Portico
Dulwich, London, SE22
4.3/5, 69 reviews
87% recommended
100% sales valuation accuracy
100% sales fee satisfaction

“We saw four estate agents. Barring one, the initial meeting ......”

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Nov 17,2013
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Nov 17,2013
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We saw four estate agents. Barring one, the initial meeting was positive with all. Honestly it was a toss-up between Bushells and one other. I guess instinct chose for me. Rachel Sweeney came to the house and was polite, professional and not pushy at all. She listened to what we wanted and explained the terms simply. My one concern was to be able to deal with one primary person in the agency I chose. I did not want to be passed around the staff. Rachel promised that and kept to her promise.

We knew we had a fairly decent flat with a freehold and good transport links etc. but were shocked by the market and totally unaware how desperate people were to buy in the area. We hoped for a certain price but that was far exceeded. We started to realise how lucky we were when 10 very solid offers came in after the first open viewing, all over the asking. At that point I realised how ridiculous the notion of handling the sale ourselves was. We had considered selling privately but suddenly you appreciate the value of having people thoroughly checked out financially, and managing bids in what turned out to be practically an auction. It all seemed plain sailing until our lovely buyer decided to leave for China a couple of days before the exchange with no more than a one line email to his lawyer. We had our own mortgage offer and proposed purchase then hanging in the balance while already having committed all the money to the sale / purchase that you do, i.e. a lot! Rachel had to make that call and inform me. I wasn't thrilled by the news. She handled everything calmly and with sympathy and understanding. Most importantly she handled it extremely professionally, immediately going back to other bidders and calling in new potential buyers for viewings. Within a week we had sold again (yes, we were very lucky, we know) and at exactly the same price. It was handled perfectly by Rachel and Bushells as a team.

Our second buyer, being a nervous first-time buyer and guided by a difficult solicitor then posed us a lot of questions, unnecessary delays and bumps in the road. Selling is a negotiation and you do accept that but sometimes people act ridiculous, quibbling over tiny things when there's so much more at stake. Despite two very quick actual "sales" the whole process for us took 6 months from the first meeting with Rachel. The final two weeks were pretty stressful and it looked again like the sale (and our resultant purchase) would all fall through. We had pressure for both sides but again, Rachel and Kim at Bushells were terrific, guiding us through the process, reassuring us and most crucially, using their experience to nudge people to where they had to be to make the deal happen. In these final few weeks we learned that we were expecting our first child which added to the feeling that we had to move. Our own mortgage offer had a few weeks only to run and we probably wouldn't have re-qualified. It felt very tense and you do lose some sense of perspective because it feels like everything at the time. I'm not sure we would have have got there and completed without the focus and attention given by Rachel Sweeney. There were crucial moments were she had to intervene and edge things toward an exchange and she was always dependable and always available. We are now very happy in our new home thanks to an excellent solicitor (yes, incredible but actually true), a lot of luck and the hard work, kept promises and attention to detail of Rachel and Kim at Bushells, Lordship Lane in Dulwich.
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Portico
94 Lordship Lane
Dulwich,London
Greater London
SE22 8HF
020 8299 6066

Performance statistics
Services Valuation Accuracy Fees Satisfaction Min Price of property reviewed Max Price of property reviewed
Sales 100% 100% £380,000 £380,000
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From Landlords From Tenants From Vendors From Buyers Other
12 1 17 6 20 0 11 0 0 2
Areas covered
  • SE5
  • SE15
  • SE22
  • SE23
  • SE24
  • SE27
Services offered
  • Sales
  • Lettings
  • Block Management
  • Surveys
  • Conveyancing
  • Mortgage Advice
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“Company is going bankrupt...”

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Jun 26,2020
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It looks like they're in bankruptcy; they're unable to return deposits to their tenants and telling lies to make up deductions....
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“Will never use their rental service again...”

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Sep 19,2019
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Sep 19,2019
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Renting with this company meant nothing was maintained whilst living there. Now they're over a month on waiting for my deposit to be returned, called today as it was promised to be paid by - they responded by stating "hopefully your call will be returned ...
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“Awful...”

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Jun 28,2018
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By: 'Anon'
Jun 28,2018
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Awful customer service from this branch - absolutely incompetent 'estate agents' who hound you for information that has already been sitting in their office for days. A pity they don't have more than a few brain cells to rub together in order to carry out ...
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“Currently highly disappointed with Portico, shocking customer service from our ......”

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By: 'Mada_K'
Mar 05,2018
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Currently highly disappointed with Portico, shocking customer service from our property manager at their head office in Kentish Town. No communication at all, totally unbelievable! There are issues at our property which we have been trying to solve for months and no one seems to ...
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By: Julia Stewart
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Agreed. I know of at least one contractor who left because of non payment. Their maintenance department is a joke. ...

