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We are widely quoted in the press. You can browse a selection of our recent press coverage below. We are always happy to help journalists with their research. You can contact Amanda MacCaw at our press office on: 01386 700068 / 07977 238175.


Daily Mail, 13/05/2022

The friendly test Quoting Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Finders ‘The pandemic has altered the concept of “community”. So many people have become good friends with neighbours who previously only exchanged a cursory greeting,’ says Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency. ‘Homeowners have created sitting-out space at the front of their houses, villagers…

Ideal Home, 12/05/2022

What does ‘chain free’ mean when buying a property? Experts explain Quoting Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders The main issue with property chains is that they’re slow. With numerous buyers and sellers in a chain, things only progress at the speed of the slowest link. Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Search says: ‘If you find…

Sixty Plus Surfers, May 2022

Turning a wreck into a dream property Quoting James Law and Ed Jephson of Stacks Property Finders Buying a wreck and turning it into a dream property is an aspiration of many property buyers, but in the current market, where demand for property is outstripping supply, more buyers who are struggling to find what they…

This is Money, 23/04/2022

A new wave of seaside hotspots Quoting Ed Jephson and Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders New high-tech industries have brought an influx of successful young people with money to spend,’ says Ed Jephson of Stacks property finders. ‘And the explosion of interest in watersports like paddle boarding, coasteering and surfing has changed the image…

Today UK News, 23/04/2022

A new wave of seaside hotspots Quoting Ed Jephson and Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders New high-tech industries have brought an influx of successful young people with money to spend,’ says Ed Jephson of Stacks property finders. ‘And the explosion of interest in watersports like paddle boarding, coasteering and surfing has changed the image…

Daily Mail, 22/04/2022

A new wave of seaside hotspots Quoting Ed Jephson and Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders New high-tech industries have brought an influx of successful young people with money to spend,’ says Ed Jephson of Stacks property finders. ‘And the explosion of interest in watersports like paddle boarding, coasteering and surfing has changed the image…

Property Reporter, 21/04/2022

Challenging market sees house hunters prioritising houses over schools Quoting Sara Ransom, Nick Wooldridge and Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders Undoubtedly, one of the most important aspects of finding a ‘forever home’ is the location, particularly for parents. For decades, schools and their catchment areas have been one of the biggest reasons for moving house.…

Property Reporter, 07/04/2022

Post pandemic buyers return to city life Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Successive lockdowns fuelled an exodus from London to the countryside, but many of those that left the capital are now regretting their decision and heading home to London. Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search, says: “Buyers are saying that they found rural life…

This is Money, 26/03/2022

Whether astro or perfectly manicured natural turf, a well-kept lawn can make a big difference when selling your home – here’s how to sort yours Quoting Ed of Stacks Property Finders A carefully tended lawn pays financial dividends. And the benefit is far more than you might expect if you listen to Ed Jephson, of…

Daily Mail, 25/03/2022

Whether astro or perfectly manicured natural turf, a well-kept lawn can make a big difference when selling your home – here’s how to sort yours Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders And the benefit is far more than you might expect if you listen to Ed Jephson, of Stacks Property Search. ‘An…

This is Money, 19/03/2022

A crafty purchase: Resurgence of hobbies such as sewing and woodwork has led to huge demand for homes with extra rooms or outbuildings Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders ‘I’m receiving many more enquires looking for space — a garden pod or outbuilding,’ says Ed Jephson, of buying agency Stacks Property Search. …

Daily Mail, 18/03/2022

A crafty purchase: Resurgence of hobbies such as sewing and woodwork has led to huge demand for homes with extra rooms or outbuildings Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders ‘I’m receiving many more enquires looking for space — a garden pod or outbuilding,’ says Ed Jephson, of buying agency Stacks Property Search. …

Daily Telegraph, 12/03/2022

Is there anywhere left in the Cotswolds that isn’t just like London? Quoting Emma Barkes of Stacks Property Finders It might seem like half of the capital has made its way up the M4, but there is still a rural idyll to be found Read the full story here

Estate Agent Today, 10/03/2022

Rise in buyer interest for renovation projects Quoting James Law and Ed Jephson of Stacks Property Finders Buying agency Stacks Property Search is reporting g rising buyer demand for wrecks requiring significant levels of renovation. The agency says that in the current market, where demand for property outstrips supply, more buyers struggling to find what…

Property Reporter, 09/03/2022

Why property projects are more popular than ever Quoting James Law and Ed Jephson of Stacks Property Finders Buying a wreck and turning it into a dream property is an aspiration of many property buyers, but in the current market, where demand for property is outstripping supply, more buyers who are struggling to find what…

Daily Express, 04/03/2022

Way out west is best Quoting Clare Coode, Ed Jephson and Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Finders DESPITE record prices it seems many of us are still following our dream of heading to the South West for a better work-life balance and some of the best beaches in Britain. Cornwall continues to top many wish…

The Telegraph, 19/02/2022

The rise of the secret property market… and how to break in Quoting Craig Fuller, Gillie and Anthony Pearce of Stacks Property Finders Good houses don’t go through estate agents any more, you need to know the right person … Not long ago I had dinner at a friend’s house in a smart part of…

This is Money, 11/02/2022

Bungalows are back! They were once looked down on but single-storey homes are in high demand – and rising in price Quoting Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders How to go about it? ‘Many bungalows come on the market as probate sales,’ says Bill Spreckley, of Stacks Property Search. ‘ A good lateral extension with open…

Iknowallnews.com, 11/02/2022

Bungalows are back! They were once looked down on but single-storey homes are in high demand – and rising in price Quoting Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders How to go about it? ‘Many bungalows come on the market as probate sales,’ says Bill Spreckley, of Stacks Property Search. ‘ A good lateral extension with open…

