Keep up to date with what’s going on at Pearsons and in our surrounding communities across Hampshire.

Congratulations to Yasmine Knight

  • 1 May, 2015

Yasmine Knight, a Romsey based Lettings Manager with Pearsons has successfully passed her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Lettings and Property Management.  This well respected award is not only a nationally recognised industry qualification, but is also accepted for membership of the Association of Residential Lettings Agent (ARLA) which is a professional, self regulating body specialising in raising and maintaining practise standards in the UK private rental sector.

Yasmine Knight of Pearsons said:  "I decided to start studying for my professional qualifications as I wanted to demonstrate that my knowledge of the lettings industry, gained through many years of experience  was up to standard and I could gain the credibility of being part of a well respected professional body.  I am thrilled that the hard work has paid off and I have secured a technical award.  For me, not only is it a personal achievement but evidence of our professionalism as an agency, showing our clients that they are dealing with someone who is knowledgeable and who they can trust to do a good job."

Director of Lettings, Simon Pinkney, who works alongside Yasmine Knight at Pearsons said:  "We could not be more proud of Yasmine's achievement.  We strongly believe landlords and tenants alike, benefit from using property professionals, able to provide good advice, when letting or renting a home."

Yasmine Knight is amongst the steadily growing number of agents across the UK who are working with ARLA and the NFoPP awarding body to become qualified and raise standards within their field.

David Cox, ARLA Managing Director, states:  "I heartily congratulate Yasmine Knight on her achievement and welcome her to ARLA membership.  In an industry where standards can vary greatly between member and non member agents and agencies, obtaining this Level 3 Technical Award represents not only Yasmine Knight's dedication to developing as an agent but also her commitment to working to the high industry standards which ARLA seeks to promote.  Yasmine Knight now holds a qualification which is well respected and valid within the Residential Lettings Sector.

The Launch of Pearsons Meon Valley

  • 17 April, 2015

One of Hampshire's oldest established companies is launching a new service dedicated to promoting properties in the Meon Valley.

Pearsons Meon Valley will see properties covered by five offices that surround the whole area, complemented by their associated Park Lane London office.  This is a unique service that will see every instruction received actively promoted by each Pearsons office.  The offices are all staffed by vastly experienced property professionals, from Clanfield and Denmead in the east of the region, Fareham historically known as the market town of the Meon Valley, West End to the western side and Winchester to the north.  Sales Director Mark Gilbert commented, "We are very aware that exposure to the widest audience will guarantee the best price for our clients, and that Pearsons offices are uniquely situated enabling us to offer a service that no other agent can offer.  Through our own Country & Individual Homes Department and links to the London market via The Guild of Professional Estate Agents, we believe that our marketing, steadfast commitment to an excellence in customer service and vastly experienced staff will make us a natural choice for the people of the Meon Valley when selling their most prized possession."

All properties will benefit from superior full colour sales particulars, including floor plans, advertising in all regional property publications as well as our own website, as well as other major portals, including the new

As Pearsons are a multi-disciplined company, all property requirements are catered for, from the sale, letting and management of residential property to surveys and valuation, property auctions, land and new homes and independent financial advice.

For all your property requirements, contact Pearsons Meon Valley on 01489 808775.

Reach the London Market

  • 10 April, 2015

The surge of London homeowners who have made the decision to cash in on rocketing property prices and seek a life in a less crowded environment away from the capital is continuing unabated.

According to a 2014 report in the Guardian, 'Londoners had bought 44,000 properties worth a total of £15bn outside the capital - the highest level in terms of both volume and value since 2007'.  Now Pearsons is reaching out to other homeowners who are keen to move to pastures new, thanks to a powerful presence in its associated London office in Park Lane.

The Pearsons' portfolio of Country & Individual Homes is often  the first stop for discerning househunters looking for properties to buy or sell in a special setting or with a distinctive character, so placing these available homes within reach of a market that is placing increasing value on lifestyle and quality of living is a logical step - as Paul Darvill, Associate Director of Pearsons, reveals.

"We often talk to prospective buyers from London," says Paul.  "Their motivation for a move away from the capital is usually the result of a lifestyle choice; parents want a better quality of life for themselves and their children with good quality schooling and traditional values and, in many cases, a rural setting that puts safety and the great outdoors first."

This is great news for vendors across the Pearsons' branch network; having a shop window that's seen by thousands of househunters in one of London's busiest and most select areas will undoubtedly secure more interest from buyers who are looking for exactly the type of properties that feature in our Country & Individual Homes selection.