“Agent refused to deal with issues internally so this is ......”

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Nov 21,2017
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By: 'MarkW'
Nov 21,2017
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Agent refused to deal with issues internally so this is why a review is being left. * Refused to deal with complaint internally. * When agent looked at property he said he would have it rented within 10 days but 21 days later he didn't have a single offer. * ...
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The fees were fine, although we never needed them.
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“My boyfriend and I looked at several properties with Jasmine. ......”

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Apr 30,2017
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By: 'CH'
Apr 30,2017
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My boyfriend and I looked at several properties with Jasmine. She is super sweet, patient, and really works with you to understand what you're looking for. She's very responsive and always follows up, but without being pushy. We would definitely recommend going with Jasmine to ...
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“Both Jasmine and Steve were very helpful and efficient with ......”

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Apr 28,2016
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Apr 28,2016
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Both Jasmine and Steve were very helpful and efficient with any query I had. Many thanks to bothj of them in finding my flat....
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“Agent* I found really rode ,not polite,did not respect,......”

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Nov 19,2015
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By: 'Kristina'
Nov 19,2015
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Agent* I found really rode ,not polite,did not respect,me at all as a customer.I was looking for a flat,to rent. She did not want to listen,to my needs,at all.I asked,about quiet residential road,but,she did not ...
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She,should have,more respect,for a costumers,she needs,to learn,to listen to client needs.Jasmine should value,her customers.She needs,to STOP in being rude,with customers.
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“Worst agents you'll ever come across! High costs and Terrible ......”

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Aug 04,2015
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By: 'Saurabh'
Aug 04,2015
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Worst agents you'll ever come across! High costs and Terrible services is what they provide. I have dealt with about 5 representatives from the same company, as every other representative seem to leave the job in every 2 months or so. To be fair on employees, if ...
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Agent should have been more responsive and should value its customers.
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“This agent responded quickly to our enquiry and made appointments ......”

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Jul 29,2015
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By: 'LO123'
Jul 29,2015
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This agent responded quickly to our enquiry and made appointments at our convenience. They have been friendly and helpful at all stages of the process. Our agent, Jasmine, has made us feel very looked after, and has kept us updated on all developments, whilst making ...
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The fees seem quite high, even if the service provided was excellent. Portico charged around ‚£900 in all, which is a lot of money for a short let.
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“A lot more professional and slicker service than estate agents ......”

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Jul 14,2015
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By: 'JS'
Jul 14,2015
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A lot more professional and slicker service than estate agents I have dealt with before. As a new tenant, they have been very thorough in terms of timescales, saying exactly what is needed and explaining the process. Also responded quickly to any queries. Would definitely ...
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“Having tried to view a property with this agent, he ......”

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Mar 08,2015
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Mar 08,2015
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Having tried to view a property with this agent, he has twice cancelled at short notice, without even bothering to ring to notify me. Terribly poor service from Bushells....
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Not cancelled bookings at short notice by email.
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“We rented our flat from Bushells' earlier this month. I ......”

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Nov 11,2014
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By: 'Kate'
Nov 11,2014
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We rented our flat from Bushells' earlier this month. I am always wary of letting agents but I found Cherie and Will to be fantastic. They were helpful, quick to respond and facilitated our letting without any delays. I was pleased with the level of ...
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Obviously it is a lot of money and would rather not have to pay them as its often not the case when you go direct through a landlord. Also working in housing myself I know the true cost of such checks/fees. However, having said that I can say that I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the letting and the inventory check when we moved into the flat.
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“I have just rented through Bushells for the second time ......”

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Nov 11,2014
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By: 'Jo'
Nov 11,2014
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I have just rented through Bushells for the second time in a couple of years. We did look around at other properties with other agents, but were let down constantly by bad service and agents lying about properties. We went back to Jasmine at Bushells ...
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“BUSHELLS ARE HORRIFIC!!!!!THEY LIED AND PUT US IN A ......”

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Nov 03,2014
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By: 'Antoinette'
Nov 03,2014
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BUSHELLS ARE HORRIFIC!!!!! THEY LIED AND PUT US IN A LONG TERM TENANCY UNDER FALSE PRETENCES! My husband and I rented a bottom floor flat from Bushells. We specified we wanted a garden for our dogs as well as needed to know about any noise ...
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DONT TRUST JASMINE ELLINGTON, WILLIAM DAVIES OR ANDRIES NEOPHYTOU
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We are disappointed that you felt the need to post this review; our Lettings Director has personally dealt with the negotiations on your behalf and is in the process of agreeing the deed of surrender with the Landlord who lives abroad, as per your request. This has been the priority since the issue was brought to our attention and communication has been immediate at all times. ...

“I used Bushells to find myself a flat in South ......”