Daily Mail, 11/02/2022

Bungalows are back! They were once looked down on but single-storey homes are in high demand – and rising in price Quoting Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders How to go about it? ‘Many bungalows come on the market as probate sales,’ says Bill Spreckley, of Stacks Property Search. ‘ A good lateral extension with open…

Muddy Stilettos, 25/01/2022

How to buy a property when you’re flying solo Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Newly single? Get those stilettos on lady and make house hunting a doddle with the help of expert buying agent Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search. Nailing down that dream property purchase is never straightforward, but when you’re recently separated…

Estate Agent Today, 24/01/2022

Property jobs today – Who’s moving where this new year Quoting Anto Clay of Stacks Property Finders Now to the country, and specifically the Monmouthshire and South Herefordshire  areas where poacher-turned-gamekeeper Anthony Clay is joining Stacks Property Search. He brings with him extensive knowledge gained in his over 30 year career in the sales market, chiefly with…

This is Money, 22/01/2022

Does your agent have the keys to success? Property prices have soared – but if you’re in a hurry to sell, finding the right firm is essential Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders ‘If your home has unique features, choose an agent with the best photography and marketing — for example, drone footage if it’s…

Daily Mail, 21/01/2022

Does your agent have the keys to success? Property prices have soared – but if you’re in a hurry to sell, finding the right firm is essential Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders ‘If your home has unique features, choose an agent with the best photography and marketing — for example, drone footage if it’s…

Telegraph, 15/01/2022

Luxury home sales hit 15-year high as wealthy flock to the countryside Quoting Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Finders Craig Fuller, of Stacks Property Search, a buying agent, said there was “no question” buyers had revised budgets upwards. “One client who started at £2.5m is now working on a budget of £5m,” he said. “The setting…

The Times Bricks & Mortar, 14/01/2022

23 extraordinary fixer-uppers for sale Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders “It’s a multiuse phrase,” says James Greenwood, the managing director of Stacks Property Search. “Definitely more than a lick of paint, anything from changing kitchens and bathrooms to a full strip-back.” Be prepared for anything by asking a surveyor to leave no stone —…

Prime Resi, 07/01/2022

Stacks recruits former Knight Frank partner in Wales Quoting Anto Clay of Stacks Property Finders After more than two decades selling properties with Knight Frank and Fine & Country, former High Sheriff Anthony Clay has joined buying agency Stacks. Read the full story here

Evening Standard, 05/01/2022

Buying a home: eight of the most common questions asked by first-time buyers Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders We’ve got the answers to the questions buyers tend to ask when starting a property search for the first time. Buying agent Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search advises caution and discretion – don’t make offers…

Yahoo.com, 05/01/2022

Buying a home: eight of the most common questions asked by first-time buyers Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders We’ve got the answers to the questions buyers tend to ask when starting a property search for the first time. Buying agent Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search advises caution and discretion – don’t make offers…

Estate Agent Today, 30/12/2021

Paws for thought: dogs key for many buyers says agency Quoting Clare Coode and Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Finders Dog facilities – even separate rooms for them – are now a major factor on the ‘want list’ for growing numbers of prospective purchasers according to Stacks Property Search.  Clare Coode of Stacks in Cornwall recently helped…

House Ladder, 30/12/2021

Paws for thought: dogs key for many buyers, says agency Quoting Clare Coode and Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Finders Dog facilities – even separate rooms for them – are now a major factor on the ‘want list’ for growing numbers of prospective purchasers according to Stacks Property Search.  Clare Coode of Stacks in Cornwall recently helped…

Property Reporter, 17/12/2021

With buyer priorities changing through lockdown, what will next year’s property trends look like? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search assesses some of the trends we’ve seen in ’21 and predicts what will happen as we move into ’22. Read the full story here

Telegraph, 04/12/2021

‘I’m ditching the countryside after a year – cities are just better’ Hasty buyers who fled in lockdown are U-turning after finding themselves facing a gruelling commute Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Instead of moving to the sticks, many have settled for the suburbs. Sara Ransom, of Stacks Property Search, said: “Londoners who have…

Yahoo Finance, 03/12/2021

I’m ditching the countryside after a year – cities are just better Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Instead of moving to the sticks, many have settled for the suburbs. Sara Ransom, of Stacks Property Search, said: “Londoners who have spent the past two years in prime residential areas, such as Fulham, Maida Vale and…

Sunday Telegraph, 14/11/2021

How to prepare for your first winter in the countryside Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Those who fled cities during the pandemic do not know how to survive or stop bills soaring Stock up on some extra jumpers too, said James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search. “Thermal underwear should be standard for all members of…

Property Reporter, 14/11/2021

Things to consider when buying a property with a private road Quoting Clare Coode and Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Finders Lockdowns and the race for space have seen the already competitive rural housing market reach fever pitch in recent months. But while a rural property may solve some housing issues, unless you are armed with the…

Evening Standard, 22/10/2021

How to make an offer on a property Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Buying agent Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search advises caution and discretion – don’t make offers on two properties being sold by the same agent. “They won’t be inclined to take either offer seriously,” she warned. “Remember their job is to…

Yahoo.com, 22/10/2021

How to make an offer on a property Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Buying agent Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search advises caution and discretion – don’t make offers on two properties being sold by the same agent. “They won’t be inclined to take either offer seriously,” she warned. “Remember their job is to…

Estate Agent Today, 13/10/2021

London’s Changing Market: What’s hot and what’s not Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders One of the country’s leading buying agents has set out what’s hot and what’s not in London’s housing market as it recovers from Covid. Sara Ransom, managing director of Stacks Property Search in the capital, says it’s all about the suburbs right…

The Negotiator, 12/10/2021

In search of space. London surburbs red hot. Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Leafy suburbs are enjoying a renaissance as buyers look for bigger houses and gardens – which are being used as extra living space says Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search. Read the full story here

This is Money, 24/09/2021

Cottage industry: With staycations set to stay, buying a holiday let could be a wise investment – but only if you follow these seven golden rules Quoting James Greenwood and Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search, says: ‘Open-plan works well for holiday lets, but separate utility space is worth a lot. Storage allows…

