Where to begin?

Each search is individual, so there’s no ‘secret formula’ we can give you to make a success of moving back to the UK.

Here we describe how we approach a search for our clients living abroad, which should give you an idea of the time and budget you will have to commit to and the areas you will need to consider.

How long it take to buy my UK house from abroad?

It may be difficult to be leaving your current lifestyle, or you may be desperate to get ‘back home’, but the last thing you want is for you to be under pressure to buy a property with work and family commitments looming. We would encourage you to start thinking and talking and acting as early as you can. We suggest that you start the process two years before your planned move – two years is ‘tomorrow’ in property terms.

How to start the process of moving back to the UK

Dig into ALL the factors that will make a move successful for you – work, school, family, friends, budget. Working out what you need to make your move back to the UK a success for you and your family takes a lot of discussions!

This is a key area in which Stacks has proven invaluable to our clients, as we know the questions to ask to get right to the heart of the matter. Ideally, we meet our clients face-to-face on their next visit to the UK, but time taken – even in the airport, at a motorway service station or at your in-law’s kitchen table – is invaluable at this point. If a visit proves impossible due to your timescale, we suggest having ‘virtual meetings’ by Skype, Facetime or just old-fashioned phone.

How we find and acquire your home while you are abroad

We then get to work, using our agency contacts, looking at and short-listing the best houses for you to see on your next visit here. We deal with all of the ‘organisational admin’ for your visit. We can collect you from the airport, book accommodation, provide sustenance, etc – we do whatever is necessary to allow you to focus on your choices.

NB Some people can – and do – buy ‘sight unseen’ and, whilst we wouldn’t recommend it, the shortest route to a happy purchase is building the trust and understanding with your Stacks professional. We are problem-solvers at heart, and whatever you need to be able to make the right decision, we make it happen.

The due diligence Stacks provides when acquiring your home

Once a good house has been found, we start the due diligence to make sure that we are in the best position to negotiate the best price for you. We will know about the neighbourhood, we can try the commute at rush-hour and compare the competition in the local property market.

Negotiating and progressing the sale

Having secured your property at the right price for you, being local and on the ground, we are the next best thing to being here yourself. We will oversee the survey and conveyancing process, making sure that matters are dealt with, involving you as required, so that you know that you are buying the right property at the right price.

Our client testimonials say that they have found our service absolutely invaluable, as we have saved them time, money and a lot of stress. We have local offices on the ground who know the local properties, the local market and give you the very best advice. Understanding the trials ahead, why would you try and do it yourself?

You may like to read a case study of someone in a similar position to you here, or get in touch with your local Regional Director today for a free no-obligation chat regarding your plans.

 

 

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2018-11-21T12:41:04+00:00
"helped our parents downsize from the family home, in what was a traumatic move for them"
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2018-11-21T13:07:43+00:00
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2018-11-21T13:14:45+00:00
"Well done in taking us to a house we didn’t know we wanted … and then fell in love with!"
"Stacks has been an invaluable source of experience and wisdom on the successful landing of just the right house"
2018-11-21T12:53:20+00:00
"Stacks has been an invaluable source of experience and wisdom on the successful landing of just the right house"
"extremely helpful, knowledgeable and tireless in their efforts to assist us"
2018-11-21T12:33:22+00:00
"extremely helpful, knowledgeable and tireless in their efforts to assist us"
"...took just days to come up with the property that fitted all our criteria"

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Sunday Telegraph

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2018-11-21T13:20:39+00:00
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2018-11-21T13:13:46+00:00
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"carried out with discretion"
2018-11-21T12:28:29+00:00
"carried out with discretion"
"We cannot imagine how long it would have taken us to find our perfect home without Stacks – and we suspect that we would have compromised a long time ago!"
2018-11-21T13:09:36+00:00
"We cannot imagine how long it would have taken us to find our perfect home without Stacks – and we suspect that we would have compromised a long time ago!"
"Despite other interested parties, Stacks were able to help us secure our preferred property."
2018-11-21T12:32:12+00:00
"Despite other interested parties, Stacks were able to help us secure our preferred property."
"They've been a close and very helpful part of our discussions with everybody. When you’re new to a town and an area, that’s priceless."
2018-11-21T12:58:19+00:00
"They've been a close and very helpful part of our discussions with everybody. When you’re new to a town and an area, that’s priceless."
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2018-11-21T13:10:27+00:00
"We love the house and cannot wait to move in and get settled."
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2018-11-21T12:50:28+00:00
"Relentlessly provided us with the context and facts we needed to make an informed decision "
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2018-11-21T12:52:31+00:00
"Stacks had the critical combination of expertise and tenacity to broker a solution for us"
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2018-11-21T12:54:09+00:00
"Stacks takes great pride in their service, is an expert in their field and above all, demonstrated integrity in all our interaction with them"
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2018-11-21T13:19:40+00:00
"You saved me many miles of driving and were very professional"
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2018-11-21T13:21:20+00:00
"You were able, by taking on much of the responsibility and the effort, to enable us to relax and enjoy the process"
"I’ve seldom had such consistent, wise support in a major life decision, and I can’t emphasize enough how helpful it is."
2018-11-21T12:46:40+00:00
"I’ve seldom had such consistent, wise support in a major life decision, and I can’t emphasize enough how helpful it is."
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2018-11-21T12:44:59+00:00
"I needed the continuous advice and support on the many issues that can and do arise, and, above all, someone acting in one’s own interest."
"You have exceeded our expectations for a buy-side property service and have made the process a smooth one for us."
2018-11-21T13:18:01+00:00
"You have exceeded our expectations for a buy-side property service and have made the process a smooth one for us."
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2018-11-21T12:48:37+00:00
"It made a potentially very stressful process very straightforward"
"a fantastic job in impossible circumstances"
2018-11-21T12:17:11+00:00
"a fantastic job in impossible circumstances"
"We were moving country – had booked the packers – and had nowhere to move into!"
2018-11-21T13:12:46+00:00
"We were moving country – had booked the packers – and had nowhere to move into!"
"Practically, I needed someone to do the legwork and the eye-balling"
2018-11-21T12:49:38+00:00
"Practically, I needed someone to do the legwork and the eye-balling"
"...negotiate on anything"