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Jun 25,2014
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Jun 25,2014
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I used Bushells to find myself a flat in South East London. I approached them via an advert I saw on Zoopla, but following that they were in touch quickly to arrange (and subsequently rearrange) a viewing of that property. The process after deciding I ...
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“Mark Davidson was fantastic from the start. His excitement and ......”

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Dec 05,2013
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Dec 05,2013
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Mark Davidson was fantastic from the start. His excitement and energy was something that I was drawn into. I would recommend him and Bushells to anyone looking to sell....
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“Tembi Ryan acted as liason between myself and the existing ......”

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Nov 27,2013
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By: 'John'
Nov 27,2013
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Tembi Ryan acted as liason between myself and the existing Tenant regarding Contract renewal. Due to some changes regarding the Contract content, this was not a straight forward process and involved much diplomacy and patience on her part - not to mention a lot of ...
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By: Peter
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When they were Edmund Cude they had a website portal for landlords where one could check the status of repairs, get rental statements, etc. But that disappeared as they transitioned into Portico. They told landlords the site was simply being revamped. But that appears not to be true. They refuse to address this. I have decided to retain another firm because I no longer trust them. ...

“We saw four estate agents. Barring one, the initial meeting ......”

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Nov 17,2013
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By: 'Brendan'
Nov 17,2013
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We saw four estate agents. Barring one, the initial meeting was positive with all. Honestly it was a toss-up between Bushells and one other. I guess instinct chose for me. Rachel Sweeney came to the house and was polite, professional and not pushy at all. ...
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“very good service from both Ashley (when I was looking ......”

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Oct 16,2013
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By: 'Patricia'
Oct 16,2013
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very good service from both Ashley (when I was looking for new tenants in September 2012) and Tembi (when renegociating the rent in September 2013). Whenever I have a question Ashley, whom I've been used to dealing with over the years, is always very reactive....
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“The tenancy on my property was up for review and ......”

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Jul 30,2013
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By: 'Gordon'
Jul 30,2013
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The tenancy on my property was up for review and Tembi handled the whole renewal - from appraisal to negotiation to contracting - very smoothly. This is crucial to me since I live overseas. Very happy....
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“I fairly recently renewed my contract with my existing tennants. ......”

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Jul 09,2013
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By: 'Aaron'
Jul 09,2013
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I fairly recently renewed my contract with my existing tennants. Tembi successfully ensured the new rent achieved was higher than I'd suggested. Other than this the process was painless and very professionally handled. I have continued to get great service from Bushells from Carla Bartley, ...
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“Thanks to the staff at Bushells, selling our house was ......”

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Apr 30,2013
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By: 'Graeme'
Apr 30,2013
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Thanks to the staff at Bushells, selling our house was easy and a pleasure. Initially, I asked three agents to visit my house for a valuation. Liz Marshall of Bushells was the only one of the three who took an interest in us and our ...
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“Bushells provided an excellent service & keprt me well informed at ......”

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Apr 26,2013
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Apr 26,2013
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Bushells provided an excellent service & keprt me well informed at each stage of the selling process. They were approachable & friendly....
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“Very friendly, helpful & informative service from Sam. Helped us move ......”

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Apr 24,2013
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By: 'Dominic'
Apr 24,2013
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Very friendly, helpful & informative service from Sam. Helped us move the process along quickly despite landlord being away. provided additional information....
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“We have used this branch of Bushells for many years ......”

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Apr 08,2013
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By: 'KS'
Apr 08,2013
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We have used this branch of Bushells for many years and have found Ashley and her predecessor, Richard, very efficient and helpful in many ways....
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“Rachel and Liz were both really helpful throughout the entire ......”

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Apr 08,2013
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By: 'Emily'
Apr 08,2013
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Rachel and Liz were both really helpful throughout the entire purchase process of our house. Liz was very helpful via email and Rachel really went out of her way to help, even going to the property to take measurements for a sofa, after I had ...
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“We've had a few bad experiences with agents in London ......”

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Jan 25,2013
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By: 'ChrisCam'
Jan 25,2013
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We've had a few bad experiences with agents in London - this was our third move in 7 years - so we approached this one warily. Of the 6 or 7 agents we spoke to for the areas we were looking in (South East London - SE5, SE22, ...
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“I really wanted to say how great the staff were ......”

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Nov 29,2012
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By: 'Mrs'
Nov 29,2012
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I really wanted to say how great the staff were at the Bushells Sales office in Dulwich. The service we received whilst our house was on the market was first class. The staff, especially Rachel, remained in constant contact with us, accompanying every viewing and ...
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“Rachel Sweeney at Bushells has been great in helping me ......”

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Nov 28,2012
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Nov 28,2012
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Rachel Sweeney at Bushells has been great in helping me with my purchase: she has always updated me on progress,regularly checking in, as well as explaining the different stage of the process which was much appreciated as I am a first time buyer. She's ...
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