Msn.com, 24/09/2021

Cottage industry: With staycations set to stay, buying a holiday let could be a wise investment – but only if you follow these seven golden rules Quoting James Greenwood and Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search, says: ‘Open-plan works well for holiday lets, but separate utility space is worth a lot. Storage allows…

Property Reporter, 29/09/2021

Fall throughs could bring balance to the property market’s supply and demand problem Quoting Craig Fuller and Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Conditions in the UK property market this summer have been brutal. Fuelled by the ticking clock of the stamp duty holiday deadline and compounded by a record low level of stock, those who…

Today UK News, 25/09/2021

Buying a holiday home; 7 steps to a wise investment Quoting James Greenwood and Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search, says: ‘Open-plan works well for holiday lets, but separate utility space is worth a lot. Storage allows the owner to keep their own stuff while renting out. Parking is a strong selling point.’ …

Daily Mail, 24/09/2021

Cottage industry: With staycations set to stay, buying a holiday let could be a wise investment – but only if you follow these seven golden rules Quoting James Greenwood and Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search, says: ‘Open-plan works well for holiday lets, but separate utility space is worth a lot. Storage allows…

Landlord Today, 15/09/2021

Investors warned about care needed when buying property with land Quoting Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Finders Demand for property with land has risen significantly over the last 18 months according to a buying agency – but it’s warning landlords and others that purchasing substantial acreage can be a tricky business. Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Search…

Property Reporter, 14/09/2021

What to consider when buying a property with one or more others Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders With property prices rising stratospherically over the last eighteen months, buying a home is less affordable than ever. Faced with saving a deposit in this challenging financial climate, a growing number of people are coming up with…

Daily Mail, 10/09/2021

Being close to good food is as important as beautiful beaches when it comes to buying tasty Cornish holiday homes Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders The most sought-after properties look at the inner and outer harbour and Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest natural lake.  ‘In normal years Porthleven has a hugely popular annual food festival…

This is Money, 10/09/2021

Being close to good food is as important as beautiful beaches when it comes to buying tasty Cornish holiday homes Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders The most sought-after properties look at the inner and outer harbour and Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest natural lake.  ‘In normal years Porthleven has a hugely popular annual food festival…

MSN, 10/09/2021

Being close to good food is as important as beautiful beaches when it comes to buying tasty Cornish holiday homes Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Cornwall was ‘staycation central’ this summer, boosting property sales in the process, and enjoying more than a little stardust.  This year alone, chef and restaurateur Rick Stein has had…

Property Reporter, 08/09/2021

What to consider when buying property with land Quoting Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Finders The last 18 months have seen a huge rise in demand amongst buyers seeking out large rural homes with substantial acreage for many reasons. Privacy is a strong motivation, and there’s an increasing desire to keep horses and ponies, and also to…

Sunday Times, 05/09/2021

Oh we do like to be…. The seaside’s siren call remains irresistible Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Prices of seaside homes are expected to plateau, however. “Foreign holidays are becoming easier, and with more properties coming on sale, this will mean a stabilisation of the market over the next six months,” says Clare Coode,…

Daily Mail, 27/08/2021

We do like to be beside the pool-side Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The summer holidays have been marred by miserable weather and crowds of staycationers clogging the motorways to the coast.  Yet all this has meant a spike in popularity for public amenities that many thought were past their sell-by date: the lidos.…

The Times, 06/08/2021

How to read a property floorplan in the UK Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Imagine the frustration of the couple who, delighted with their new house in Barnes, southwest London, took delivery of their super-king-size bed only to discover it was two inches too big for the space.  Read the full story here

Property Reporter, 04/08/2021

How to seamlessly buy and sell property in the current challenging climate Quoting James Greenwood and Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders Selling and buying property in the same political and economic cycle to avoid being exposed to the risk of market movement is usually best practice for homeowners looking to make a move. However, due to the…

Sunday Telegraph, 01/08/2021

How to win in Cornwall’s bonkers property market Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Clare Coode, head of the Cornwall branch of property finder Stacks Property Search, recently secured a coastal plot in the west of the county for a client based in Singapore on the strength of video tours and Zoom meetings with architects…

Sunday Times, 25/07/2021

Eight postcodes where house prices rose by more than £100,000 this year Quoting Nick Cunningham of Stacks Property Finders North Devon, EX33 Stretching from the Unesco biosphere reserve of Braunton Burrows to the family-friendly beach at Woolacombe, via Croyde, this slice of north Devon is a surfer and sun-seeker’s paradise and closer to Britain’s main cities than…

Sunday Times, 25/07/2021

Eight postcodes where house prices rose by more than £100,000 this year Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders “We have people who are coming to Cornwall for the first time ever, they usually go abroad to holiday, and have been blown away by what they see,” says Clare Coode, a local buying agent with Stacks…

Sunday Times, 25/07/2021

Lustworthy homes with annexes on sale in the UK Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders Jamie Law, a buying agent at Stacks Property Search, says there’s a stamp duty loophole where the total price of the estate is divided by two, and the tax is payable on each half. “It’s not necessary for the two properties…

Property Reporter, 15/07/2021

What to look for when house hunting for properties with an annexe Quoting James Law and Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders The experts at Stacks Property Search share their insight on what to look for and how having an annexe could potentially save you money in the long run. Read the full story here

The Times, 02/07/2021

Four renovations that will add to your home’s value Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders In rural areas, however, as James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search points out, “extensions are often about creating extra utility space, housing a boot room, washroom, space for paraphernalia such as dogs, saddles, boots, coats, and/or a downstairs loo/shower room”. Read…

Daily Telegraph, 27/06/2021

How to get access to the dream homes being sold in secret Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders For almost a year, Clare Coode has been working flat out, often waking at 4am and then toiling late into the night. She is a buying agent with Stacks Property Search, working in Cornwall’s frenetic property market……