Financial Times

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Financial Times

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2018-11-21T12:43:03+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:55:04+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:35:46+00:00
"found precisely what I was looking for, and even on my request made an offer before I had even seen the property!!"
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2018-11-21T12:13:26+00:00
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2018-11-21T12:19:57+00:00
"always courteous and pleasant, and most importantly, in our opinion, trustworthy."
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2018-11-21T12:22:38+00:00
"Being able to 'stand behind' Stacks, whilst they brought their negotiating skills to the fore, took us to another level"
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2018-11-21T12:42:07+00:00
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2018-11-21T13:22:31+00:00
"Your advice on how to effectively instruct and motivate our professional team allowed us to complete in one month."
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2018-11-21T12:21:23+00:00
"Because I had invested in the process of working with a Buying Agent, I had the confidence to go ahead"
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2018-11-21T12:30:52+00:00
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2018-11-21T13:06:52+00:00
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"great value to us during a difficult, competitive purchase"
2018-11-21T12:39:48+00:00
"great value to us during a difficult, competitive purchase"
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2018-11-21T12:45:49+00:00
"I would recommend using Stacks as they are well connected to the property market and provide a realistic assessment of activity and pricing."
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2018-11-21T13:15:37+00:00
"Without somebody on the ground asking the right questions on our behalf, finding a home would have been truly impossible."
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2018-11-21T13:17:15+00:00
"You have an empathetic approach which, added to your knowledge and wise guidance, has made the whole thing a lot less stressful"
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2018-11-21T12:57:31+00:00
"They didn’t try to persuade us to buy anything unsuitable."
"Would not hesitate to use you again."
2018-11-21T13:16:29+00:00
"Would not hesitate to use you again."
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2018-11-21T13:08:49+00:00
"We are delighted with our choice and so are the children."
"Should I move again, I shall definitely use you again"
2018-11-21T12:51:23+00:00
"Should I move again, I shall definitely use you again"
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2018-11-21T12:43:48+00:00
"I gained a house, setting and location which are right for me"
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2018-11-21T13:12:00+00:00
"We were in a tricky housing situation, looking to buy a very specific type of house and needing to find it in a very specific time frame"
"Through the whole process they went above and beyond, and it was worth every penny!"
2018-11-21T12:59:15+00:00
"Through the whole process they went above and beyond, and it was worth every penny!"
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2018-11-21T12:56:37+00:00
"The house is ideal ... and it is nothing like our first (unsuitable) ideas!"
"got our offer accepted even when it was not the highest"
2018-11-21T12:38:34+00:00
"got our offer accepted even when it was not the highest"
"We now own a most suitable house in the position of our dreams thanks to Stacks"
2018-11-21T13:11:13+00:00
"We now own a most suitable house in the position of our dreams thanks to Stacks"
"The best decision we could have made!"
2018-11-21T12:55:52+00:00
"The best decision we could have made!"
"You have found us a superb home which we feel fortunate to call our own."
2018-11-21T13:18:39+00:00
"You have found us a superb home which we feel fortunate to call our own."
"In essence, you are buying your best ally "
2018-11-21T12:47:38+00:00
"In essence, you are buying your best ally "
“We want to thank you so much for the very professional and sensitive support you have given us in navigating through the various properties we have considered for investment of our small inheritance.”
2018-11-05T22:55:02+00:00
“We want to thank you so much for the very professional and sensitive support you have given us in navigating through the various properties we have considered for investment of our small inheritance.”
"found us a home in a sought-after area with a high demand for properties and very little on offer"
2018-11-21T12:37:14+00:00
"found us a home in a sought-after area with a high demand for properties and very little on offer"