“My husband and I knew we’d done the right thing when we asked Stacks to help us find a home outside London. We’d been looking for two years, but everything we came up with seemed impractical or overwhelming. Stacks helped us narrow our search and sort out our essential criteria, and then they handed us over to their regional agent Craig Fuller.
We liked Craig instantly. He’s quick and observant, and he “got” us – we’re quirky, demanding, and busy. Many apparently suitable houses just didn’t feel right for us. He didn’t try to persuade us to buy anything unsuitable. He was patient and listened carefully, and within about two days with Craig we found a house that we like very much in a vibrant community that we know we can be part of.
The house, however, is also quirky and demanding (so perfect for us!). Without Craig’s calm assurance, we might have shied away from buying it and ended up with something a bit easier but duller. Because Craig had confidence in us and was so supportive, we made the right choice. He knows that finding the house in the first place is only half the battle. He negotiated tirelessly on our behalf. He knows the region and the housing market back to front and we felt that the exchange and completion process went very smoothly as a result.
Craig also made sure we had plenty of access between exchange and completion so we could consider our choice carefully and identify issues that might need addressing. has an amazing local network that he can call upon to fix any of the minor problems that inevitably come up when you buy a house. He sorted out the phone and utilities, and he found us a gardener, a housekeeper, an electrician, a chimney specialist, a builder for early estimates, and most importantly an amazing architect. He’s 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.
As we both still work, buying this wonderful house without Craig on our team would have been immensely stressful, and we would almost certainly have made many unncessary mistakes and compromises. Having Craig there to help us with the transition took almost all of the stress away. I’ve seldom had such consistent, wise support in a major life decision, and I can’t emphasize enough how helpful it is.
If I had to single out Craig’s best qualities, I’d say it’s his positive attitude. He always finds a solution and is never daunted. He also has a great feel for houses and for what’s worth changing, and what can be left alone. He’s managed properties professionally and it really shows. And just as importantly, he’s sensitive to people’s individual tastes and needs.
We very much hope Craig remains a close friend and ally. More to the point, we are already recommending him to friends, in the hope of luring them to this beautiful part of the country. If they have Craig to help them, they just might make the move.”
“To whoever is interested in buying a property
Rather than moving into someone else’s ideas of the perfect house we were looking for a project – aspect/view was critical as we knew in most cases, we could adapt the building to create something that suited us. Craig persevered showing us a very wide range of prospects over almost 2 years. Eventually we ended up buying what even he thought was a long shot but the potential was there – to be fair it was pretty grotty.
We spent a further 20 months remodelling and updating the property but preserving the character of the original building to create something that we are really pleased with and our friends are truly jealous of. What we bought did not fit with our original brief to Craig but what we have now far exceeds it. The work moved the property up into a different market and importantly it should be maintenance free for many years to come.
We are very grateful to Craig for the time he took and the wide range of properties he showed us.”
“We are so grateful to Craig for his unfailing support in our recent property search which thanks to him, has had a successful outcome . His guidance on negotiation tactics, ability to find solutions for unforeseen problems and network of contacts were excellent. Craig quickly understood what our ‘dream home’ looked like and was able to sift through listings and visit properties that our busy diaries couldn’t accommodate. He was always willing to chat through our ideas and worries and went ‘above and beyond’ on many occasions. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Craig or his colleagues to anyone about to embark on the biggest purchase of their lives.”
Exchanged on the 20th Feb 2023
“Nothing could have prepared me for the current property market. In the Cotswolds there is serious competition and a strong possibility of over-paying particularly if you have fallen in love with a property. I don’t think I would be sitting here today in my home had I not secured Craig’s services as a property finder.”
“We were incredibly fortunate to have had Craig on our side. He held our hand throughout the entire process and helped us find our dream plot. Craig was very professional and patient throughout the whole process. We couldn’t have done it without him!”
Lady Natasha F
“Craig did a lot of the legwork for us and sifted a lot of houses for us. In the end we bought something off market. He made the viewing process really easy and stayed with us at our side until completion. He gave us excellent local advice and went the extra mile for us. All in all a very personal service.”
‘We have had a fantastic experience working with Craig.
He helped us find our dream home and has been a pleasure to work with. He took on board our exact vision and requirements for our dream family home and, using his extensive knowledge of the Cotswolds, discussed with us areas he thought would suit us perfectly.
He has incredible knowledge of all aspects of the move, be it transport links, schooling and community. He was incredibly professional and would remain discreet to protect our privacy. He was able to find off-market properties or allow us first sight of properties that were coming onto the market soon.
Finding your “forever” home comes with many pressures, but with Craig’s assistance, he has made it as stress-free as possible from start to finish. He has always gone above and beyond for us, and for anyone relocating to the Cotswolds and needing an expert service, look no further.”
Jos and Louise Buttler
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