Yahoo Finance, 25/06/2021

How to get access to the dream homes being sold in secret Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders For almost a year, Clare Coode has been working flat out, often waking at 4am and then toiling late into the night. She is a buying agent with Stacks Property Search, working in Cornwall’s frenetic property market.…

Sunday Times, 20/06/2021

We bought a second home in Cornwall in lockdown. Have we done the right thing? Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders “Those looking for a pretty cottage at £400,000 are often now having to pay £600,000. Most notably, the run-down coastal bungalow that was £600,000 or under can now command prices of up to £2…

Daily Mail, 14/06/2021

How renters are paying nearly £500 less per month that homeowners in the same street as study shows properties are now cheaper to rent than buy n in most parts of the country Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders ‘Some of the price rises we have seen were overdue; country prices had lagged well behind London for…

Sunday Times, 13/06/2021

When 2 become 1 Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders “An alternative is to retain the additional property’s separate title and simply use the space,” says Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search. “This gives you the flexibility to sell one, or the other, or both properties in the future.” Read the full story here

Financial Times, 12/06/2021

‘If it has a roof it will sell’ Quoting Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders But for property hunters, a lack of stock – ’50 per cent less than normal at this time of year, and 50 per cent more buyers’, says Bill Spreckley, a regional director at Stacks Prperty Search – is leading to a…

This is Money, 11/06/2021

The North/South divide is narrowing on house prices: Property markets in the North forecast to close gap on the South even further in coming years Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Across the UK, the average increase is set to be 21.1 per cent, while London stubbornly stays in the slow lane with only 12.6 per…

Daily Mail, 11/06/2021

The North/South divide is narrowing on house prices: Property markets in the North forecast to close gap on the South even further in coming years Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Across the UK, the average increase is set to be 21.1 per cent, while London stubbornly stays in the slow lane with only 12.6 per…

Mortgage Solutions, 10/06/2021

Buyers in bidding frenzy resort to desperate measures but struggle to win valuers support Quoting James Greenwood and Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Clare Coode of buying agents Stacks Property Search in Cornwall said several estate agents have reported mortgage valuations coming in significantly under asking prices in Cornwall and have used that as their excuse for…

Property Reporter, 08/06/2021

Is it wise to house hunt in the current market or should you wait? Quoting James Greenwood, James Law, Ed Jephson and Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders It’s no secret that the property market has been frenzied in many sectors. Covid has changed our priorities, the way we want to live, and where we want to live. These…

Sunday Times, 06/07/2021

How long can house prices go on rising? Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Then there’s Cornwall, the poster county for the frenetic pandemic market. Once, way back in time (actually 2019), it had house prices lagging behind much of the UK. Now it’s far out in front. “If you see something you like, jump…

Thisismoney.co.uk, 04/06/2021

The great outdoors Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders ‘City types started swapping their two-bedroom homes for places with big gardens in cheaper rural areas after the first lockdown,’ says Ed Jephson, of Stacks Property Search.  ‘Gardens became extremely important and it wasn’t just a summer phenomenon; it has continued throughout the…

The Times, 04/06/2021

Where to buy property in Bournemouth, Dorset Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders The highest-priced Sandbanks property to have been listed is Harbour Gate, the Premier League football manager Harry Redknapp’s former six-bedroom home, on sale through Fine & Country for £10 million (reduced by £1 million from last year’s asking price). And the peninsula’s average price of…

Daily Mail, 04/06/2021

The great outdoors Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders ‘City types started swapping their two-bedroom homes for places with big gardens in cheaper rural areas after the first lockdown,’ says Ed Jephson, of Stacks Property S e a r c h . ‘ G a r d e n s b e…

Sunday Times, 30/05/2021

House prices: are sellers getting greedy? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Vendors should make hay while the sun shines. That said, there is a limit to what buyers will stomach, says James Greenwood, regional director at Stacks Property Search: “Despite the froth, there is a degree of reality in the market and buyers won’t pay…

msn.com, 15/05/2021

Is buying blind ever a good idea Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders The fundamental rules when buying a home have always been to check the building and its location thoroughly and make several visits before signing on the dotted line. Yet in today’s property market that kind of safety-first thinking is…

Property Industry Eye, 18/05/2021

Bidding wars and sealed bids Quoting Ed Jephson and Charlie Rearden Property Finders Looking specifically at South Hams, Stacks Property Search reports that the majority of properties between £800,00 and £1.5m in the region are currently going to best and final offers. Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Search said, “Best and final offers is becoming standard for…

Daily Telegraph, 15/05/2021

How to win in Britain’s frenzied market Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders As well as stating the amount they are offering, buyers need to outline their financial position, whether the offer is subject to any conditions such as a survey and the details of their solicitor, said Charlie Rearden of buying agency Stacks Property…

This is Money, 15/05/2021

Is buying blind ever a good idea? With more homebuyers snapping up rural properties they haven’t visited, we ask how to minimise the risks Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders The fundamental rules when buying a home have always been to check the building and its location thoroughly and make several visits…

Daily Mail, 14/05/2021

Leap before you look Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders The fundamental rules when buying a home have always been to check the building and its location thoroughly and make several visits before signing on the dotted line. Yet in today’s property market that kind of safety-first thinking is a thing of…

The Negotiator, 27/04/2021

Buying unseen – it’s bold, and sometimes perilous, but it can make sense Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders Ed Jephson, Regional Director at Stacks Property Search, claims that buying unseen is arguably the most dramatic property trend to emerge from the Covid pandemic.   Read the full story here

The Times, 23/04/2021

How much would you pay for a sea view? Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders “I have a buyer who has asked me to find him somewhere he can put on [the lettings website] Unique Homestays. People are definitely looking for somewhere upmarket they can rent out,” says Clare Coode, a buying agent with Stacks…

