Happy anniversary to us…30 years since we first opened!

It’s 26th July 2018 and today we are celebrating 30 years since the doors of our first branch opened, located then in a small office on Elm Grove, Southsea, back in the summer of 1988.

Since our humble beginnings, Bernards has grown to become one of the leading independently owned estate agents serving Portsmouth and the surrounding area. Today, our business competes at the highest levels, offering expertise in residential and commercial sales and lettings, land and new homes, property development and financial services.

 Surviving the housing slump and after several office moves over the years, our thriving Bernards Southsea branch now operates from prestigious, spacious offices located on Clarendon Road, in the heart of Southsea. Recently renovated, the client friendly, air-conditioned office space boasts a modern, bright interior set over two floors, with staff and clients benefitting from heavy investment in state of the art technology. The sales and lettings teams here are successful, local market experts. In 2017, Bernards let more properties than any other agent in the Southsea area, according to official Rightmove figures.

 Over the last decade, Bernards has expanded geographically, and now has additional sales and lettings teams based in branches located in North End, Portsmouth and in Waterlooville town centre.

 Managing Director, Jason Parker, has been with Bernards since it was established 30 years ago. He said “I believe that the primary reason our business continues to flourish is our client-orientated approach. We face modern day challenges from Internet-only based offerings but these will never be able to do what a good high street agent can – to focus on the people involved in a transaction and resolve any problems that arise through effective negotiation (and often mediation!)”

 “The Internet does of course have a role to play. Estate agents who embrace this technology, as we do, now have the widest marketing platform at their disposal. For example, we have invested in an interactive TV channel (bernardsea.tv) to promote videos of our clients’ properties and we work hard to maintain and enhance an extensive presence on social media. We have more Facebook followers than any other agent in this area.

“Our ambition is to grow our business further. We will continue to support our local community by providing a quality service, bringing continued local employment and supporting charitable events.”

We are marking our 30th anniversary year by giving away a free bottle of bubbly to anyone that places their property on the market (and goes on to sell) with us, from May 1st to December 31st 2018.