Family of 5, young children

Why they came to Stacks

Mr and Mrs S were looking to move from a village in the Reading area and had just missed out on a house that they were very keen to buy. Mrs S grew up in the South West and was keen to bring up her young family in Devon, and send them to Blundells School.


What they were looking for

They were looking for a 5 – 6 bedroom house, in a rural position, large garden, views, land for ponies, office space and close to the right schools and a mainline station.


What the local area offer could offer

The area around Tiverton lies to the North of Exeter and West of Taunton in the scenic and sought after Exe Valley. Tiverton Parkway provides a fast link to London if needed, and it is only 30 minutes form Exeter. There is a wide range of housing stock both rural and in popular villages. A beautiful place to live and to be within easy reaches of the rest of Devon.


How Stacks helped

The first property of interest was a listed thatched farmhouse, with 12 acres, views and close to Exeter. However, the land was sloped, and the house itself had an impractical layout that would cost money to improve. As it was at the top of the budget range already this didn’t make sense.

Armed with this knowledge we soon found a much more practical house; an Old Vicarage within the Blundells local fees discount zone, with a good sized garden, outbuildings and a farmer who was happy to rent the adjoining field for the ponies.

Stacks Devon & Somerset was able to advise our clients throughout the Best & Final offers process to a successful conclusion.


The happy outcome

The family moved in shortly after their offer was accepted, as the vendors had moved away for their work, and the property was sold with vacant possession.


How Stacks made a difference

  • Being based locally, we could view houses in advance collect and deliver our clients from the station.
  • Understanding why the first property didn’t appeal as strongly to both partners, and finding the solution that did.
  • Alerted early that the property had come back onto the market.
  • Use our close relationship with the selling agent to understand the vendor’s needs, and timings.
  • Understand which were the best villages within the School catchment area.
  • Locate the local farmer and ask whether he’d rent his field to our client.
  • Use our negotiation skills to increase our clients’ offer by just enough to come out on top


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