 24th September. These online competitions have been pro...


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Registry student studio apartments all snapped up

Bernards are delighted to report that all the brand new student properties built in one of Portsmouth's most iconic buildings have now been reserved for rental. Originally the City's Regist...


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Neil Thorpe promoted to Southsea Lettings Manager

Congratulations to Neil who has been promoted to head up the Lettings team in our busy Southsea office. The Southsea branch is familiar to Neil as he was based here in 2013 before moving to ...


What our clients think

  • Excellent service by Mark and team I would highly recommend my property could not of been in better hands - Many Thanks

    Sarah Dove Landlord
  • I was really pleased that my house was unoccupied for just 11 days and you were able to obtain a Guarantor for my tenants.

    Robert Smith Landlord
  • Great service from Mark and the team my purchase was seamless. Thank you - I would highly recommend Bernards!

    Sarah Dove Buyer
  • I was delighted with the service provided by Bernards. They appear to have the knack of finding just the right kind of property for their clients. I was highly impressed at how hard the team worked and their level of professionalism. Thank you Neil and Jim.

    Clair MIller Buyer
  • The whole team are so friendly and helpful and we have found the communication brilliant. I would highly recommend Bernards for their professionalism and friendliness.

    Sara Everett-wood Tenant

Contact us

Established in 1988, Bernards are well established, independent estate agents ideally located in the heart of Southsea. Our aim is to provide a first class service by combining our wealth of experience with full use of the latest information technology. The range of services we provide and the diversity of our client base requires a flexible approach that can only be provided consistently by well trained staff who genuinely care about our client’s needs.

Bernards, Portsmouth
129 London Road, North End, 
Portsmouth, P02 9AA
Telephone: 023 9269 6811

Bernards, Southsea
8 Clarendon Road, 
Southsea, PO5 2EE
Telephone: 023 9286 4974

Bernards, Waterlooville
47 London Road,
Waterlooville, P07 7EX
Telephone: 023 9223 2888

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