Property Reporter, 23/04/2021

How to limit your risks when you can’t view your property first hand                                    Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders In the pre-Covid world, buying unseen was usually a play made by overseas investment buyers and disregarded as lunacy for the vast majority of residential house purchases. However, going all-in blind is…

Estate Agent Today, 23/04/2021

Buying unseen – not as mad as it seems Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders A leading buying agent says the phenomenon of ‘buying unseen’ is the most dramatic property trend to have emerged from the pandemic. Ed Jephson of Stacks Property Search says: “Once the preserve of overseas investment buyers, buying…

Muddy Stilettos

Moving to Devon? 10 tips from a pro Quoting Ed and Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders Grass looking greener in Devon? Don’t make a move until you’ve read our insider tips from the property pros on where’s hot and how to make it work for you.   Read the full story here

Sunday Times, 04/04/2021

House prices: how the Covid-19 pandemic sent the housing market into a frenzy Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders However, James Greenwood, managing director of Stacks property search and acquisition, who has had to recruit more staff to cope with the demand from clients seeking homes with a budget of £500,000 to £3 million, is less…

Sunday Times, 04/04/2021

London, get ready for the return of international investors Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders “Prime central London prices have dropped by as much as 15 per cent due to the lack of overseas buyers,” says Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search. She predicts that “the housing market is going to take off in a…

Stars Post, 01/04/2021

Property estate agent urges empty nesters to downsize now or risk making it harder Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search explained that while living with your children can be an enjoyable process, delaying a downsizing move is “an error”. The property expert said even if you are expecting your…

Daily Express, 01/04/2021

Estate agent urges ‘empty nesters’ to downsize now or risk making it harder Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search explained that while living with your children can be an enjoyable process, delaying a downsizing move is “an error”. The property expert said even if you are expecting your grown-up children to…

Property Reporter, 01/04/2021

Why empty nesters should continue with downsizing plans after positive lockdown experiences Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search, says: “But a word of warning. This unexpected time with grown-up children was a nice bonus, but not something that should be encouraged in a post-pandemic world. Delaying a downsizing move in…

Thisismoney.co.uk, 29/03/2021

Love thy neighbour: Forget Location, Location, Location… buyers are now looking for Community, Community, Community Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders The mantra for house movers before the pandemic was Location, Location, Location. But now, as people seek more comfort and security in their everyday lives, there’s a new call: Community, Community, Community. Government figures…

The Sunday Times, 28/03/2021

Why are house prices so high? It could be the secret sellers bidding off-market Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders There is so little for sale that buyers will happily pay a premium for something that others don’t have access to. “You’re not going to get a property cheap off market,” warns James Greenwood, chief executive…

Daily Mail, 26/03/2021

Love thy neighbour Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Read the full story here

Daily Express, 26/03/2021

Every moment counts Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders As we navigate out of lockdown many of us are still trying to work out how far we can move from major towns and cities to get more space and property for our money. But with a gradual return to offices, the guidance is to be…

Property Reporter, 25/03/2021

The end of the quiet before the storm: housing market poised for post-lockdown lift-off Quoting Sara Ransom, Bill Spreckley, Nick Cunningham and James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Predicting the property market is never easy. No one could have forecast the events of 2020 prior to them happening. However, it’s hard to argue against solid data and with pent-up…

Estate Agent Today, 24/03/2021

Get ready to party – London’s market is bouncing back Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders The London housing market is enjoying the end of the lull before the storm, according to a leading buying agent. Read the full story here

The Times, 12/03/2021

To B&B or not to B&B. Why buying a B&B could be this year’s smart move. Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search has seen “a number” of B&Bs coming on to the mainstream market. “Many good B&B businesses rely on business income to finance borrowing and their lives have suffered terribly,”…

The Times, 26/02/2021

Spring forward Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders Buyers Stay alert: if the stamp duty deadline isn’t extended, expect some buyers to drop out of sales, releasing more properties onto the market. “Make sure you’re on top of what’s going on, speak to agents to be aware of what’s back on the market,” says buying…

Daily Mail, 26/02/2021

Will the smell of bread really sell your home? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders MY STREET STARRED IN A FILM VERDICT: Fiction. ‘PEOPLE are so switched on, they’re unlikely to pay more for a property that’s been on the large or small screen,’ says James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search. ‘A property linked with horrific…

This is money, 26/02/2021

Do homes sell better in Spring – separating property fact from fiction Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders MY STREET STARRED IN A FILM VERDICT: Fiction. ‘PEOPLE are so switched on, they’re unlikely to pay more for a property that’s been on the large or small screen,’ says James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search. ‘A property…

Property Industry Eye, 22/02/2021

Buyers and sellers urged to share the financial fallout of missing stamp duty deadline Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders If the existing deadline is not extended, an alternative solution to prevent so many property fall-throughs could be for buyers and sellers to split the cost of missing out on the tax saving, according to…

Property Reporter, 12/02/2021

How to maximise what you can see without physically viewing Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders With many people understandably wary about venturing into someone else’s home, Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search offers her advice on how you can make the best of viewing a property without actually stepping inside. Read the full story…

Letting Agent Today, 10/02/2021

Rough and ready virtual viewings more useful than slick ones says agent Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders A search agent says virtual viewings for prospective tenants or purchasers are useful – but less sophisticated ones reveal more than well-produced versions. Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search discusses how to view without necessarily viewing. Read…

The Telegraph, 05/02/2021

Want to beat the stamp duty deadline? Five ways the super-rich are speeding up their sales Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders These wealthy buyers may also be part of a chain, with others further down threatening to pull out if they do not complete before the tax break ends. Clare Coode of Stacks Property…

Yourthurrock.com, 02/02/2021

How Covid is expanding the commuter belt Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Search explains how homebuyers across the UK are re-analysing their long term property requirements and expanding the commuter belt.   Read the full story here

