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29th February, 2016

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Two years ago they made the difficult decision to move back to the UK and began to research the UK housing market. With an overwhelming selection of properties available and a competitive property market, they turned to jdm Estate Agents for advice. They had their pick of the capital’s properties so find out why they chose Bromley to be their new home....

How did you go about choosing an area to live?
We had a number of criteria: an (affordable!) house with a courtyard/garden, which was close to family, had good links to central London and where we could walk to shops and restaurants. We spoke to lots of agents in and around London but Bromley ticked all the boxes.

How did you find the right house for you?
Being overseas we spent a lot of time on Rightmove and Zoopla. If we saw something we liked the look of we enlisted the help of very generous parents and friends to take a closer look and send over even more photos and videos.

What was the scariest thing about the moving process?
The time in between agreeing that we would purchase the house and actually exchanging contracts felt like a lifetime. We learnt a lot about the conveyancing process and how long it can take – jdm were very experienced and helped guide us through the process. Understanding how everything works and that can allay some of the worry.

Now you're settled in Bromley what is it that you love about it?
It meets all the requirements we had - we can easily walk to 3 supermarkets, heaps of retail shops, restaurants and pubs, and with 2 train lines it's really easy to reach multiple areas of London quickly and easily. 

What are your favourite places to eat and drink?
Havet Turkish restaurant, the Mandarin Palace Chinese restaurant and the Crown and Anchor pub, so far! There are still plenty of places we have yet to try! 

And your favourite shops?
We love the market stalls in Bromley high street, some of the more boutiquey shops in Chislehurst and Bluewater with its vast array of shops is really close too if we need more selection.

Do you have any favourite walks?
Petts Wood is only a 5 minute drive away from us and it feels like you are in the middle of the country. We can’t believe we can be tramping around fields but only 20 minutes by train from London.

What thing have you found out about Bromley that you didn't know before you lived there?
We didn't know about the entertainment complex being built in Bromley South, which will provide more entertainment - a huge cinema and more restaurants. Having now visited lots of other areas in and around London, we also now appreciate how much green space there is in the Borough. That’s something we really hadn’t appreciated before. 

Sum up Bromley in one sentence?
A vibrant and diverse place to live, ideally situated with a lot of potential.

What is your top tip for anyone looking to move in the near future?
Choose an area you love and then choose a great local estate agent to help you get ahead of the game. We adore our house and it's made leaving the sunshine and surf of Sydney worth it – without jdm we would never have found it. 

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  • A buyer in the first week

    I’d been attempting to sell my property through an online only estate agent and whilst I was able to achieve two instructions to purchase none of these went to exchange. I felt that it was the lack lustre approach taken by the online agency that led to the lack of progress. I turned to JDM as I had met them when they originally valued the property and was impressed by their polite and professional manner. I only wish I went with them straight away. We got a buyer in the first week and where JDM stood out was their commitment to see the sale through. JDM dealt with all required access to the property, liaised with the buyer referring any matters to me promptly and were readily available. I really felt supported by them and would have no hesitation in using them again.

    Stefan Channing

  • First Time Buyer

    It was always going to be difficult purchasing a house as a first time buyer. Andrew and the team were so helpful and made the process so much easier than anticipated. Would highly recommend their services!


  • Couldn't Recommend Highly Enough

    Let my property with JDM for 2 years after I moved abroad, they were very helpful throughout the whole process, kept me informed, inspected the premises regularly and managed the whole arbitration process (achieving a positive result for me) when there was a deposit dispute after the tenants moved out. I've just sold the property through them and, again, couldn't fault them. They did a great job of keeping me updated, liaising with the buyers regularly, answering my queries promptly and ensuring everything went as smoothly as it could. Felt they really cared about me and acting in my best interests.

    Matt Smith