Meet the Team

Darren Somaiya

Darren Somaiya (MARLA) - Director

Email: darren@portlandestateagents.co.uk

Clients are always our focus. I’ve been in estate agency for many years, the last 10 in this area. Ambition drove me to start Portland Estate Agents, and it also drives me to always want to get things right for our clients. I believe in being open and honest, and I pay a lot of attention to details in order to give each client a personal service. I still get excited over a deal, and that will never change. I enjoy going on holidays exploring new places and meeting new people, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Andrew Cumming

Andrew Cumming (MARLA) - Senior Management

Email: andrew@portlandestateagents.co.uk

Unbelievably, I have been involved with property for almost 30 years and have seen many changes to the industry within this time. I'd always had an interest in buildings, sparked by many visits to country houses as a child so an industry where I get to see the best (and worst) that London has to offer seemed an obvious choice. I started my journey as a Junior Negotiator and have worked my way through corporate and independent agencies to a position of Management - I have enjoyed each role I've occupied immensely. My patience, diplomacy, and tenacity sit well in the industry, and I now relish the opportunities provided to pass my experience and advice to the team and to our clients. Outside work I enjoy a game of golf when I can, but my baby girl now rightly demands any free time that presents itself.

Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson - Sales Manager

Email: henry@portlandestateagents.co.uk

I started my estate agency career aged 17 back in my hometown in Northamptonshire before moving over to London and working my way up the ranks. Focused on providing my clients with great results is what has kept me in agency all these years. I take great pride in knowing that my approach and strategies deliver time and time again. I have been working in Willesden for 3 Years and love the hidden gems it has to offer. Outside of work I enjoy exploring the huge mix of bars and restaurants that London has to offer.

Paul Burlem

Paul Burlem - Sales Consultant

Email: paul@portlandestateagents.co.uk

Having started in estate agency sales as a fresh-faced teenager, my passion and enthusiasm for all things property related hasn't waned. I find it very satisfying getting to know my clients and, as every property transaction is different, guiding them through each step of the process, to a successful conclusion. There are very few things that I haven't come across in my 30+ years in the industry, and I'm always happy to help and advise where I can. In my spare time, I can be found with my head in a book as I decided a couple of years ago to undertake an Open University degree.

Dani Davey

Dani Davey - Office/Property Manager

Email: dani@portlandestateagents.co.uk

I am a natural problem-solver and love helping people. I have worked in property for the past 7 years in various different roles, but property management has always been my calling. As a property manager I am constantly learning and having to adapt to ever increasing changes in legislation. It's a busy and pressured role but it keeps me on my toes and I can guarantee I will never be bored! Part of my role involves working in the background to keep things moving along smoothly for the office as a whole and I am a sort of 'central hub' for Portland Estate Agents, collating and organising information to help keep things ticking over efficiently and accurately. In my free time I'm an avid reader and cat-lover, and I also enjoy learning to cook new things and keeping my fitness in check at the gym.

Rebecca Arkle

Rebecca Arkle - Property Manager and Office Administrator

Email: pm@portlandestateagents.co.uk

I have been within the property industry for 5 years now, having started my property career with a large corporate agency, working at their head office. Whilst here, I received extensive training in Property Maintenance. From here I moved to a local Agency in my hometown which gave me a great first opportunity of working in a branch and working with both tenants and landlords in person. I wanted to progress into London, my first job within London area was in Golders Green where I worked for a local company and here experienced not only property maintenance but all aspects of Lettings as well. I have now settled within Portland Estate Agents and am very excited about working alongside the team and watching the company grow. In my spare time I enjoy researching History, this can lead me onto to travel to all areas of the UK and also Europe as well.

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What Our Clients Say...

The guys over at PE were excellent throughout the entire cycle from viewings to signing the contract. They did everything and more to ensure my experience was seamless. Would highly recommend Andrew and the rest of the guys over at Portlands.

Rahul Kumar - Tenant

Professional and friendly service. My first experience using an estate agent could not have gone any better. Always available by phone or email no matter how minutia the question or need is. Within 25 hours they (Andrew) had found me a couple who have already moved in! Strongly recommend their services. Thank you so much to the Portland Team.

Liza Silvanian - Landlord

Darren and Andy were excellent at helping us to secure our new home - knowledgeable and sensible, lots of attention to the transaction, and great drive to get us over the line. Thanks both!

David Scott - Buyer

Finally, we sold our flat. It was a roller coaster journey for us-- with the great help of Darren and Andy who were there to guide us along the way (as we are selling our property for the first time) these duos really did a fantastic job of explaining to us and giving us information as we go about with the process. They would call, update us by email, phone and would go extra mile.. I couldnt thank them enough. Thank you Portland Estate Agents. Highly recommended!

Rhodora Requilme - Seller

Very helpful people, I found an amazing house to rent in a short period of time. I have relocated from another country and they helped me a lot.

Anca Novac - Tenant

I would highly recommend Portland Estate Agents. They offered a highly efficient service with clear communication, regular and reliable updates. Offered frank advice in relation to the market which ensured a sale within 5 weeks in this competitive market. The office of Portland estate agents always offered a warm welcome.

Patricia Walsh - Seller

I sold a 3-bedroom house in NW10 area through Portland Estate Agents. I am very satisfied with their service from valuation to sale, and I strongly endorse Portland Estate Agent with high ratings as their service is great and above expected. I would like to thank Darren, for being helpful, always responsive; and highly knowledgeable during the transaction. Thanks team Portland!

Ahmed Al - Seller

A very good company with an exemplary service. Jo Frati, the Property Management looks after me very well and I would recommend them to everybody.

Hisham Alshehatha - Tenant

We rented our flat through Portland and it was a very smooth process. We are 'inexperienced' renters and the whole process was much less stress and time-consuming then expected, Andrew was really helpful, particularly with finding a solution to some reference issues.

Tansy - Tenant

Brilliant service! from start to end, kept giving us updates regarding our purchase. big thanks to Darren for the support throughout the sale! i would highly recommend Portland estate agents!! i will definitely consider using it in the future. Always ready to answer multiple questions and give their expert advice. They have put lots of effort to make it all happen and we finally got there. Thanks for everything! good luck to the Portland team!!!!

Chirague Jamnadas - Buyer

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