Time-poor family with a large search area, looking for their forever home

Why they came to Stacks

Mr & Mrs J work full-time at time-intensive careers, and were unable to dedicate the time needed to properly househunt in a large geographical area. Wondering about whether to apply to ‘Location, Location, Location’, they found Stacks online and were thrilled to discover that Property Finding was ‘a real service!’.


What they were looking for

Mr & Mrs J were looking along the A34, and the M40 for their forever family home. Externally, they were flexible, but Mr J came from farming stock, so a large plot on the edge of a village was preferred. They required annexe accommodation for parents eventually, but would be used for friends in the short-term. Schooling options were vital, as was an easy daily commute into London.


What the local area could offer

The search area traversed three of Stacks’ regions, and the advantages of each area – Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire – were explored thoroughly. The eventual location, Byfield a thriving village 8 miles from Banbury on the borders of Warks, Oxon and Northants, found an ideal blend of rural beauty, conveniently close to family, an easy commute from Banbury to Marylebone in under an hour, and the amount of sqft available for their money sold it to the J family.


How Stacks helped

Stacks’ work demonstrated how far north they could be (ie how near to family they could be) whilst still having their commute criteria met, and in addition the sheer value for money of property in the Northamptonshire / Oxfordshire borders meant that the search area could be refined. When a house came on the market in that area therefore, they were instantly able to instruct Stacks to preview it that day. That led to an evening viewing for the family after work later that week, knowing that it was going to be a worthwhile journey. Meanwhile, all the factors identified as important to the family – schooling, the commute, village amenities – were examined and found to be very satisfactory. A swift negotiation and legal process ensued to a successful conclusion.


The happy outcome

Mr & Mrs J moved at the end of the school term to their new house, an edge of village property, with a two bed annexe and 2 acres of grounds. The children met new friends over the summer holidays in the village, and settled into their new school in the September with ease. The friendliness of the village was an added bonus, and a new social life was quickly established with a wide group of families.


How Stacks made a difference

“The knowledge that there were multiple Stacks Directors working on our behalf, getting in touch with estate agents and previewing homes, ensuring that only real contenders needed to be viewed by us, removed so much of the pressure. The geographic coverage and variety of properties we viewed quickly allowed us to prioritise our wishlist, so when we viewed “the one” there was no doubt in our minds about being ready to commit.

“If you are used to delegating for your work or business, you will be comfortable delegating the time-consuming work of house-hunting to Stacks, and you won’t regret it.”

If you are too busy to dedicate enough time to your househunt, delegate the drudge work to Stacks Property Search and allow them to help you find, secure and move into your forever family home this year. Contact your local Regional Director to find out more about the possibilities for your property search.

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