Talk to Paul Darvill to find out how your property can be seen by prospective buyers across London.  01794 514516. 

Investment Landlords Evenings at Southampton & Southsea

  • 8 April, 2015

Investment Landlords Evenings
Wednesday 22 April, 3pm–7pm

at our London Road office, Southampton and at our Marmion Road office, Southsea

Pearsons have Investment clients looking to expand their portfolios and on 22 April we will be holding a dedicated Investment Landlord event
at two of our offices.

If you would like your properties included in this event please contact us to arrange an appraisal and discuss the potential marketing options.
Our local knowledge will help identify the best investment strategy for you.

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Top Negotiator joins the Southsea Team

  • 24 March, 2015

Holly Blair has joined the Team at Pearsons successful Southsea office after a record breaking year as the Senior Lettings Negotiator at their Central Southampton Branch and achieving the accolade of Lettings Negotiator of the Year. Holly is no stranger though to Southsea, having family connections with the area and now living in Old Portsmouth. Holly has over four years’ experience in Lettings, having started her career in Fareham and has seen rapid advancement, culminating in her new position.

Holly said of her new role “I am so grateful for the experiences that I had in the incredibly busy Southampton office and really enjoyed my time there, but I am hugely looking forward to the opportunities and growing the business in the Southsea Office”

If you are considering renting, or have a property to let in the Portsmouth area please call Holly on 023 92297878 or pop in and see her at our 35 Marmion Road offices.

Romsey, historic market town

  • 22 January, 2015

Romsey is known for being one of the oldest market towns in Hampshire, as well as having one of the best examples of Norman architecture in history: Romsey Abbey.

The market town of Romsey is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England.
Romsey lies on the River Test, the pure chalk stream that’s famous for its abundance of brown trout. The Test Way is a 44-mile trail that allows you to walk along the banks of the river and enjoy its profusion of wildlife.

As the river flows by the town it passes Romsey Abbey, one of the best examples of Norman architecture in Europe. Founded in the 10th-century by Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great, it was a Benedictine monastery for nuns that had many royal connections.

Opposite the Abbey is King John’s House, the main building of a medieval complex dating back to 1240 – it’s one of England’s oldest surviving dwellings. Henry de Blois, Bishop of Winchester, built most of the Abbey you see today between 1120 and 1130 though traces of an earlier Saxon church can still be seen.

Nowadays, the Abbey acts as a parish church for the town with a lively calendar of events, activities, concerts and services held throughout the year. The Abbey is also the last resting place of Lord Louis Mountbatten. As you walk south from Romsey you can see Broadlands, the grand Palladian-style mansion that was once the home of Lord Mountbatten and is now open to the public during summer months.

Markets past and present

As well as these historical attractions, Romsey is also known for being one of the oldest market towns in Hampshire. King Henry I granted Romsey its first charter. This allowed a market to be held every Sunday and a four-day annual fair each year in May.

Today, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets continues this tradition by holding a market in the town on the first Sunday of each month. Romsey’s Alma Road Car Park is transformed on these days as over thirty stallholders take their places to sell an enticing assortment of produce. Visitor numbers can exceed 3500 on a busy day as people flock to buy meat, fish, cheese, bread, cakes, cider and wine.

As well as the popular Sunday Farmers’ Market, the Cornmarket holds regular weekly street markets on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. And once a year, the Cornmarket also plays host to the Beggars Fair – a lively one-day festival that has been running since 1993. With the aim of showcasing the best of local talent, Romsey comes alive as folk, jazz, blues and world music, dance displays, and children’s entertainment are performed on streets and venues across the town.

It’s a delight to stroll through these streets with their charming shops, restaurants and cafés. The Abbey, King John’s House and the Town Hall are all within five minutes walk of each other. The surrounding charms of the nearby Test River and the New Forest go to make Romsey one of the most attractive towns in Hampshire.

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Bungalow’s sale was in the bag!

  • 13 January, 2015

In summer 2014, Pearsons Romsey received instructions to sell a bungalow in Durban Close. Sales Agent Mari Glover immediately contacted Mr and Mrs Lomax, who had registered to receive details of similar properties, and arranged a viewing.

Before they went to look at the bungalow, Mr and Mrs Lomax popped into their local household recycling centre to dispose of some garden waste, and a friendly stranger offered them a green garden waste bag that he had been using while tidying up the garden of a recently deceased relative.

By a strange quirk of fate, the garden in question was attached to the bungalow that Mr and Mrs Lomax were due to see – and subsequently bought!