Property Reporter, 02/02/2021

How Covid is expanding the commuter belt Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Search explains how homebuyers across the UK are re-analysing their long term property requirements and expanding the commuter belt.   Read the full story here

The Negotiator, 27/01/2021

Look to the future Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Nigel Lewis asked leading names from national and regional estate agency, builders, home finders, auctioneers and the portals what they reckon 2021 will bring. Sara Ransom, Stacks Property Search PREDICTION: Pools “There’s been a big surge in demand for swimming pools, from large basement pools, to…

Country & Townhouse, January ‘21

Let’s move to Taunton Vale Quoting Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders ‘The majestic spire of St Mary Magdalene church set against the backdrop of the beautiful Quantock Hills is still one of the most picturesque West Country townscapes,’ says buying agent Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk) ‘One of the prettiest Georgian houses on the…

The Times, 22/01/2021

Branching out – Meet the tree-huggers investing in a private woodland Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood, a buying agent at Stacks Property Search, points out that you shouldn’t see a piece of woodland as a substitute for a house in the country: “It’s more comparable with a large allotment. On its own, it…

The Times, 15/01/2021

How to be housing market Sherlock Quoting James Greenwood and Emma Barkes of Stacks Property Finders Look for houses with similar amenities, roughly the same size and number of bedrooms and bathrooms and similar-sized gardens or land. However, as north Cotswolds property search agent Emma Barkes of Stacks Property Search says, two houses that look very similar can be…

Daily Mail, 9/01/2021

How Banksy boosted this Bristol house price from £300,000 to £5m. Homes with blue plaques and star appeal can come with a premium… Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The Banksy effect is just one example of an extraneous factor influencing a property’s price or saleability. Being previously owned by a celebrity is another. James Greenwood,…

This is Money, 31/12/2020

Buckle up and knuckle down: If you think 2020 has been a wild ride for the housing market, just wait until 2021 Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders LONDON RENAISSANCE If the Covid vaccine rolls out as scheduled, agents expect the exodus of buyers from cities to country will slow. ‘London will become party-central and…

Daily Mail, 31/12/2020

Buckle up and knuckle down: If you think 2020 has been a wild ride for the housing market, just wait until 2021 Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders LONDON RENAISSANCE If the Covid vaccine rolls out as scheduled, agents expect the exodus of buyers from cities to country will slow. ‘London will become party-central and…

Property Investor Today, 23/12/2020

2021 outlook – what are the predictions from our property experts? Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders “Prime central London has taken a real hit from the effects of Brexit and the pandemic, and as prices in these areas dropped, so prices in hip areas of East London such as Hoxton and Shoreditch soared. Now…

Show House, 15/12/2020

London property: predictions for 2021 Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search writes that buyer behaviour in London has shown several distinctive changes during the course of 2020, and shares her predictions for 2021. Read the full story here

Property Reporter, 15/12/2020

London: The trends of 2020, and what to expect next year Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Sara Ransom, of Stacks Property Search, offers her insight and looks back on a year quite unlike any other Read the full story here

Estate Agent Today, 12/12/2020

Corona kindness – the best of agency in 2020 Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search: The creator of a Good Neighbour Scheme in a Northamptonshire village in 2019, Rachel’s scheme came into its own during lockdown. Neighbours helped neighbours with small tasks, from shopping to befriending. Read the full story…

This is Money, 04/12/2020

The very secret agents Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders PERHAPS you want your financial affairs to remain private. You have a fear of splashing the price of your home over the internet and might not want your friends to know what cash you have rolling in. You also might not wish your boss to…

Daily Mail, 04/12/2020

The very secret agents Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders PERHAPS you want your financial affairs to remain private. You have a fear of splashing the price of your home over the internet and might not want your friends to know what cash you have rolling in. You also might not wish your boss to…

Daily Telegraph, 28/11/2020

How the pandemic remade London’s commuter belt – and created new property hotspots Quoting Gillie Pearce of Stacks Property Finders Home hunters from the capital preparing for a future of part-time office life have looked north and east to Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire Read the full story here

Yahoo.com, 28/11/2020

Should you move or improve? Quoting Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders Anyone planning on extending should first live in the property if possible, advised Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Search, a buying agent. “Think about how you use the rooms and what it is that annoys you about the layout of the house. It’s so…

Daily Telegraph, 28/11/2020

Should you move or improve? Quoting Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders Anyone planning on extending should first live in the property if possible, advised Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Search, a buying agent. “Think about how you use the rooms and what it is that annoys you about the layout of the house. It’s so…

This is Money, 28/11/2020

Best of both worlds for post-Covid living: These provincial towns and cities are buzzing – but with tranquil countryside on the doorstep Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders ‘Most of my clients would feel insecure if they were more than 15 minutes away from a decent latte,’ says James Greenwood, a property search agent with Stacks…

Daily Mail, 28/11/2020

Best of both worlds for post-Covid living: These provincial towns and cities are buzzing – but with tranquil countryside on the doorstep Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders ‘Most of my clients would feel insecure if they were more than 15 minutes away from a decent latte,’ says James Greenwood, a property search agent with Stacks…

Homes & Gardens, 18/11/2020

Where to live in Cornwall Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders The desire for more space and a better quality of life post-lockdown has sent interest in Cornish properties sky-rocketing. ‘The market is utterly bonkers at the moment,’ says Clare Coode, of Stacks Property Search. ‘People have been putting in offers for houses they haven’t…

Estate Agent Today, 13/11/2020

Agents do charity on children in need day Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Best Individual AOK Award – Sponsored by Just Move In; Rachel Johnson of Stacks Property; Ed Mead of Viewber; Joe Elliott of Temme English; Godfrey Haire of Arun Estates; Murray Lee of Dreamview Estates; Suzzana Jupp of Northfields; Jamie Aspland of…

