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Buying and selling

  • Buying a property

    Buying a property is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make in your life. It can be a fairly complex process, 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. 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 … open the champagne!

    • Established in 1988, we have 3 office branches providing extensive coverage west as far as Fareham, north to Petersfield, east to Emsworth and the whole of Portsmouth
    • Residential, commercial, land & new homes
    • Experienced, dedicated and performance driven staff
    • Expert and free advice
    • State of the art and welcoming high street offices
    • Unique 3D colour floor plans
    • Professional photos (drone cam if required)
    • Virtual viewings/ your property on
    • Bespoke property details
    • No sale, no fee
    • Instant email and text mail out to buyers for immediate response
    • Distinctive and highly visible “for sale” and “to let” boards
    • Extensive internet advertising on:,,,


    • We will utilise the full power of the internet to advertise our sales and letting instructions 24/7 to an international audience of thousands of potential buyers and tenants
    • We list all properties on the key leading property portals including: Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation, Vebra and of course our own website at
    • We will supply and erect distinctive high quality full colour printed “for sale” and “to let” boards
    • We will feature sales and lettings property details in our illuminated high street windows displays in each branch
    • We use high quality photographic images of all properties to maximise the number of qualified viewings generated and often employ the services of professional photographers
    • We market every property effectively to ensure it reaches the largest possible audience
    • We will utilise local press advertising when it is beneficial to do so
    • We regularly telephone, text and email potential buyers and tenants with details of new instructions.
    • We produce bespoke, full colour, printed property details which are also made available to view and download from the internet. We include concise and well thought-out information to ensure every property attracts as much attention as possible


  • Landlords

    We have 3 types of residential lettings service options we supply to hundreds of landlords. We can help you choose the one that is best for you.

    Fully managed

    We will collect the rent and pass it to you promptly and arrange for any repairs and maintenance to be carried out on your behalf. This service includes:

    • Marketing, advertising and accompanied viewings of your property
    • Careful tenant selection and professional referencing
    • Preparation of tenancy agreements
    • Full photographic inventory preparation
    • Full rent collection service
    • Landlord paid via Faster Payments each month
    • Regular property inspections
    • Full property maintenance service, if required
    • Serving of legal notices
    • Notifying utilities at the beginning and end of tenancy
    • Landlord buildings & contents insurance available
    • Detailed monthly and end of year landlord statements



    Tenant introduction only

    We will locate a suitable tenant for your property using our extensive marketing capabilities. This service includes:

    • Marketing, advertising and accompanied viewings of the property
    • Careful tenant selection and professional referencing
    • Preparation of tenancy agreements
    • Setting up standing orders for direct payment to the landlord’s bank account
    • Checking tenants into property
    • Optional photographic inventory service

    Rent collection

    We will locate suitable tenants for you, undertake thorough professional referencing and collect the rent for you each month. This service includes:

    • Marketing, advertising and conducting accompanied viewings of the property
    • Careful tenant selection and professional referencing
    • Preparation of tenancy agreements
    • Full photographic inventory preparation
    • Full rent collection service
    • Faster landlord payments each month
    • Notifying utilities at the beginning and end of tenancy



    Read about Landlord Obligations →

  • Tenants

    Looking for somewhere to live? Whatever your wish list and budget, we will quickly find you the right property.

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

    It’s quick and easy. Just register with us and we will find your first selection of suitable properties.

    Priceless experience

    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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What our clients think

  • It's not often you can say this about an estate agent, in fact up until now, never. Having dealt with very many over the years all of whom were incompetent, but not in the case of Bernards they gave us a 1st class service always returned phone calls, chased solicitors and purchaser to make sure things stayed on track, whilst there were delays this was not down Bernards. Keep up the good work.

    Stephen Bennett Seller
  • Absolutely amazing service. In the last few weeks I really thought that the sale, would fall through, and I honestly believe that without Bernards input that perhaps it may not have happened. I highly recommend Bernards - they are very friendly and professional. Thank you

    Victoria Seller
  • Bernards were very helpful in successfully finding us a new tenant for our house, they were extremely helpful in keeping us informed and advising us of the best options. I would strongly recommend using this company, makes renting less stressful for landlords like myself.

    David Butcher Landlord
  • I am a tenant in Southsea and the team here have been extremely accommodating and helpful to me. When there has been a problem a plumber or handy man has been sent straight out. I have seen bad reviews but if you are nice to people, cooperate and treat them how you wish to be treated, then it will be reciprocated. Thankyou so much in finding me somewhere to live so quickly I really do appreciate it! Lauren x

    Lauren Gadd Tenant
  • What an amazing team. Right from the very start they were all very helpful and professional. I was kept notified by viewings, feedback and offers very quickly. They also kept in touch with my solicitor so all in all I didn’t have to do a lot. Would definitely recommend their services.

    Tracy Lumbard Seller
  • Bernards in Southsea provided an excellent service with frequent updates on the progress of the sale. Their service was friendly and efficient. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.

    Peter Finch - Seller
  • All the staff at Bernards are kind and professional and always go the extra mile to provide an excellent service. I would like particularly to thank Kieran for his amazing hard work, responding instantly to every problem thrown at him, even out of hours, to successfully coordinate the transaction and for his proactive and good humoured attitude. Thank you!

    Dorothy Buyer
  • I had Robbie Osborne from the Waterlooville Office assisting me with the letting of my flat. Robbie was highly professional but also very personable and really easy to deal with. He provided excellent customer service and a stress free service, unlike the other estate agents I have had this misfortune to deal with in the past. I would highly recommend Robbie to anyone looking to let out their property.

    Mrs Agar - Landlord

Contact us

Established in 1988, Bernards are well reputed, independent estate agents ideally located in high street locations in Southsea, Waterlooville and Portsmouth. 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 clients’ needs.

Opening hours

Monday - Thursday   8:45 – 6:00
Friday   8:45 – 5:30
Saturday   9:00 – 4:00
Sunday   Closed

Bernards Portsmouth
129 London Road, North End,
Portsmouth, P02 9AA
Telephone: 023 9272 8090

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

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

Bernards City and Student
Enterprise House, Isambard Brunel Road,
Portsmouth PO1 2TR
Telephone: 023 9272 8099