Top 10 Tips for valuations and viewings

  • 6 January, 2015

An estate agent valuing your property has the experience to look beyond the superficial to see the worth of your home. They’ll soon tell you if there are easy to fix issues that would make your house more appealing in the eyes of potential buyers.

We all have different tastes and styles when it comes to decorating our homes. Therefore, when it’s time to market your property, there’s probably no point in making dramatic changes, as choices in décor or layout will always be subjective.

Nevertheless, if there are straightforward steps you can take that will broaden the appeal of your house, it may be worth considering them. Jeremy Beckingsale gives his top ten tips on how to show your home to its best advantage to viewers.

1. Exteriors: first impressions count
Take an objective look at the outside of your property and if it’s looking a little run down, evaluate the extent of work needed to smarten it up. Simple jobs like cleaning fascia boards or applying a quick lick of paint to flaky woodwork can give exteriors an instant facelift.

2. Garden makeover
We’re not talking about major landscaping, just taming overgrown areas. Mowing the lawn and pulling up weeds from paving won’t take long and can make a world of difference.

3. Remove obstacles
It’s best not to make your prospective buyer jump over hurdles. This may mean moving children’s play things, pets’ toys and baskets, bicycles or sports items.

4. Ensure rooms smell fresh
Strong cooking odours or lingering pet smells can be off-putting. Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate and install discreet air fresheners.

5. Clear clutter
Potential buyers will expect to see the usual ornaments and knick-knacks. However, too much clutter can be a distraction. A clear out of unwanted items will not only make space it will save time when you come to move.

6. Open up the view
Moving unused items of furniture can open up a room and make it look more spacious. If an area is too crowded viewers may struggle to appreciate the true dimensions of a room.

7. Let in light
Maximise the amount of natural light coming into your house by making sure all curtains and blinds are fully open. Cut back overgrown trees or shrubs if they obscure light.

8. Brighten a dull room
If a room is a little dark give the impression of brightness by using higher wattage light bulbs. Or paint the walls in pale colours and add mirrors to provide reflected light.

9. Leave the building
Your home is, of course, personal to you, and sometimes this can make prospective buyers feel awkward. They may refrain from too much discussion in front of you, but not feel the same restraint with an impartial agent. They are likely to spend longer viewing and ask more questions (giving the agent the opportunity to respond to any concerns) if you’re not there.

10. Trust your estate agent
Experienced estate agents know what they’re doing. They will have sold numerous properties in the past, so why not trust them to sell your house rather than trying to do it yourself.

Thinking of selling your home? Pearsons offer free and impartial advice and valuations – arming you with the information you need to make that big decision. So if you’re considering moving, why not give us a call and have a no obligation chat. Find your local office here.

Make the most of your garden this winter

  • 12 December, 2014

As the nights draw in and days get shorter you may think it’s all over in the garden for this year, however...

There is still plenty to do in preparation for the new season. Now is the time to clear away the old and prepare for the new. Ensure you remove aging foliage and vegetation to avoid rot on the ground.

As autumn leaves fall on the dying plants of summer, it’s the perfect time to think about building a compost heap or incorporating a compost converter into your garden. Composting is a great way to turn household scraps and garden waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser. Weeds, leaves, vegetable scraps, cut flowers, and even newspapers and coffee grounds can all be composted.

It’s an ideal time to dig over empty beds and work in some fertiliser. This will give your soil a nutrient boost over winter, preparing it for fresh planting in spring.

Winter is also a good time to make plans. As plants die back and leaves fall from the trees, you can see the landscape of your garden more clearly. Areas that were full of life during the spring and summer may now be looking rather dull.

If you’re looking for planting ideas to bring colour and interest during the colder months, it’s worth visiting the Winter Garden at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey. A walk around this stunning Winter Garden will provide inspiration for both seasoned and novice gardeners. It is situated close to the Visitor Pavilion and contains more than 650 different winter plants. These species show that winter needn’t be a quiet time for gardens as these plants are at their best from November until March.

In early 2014, the Winter Garden was extended and now covers around 4 acres making it one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe. Many new plants have been added including 500 cyclamen tubers that were planted as ground cover.

A new large bed has been planted with Salix (willow) and Cornus (dogwoods) with extra height provided by existing birch trees. This simple combination of just four or five plant groups creates a highly effective welcoming scene.

The Winter Garden’s innovative planting schemes draw on a bold palette of bark, coloured stems, scent and foliage to give visual interest, as well as fragrance and texture. There’s plenty on show for visitors to enjoy and gardeners to emulate.

Pictured: snowdrops and cyclamen and the Winter Garden at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey.

For more information on the Winter Garden and opening times visit