A New Life in the Country

Why they came to Stacks:

Mrs F who was living in south west London had been searching for a property for many months in mid Suffolk within easy reach of her sister but had no luck working with numerous estate agents. She decided that she needed help and that a property finder would be the obvious way forward.

I came into the buying process with some trepidation but asking Stacks in Suffolk to act for me was a really good decision.” 

What the local area could offer:

The area she loved is blessed with beautiful rolling countryside with a mix of farmland, woodland and designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is situated between the magnificent cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds and the wonderful beaches on the Suffolk coast where you can visit the towns of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge.

Good properties in this area of Suffolk with her criteria can be had for around £600,000.

What they were looking for:

She was looking for a 4 bedroom house with a good sized garden and didn’t mind a little renovation work. She would have liked an annexe for income, not too isolated, not thatch, setting and location were very important.

“Recently, I looked back at the wish list I put together before I first contacted you. Back then, I remember feeling doubtful about how much of what I wanted was realistic or achievable, and steeling myself to be ready to make lots of compromises.

How Stacks helped:

With our wide knowledge of the area and with the help of our ‘little black book’ full of useful contacts of estate agents and local professionals such as surveyors etc. we managed to find a beautiful old former vicarage which required a little work but nothing major.

Gillie and I viewed several properties in advance and made videos of each one before our lovely client made the special journey to see them. She wasn’t 100% certain that they were right for her but it soon became clear that a good sized garden was right at the top of her list.

The happy outcome:

After 14 weeks since having her offer accepted we were able to hand over the keys to the property. We recognise that the big move can be incredibly stressful. So having checked that the house was ready to move into, meters read and all the vendor’s belongings removed we presented her with a lovely bottle of welcoming champagne

“I came into the buying process with some trepidation but asking Stacks in Suffolk to act for me was a really good decision. You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way. Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now! With love to you both”

How Stacks made a difference:

It’s not just about finding off market properties. It’s about very carefully listening to our clients’ wishes and establishing how they want to live their lives. We have sometimes pointed our clients in unexpected directions by gently suggesting things they might not have considered and they end up falling in love with a property with a completely different set of criteria.

It’s also about knowing the right solicitors, insurers and surveyors for the job. After all, we know what a stressful business property buying can be (we’ve been there) and

 that our clients may have made one of the biggest decisions in their lives especially if they are relocating to an unfamiliar area and maybe taking retirement. Our calm professional support steering them through the inevitable hiccups and pitfalls will be crucial in reducing the stress.

We are here for you!

If you’re considering moving but are unsure of what and where, contact Stacks today!

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English couple had been living as expats in retirement in Portugal for a number of years and they decided to return to life in England.

A young couple looking for a forever home close to Colchester

Mr L did not want to trouble his children with his downsizing struggles, and looked for Househunting help on the internet, finding Stacks had a Regional Director who lived in his area.

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    “You showed fantastic attention to detail, anticipated all eventualities, and provided timely and practical help and guidance every step of the way.  Above all, you supported me in making my own considered decisions, and I am so grateful to you for all your help in getting me to where I am now!”

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