Property Reporter, 03/11/2020

Househunters warned to plan ahead as March 2021 likely to be a property scramble Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders Due to the havoc that Covid is creating, the uncertainties property buyers and sellers find themselves living with make things ultra-difficult. Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search, offers his advice and recommends that acting now…

Estate Agent Today, 23/10/2020

Agents do charity Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Best Individual AOK Award – Sponsored by Just Move In; – Rachel Johnson of Stacks Property; Ed Mead of Viewber; Joe Elliott of Temme English; Godfrey Haire of Arun Estates; Murray Lee of Dreamview Estates; Suzzana Jupp of Northfields; Jamie Aspland of Pygott & Crone; and…

The Telegraph, 28/10/2020

Why fleeing the city for the countryside may blow your budget Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Movers will also need to factor in buying and running a car. James Greenwood, of buying agency Stacks Property Search, said: “Many people moving out of towns say they can manage fine on just one vehicle, but a second…

Muddy Stilettos, 27/10/2020

Selling your home in a hurry? Read this…. Quoting Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders One woman who knows all the tricks and traps when it comes to buying and selling is ace South Hams property finder, Grace Jephson. Grace has every Rightmove-scroller’s dream job – finding fantastic homes for a living so what she doesn’t know…

MSN, 17/10/2020

The need for speed Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Booming northants ‘The whole county is improving. Villages like Paulerspury, just south of Towcester, have seen broadband go from inadequate to business-friendly over the past 12 months’, says Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, (stacks.co.uk). Paulerspury — with an average house price…

This is Money, 17/10/2020

The need for speed Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Booming northants ‘The whole county is improving. Villages like Paulerspury, just south of Towcester, have seen broadband go from inadequate to business-friendly over the past 12 months’, says Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, (stacks.co.uk). Paulerspury — with an average house price…

Daily Mail, 17/10/2020

The need for speed Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Booming northants ‘The whole county is improving. Villages like Paulerspury, just south of Towcester, have seen broadband go from inadequate to business-friendly over the past 12 months’, says Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, (stacks.co.uk). Paulerspury — with an average house price…

MSN, 09/10/2020

Hosts with the most Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Experienced buying agents such as Rachel Johnston, of Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk), says demand is as high as ever, typically from people aged 45 and over seeking a new challenge. ‘Buyers shouldn’t restrict their thinking to leisure,’ she says. ‘Some of the best performing B&Bs…

This is Money, 09/10/2020

Hosts with the most Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Experienced buying agents such as Rachel Johnston, of Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk), says demand is as high as ever, typically from people aged 45 and over seeking a new challenge. ‘Buyers shouldn’t restrict their thinking to leisure,’ she says. ‘Some of the best performing B&Bs…

Daily Mail, 09/10/2020

Hosts with the most Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Experienced buying agents such as Rachel Johnston, of Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk), says demand is as high as ever, typically from people aged 45 and over seeking a new challenge. ‘Buyers shouldn’t restrict their thinking to leisure,’ she says. ‘Some of the best performing B&Bs…

Property Reporter, 02/10/2020

Why the best home improvements will be different this year Quoting Emma Barkes of Stacks Property Finders Emma Barkes of Stacks Property Search suggests that homeowners look at short term ways of making their own space more attractive and appropriate to the circumstances.   Read the full story here

Homes and Property, 11/09/2020

Staycation renovation Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Buying agent Clare Coode of Stacks Property Search specialises in finding larger homes across Cornwall. “Lockdown was a spur because people worked on their own property, enjoyed it and thought about taking on a bigger project,” she says. “And Cornwall is an excellent place to work from home,…

Daily Express, 11/09/2020

Grey expectations for movers Quoting Anthony Pearce of Stacks Property Finders   Read the full story here

Evening Standard, 09/09/2020

Staycation renovation Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders   Read the full story here

Estate Agent Today, 03/09/2020

Agents increasingly using grey low key marketing claim Quoting Anthony Pearce of Stacks Property Finders Estate agents are increasingly using low-key ‘grey’ marketing to avoid too many prospective buyers swamping them when homes go on sale.   Read the full story here

The Negotiator, 02/09/2020

Grey marketing back into market as estate agents try to manage demand Quoting Anthony Pearce of Stacks Property Finders Property search firm Stacks says more agents are using the technique to reserve viewings for only the hottest and best prepared candidates.   Read the full story here

Luxurious Magazine, 02/09/2020

How to see the best properties first Quoting Anthony Pearce of Stacks Property Finders Read the full story here

Country Life, 02/09/2020

One station along Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders M UCH like our waistlines during lockdown, it would seem that the commuter belt is widening. As we slowly begin to make our way into offices around the country, you’d be forgiven for thinking ‘I’m not sure I want to do this five days a week’.…

Houseladder, 20/08/2020

Vendors warned not to jump the gun on ditching London for the sticks Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders A leading buying agency is warning sellers and buyers not to jump the gun and abandon London in the belief that it will never be the same again following the pandemic. Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property…

What House, 20/08/2020

Will the commuter belt ever look the same again? Quoting Charlie Rearden and Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Charlie Rearden and Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search on how new commuting will influence home search…   Read the full story here

Estate Agent Today, 19/08/2020

Vendors warned not to jump the gun on ditching London for the sticks Quoting Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property Finders A leading buying agency is warning sellers and buyers not to jump the gun and abandon London in the belief that it will never be the same again following the pandemic. Charlie Rearden of Stacks Property…

Woman’s Weekly, 18/08/2020

The great British beach hut Quoting Anthony Pearce of Stacks Property Finders Waiting for a chance to purchase is part of most owners’ beach hut-buying stories – the other recurring theme is price. ‘Beach huts are strictly for cash buyers, as mortgages aren’t available,’ explains Anthony Pearce of Stacks Property Search. ‘Overpriced huts often make the…

Property Reporter, 10/08/2020

Home offices now deemed essential Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders In the post-Covid world, dedicated home office space was always regarded as a valuable commodity. Valuable, but not essential. However, with many initially forced to work from home and a large percentage of those continuing to do so, in the post-Covid period, a good workspace…

Design & Build, 30/07/20

Moving to be near relatives Quoting Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders In the old pre-Covid world, living near relatives was a concept that many home buyers set little store by. Travelling from one side of the UK to the other, or getting to Europe for the weekend, was routine. Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Search…

Property Reporter, 28/07/2020

Covid sees spike in enquiries to relocate closer to relatives Quoting Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders Before the pandemic, in the old pre-Covid world, living near relatives was a concept that many home buyers paid little regards to. In fact, travelling from one side of the UK to the other, or getting to Europe for…

Design and Build UK, 23/07/2020

Gardens more essential than ever Quoting Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders “A veranda is an incredibly flexible and wonderful thing. Close to the house it’s fantastic for easy entertaining, and its inside/outside nature means that there are actually very few days of the year when it can’t be used – especially if its well equipped…

Daily Mail, 24/07/2020

Au revoir St Tropez, hello South Devon Quoting Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders Sailing, sunshine and sand are the order of the day in both locations but the British West Country wins out for many. ‘Salcombe, Dartmouth and Brixham are the top-line attractions,’ according to Grace Jepson, of Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk), a buying agency,…

Thisismoney, 23/07/2020

Au revoir St Tropez, hello South Devon Quoting Grace Jephson of Stacks Property Finders Sailing, sunshine and sand are the order of the day in both locations but the British West Country wins out for many. ‘Salcombe, Dartmouth and Brixham are the top-line attractions,’ according to Grace Jepson, of Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk), a buying agency,…

Homesandtravel.co.uk, 23/07/2020

Gardens are more essential than ever Quoting Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders “Property buyers should assess outside space carefully. The ideal arrangement is to have several different areas of garden for varying situations and conditions. The sunny spot for an early evening drink a deux; the large entertaining area that can seat six or more…

Property Reporter, 21/07/2020

Why our gardens are more essential than ever Quoting Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders “Outdoors entertaining has become the norm, and the three months of lockdown has made property owners aware of just how versatile they need their outside space to be – and it’s not all about vast quantities of space.” Read the full…

Country Life, 15/07/2020

A first class stamp Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search said that the stamp-duty holiday ‘provides welcome relief and notes that the market requires a strong performing lower end where the majority of transactions take place—these are the legs that support the market as a whole’. Mr Greenwood adds: ‘One…

Yahoo, 15/07/2020

Why a ‘home office’ has become the make-or-break feature of a house sale Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders Buyers also have in mind the substantial savings that comes with cutting out the daily commute and cost of central London office space – which means spare cash to create a home office that stimulates the senses.…

Daily Telegraph, 15/07/2020

Why a ‘home office’ has become the make-or-break feature of a house sale Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders Buyers also have in mind the substantial savings that comes with cutting out the daily commute and cost of central London office space – which means spare cash to create a home office that stimulates the senses.…

Retire Move, 09/07/2020

Retirement housebuilders greet stamp duty cut with caution James Greenwood of property finders, Stacks Property Search, was more upbeat and thought the stamp-duty holiday would give downsizers confidence to move. Read the full story here

Property Industry Eye, 09/07/2020

Widespread relief that SDLT change has not been delayed until the autumn. Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders “The expectation was that it would stay in place until January – its extension to March is great news and prevents a scramble to get transactions over the line. By March ’21 we would expect to see the…

Today’s Conveyancer, 08/07/2020

Buying property in a new normal world Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, tweeted yesterday:  “More uncertainty and a brake on the market as buyers wait for the autumn?” Read the full story here

Property Reporter, 08/07/2020

Industry reacts positively to raising of stamp duty threshold James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says, “The Stamp Duty holiday provides welcome relief and has extensive benefits for the UK economy. “The property market requires a strong performing lower end where the majority of transactions take place – these are the legs that support the market…

Estate Agent Today, 07/07/2020

Buying property in a new normal world Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, tweeted yesterday: “More uncertainty and a brake on the market as buyers wait for the autumn?” Read the full story here

Property Reporter, 10/06/2020

Buying property in a new normal world Quoting Stacks Property Finders Despite the property market now officially being ‘unlocked’, buying and selling property in the current climate is far from normal. The process does need a lot more thought and a fair amount of finessing. Stacks Property Search advises buyers on how to make sure they’re…

Daily Express, 29/05/2020

Granny annexe boom Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The potential of a property with an annexe, particularly in tourist destinations, is an important consideration, as James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search points out. “They have multiple uses; so while they can be used in the post-Covid world as a granny annexe or space for teens,…

Sunday Express, 25/05/2020

Exit plan for city dwellers Quoting Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders “This summer will be busy,” predicts Bill Spreckley, of Stacks Property Search. “There was already pent-up demand from buyers who had been waiting for a Brexit resolution and this will be exaggerated by buyers who have spent time in lockdown in what they are…

Daily Express, 22/05/2020

Tips on how to buy property post lockdown Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Gardens have been having a bit of a moment over the past few months, with those who have them thanking their lucky stars and those without them rethinking life after lockdown. Read the full story here

Property Reporter, 15/05/2020

Tips on how to buy property post lockdown Quoting James Greenwood and Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders Even so, few believe that major change is on the way in the post-Coronavirus world. On Wednesday this week, thousands of estate agents reopened their doors for business as the cogs of the UK property market slowly kicked into gear…

Estate Agent Today, 10/04/2020

Dog tired of working from home say Winkworth, Stacks and CJ Hole Quoting Bill and Stanley Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders Stacks Property Search and Acquisition, a much respected buying agency: Bill Spreckley – whose patch covers Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey – has sent us this delightful shot from his home office. “I’ve decided not to…

Estate Agent Today, 04/04/2020

What will the industry look like post coronavirus Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Even so, few believe that major change is on the way in the post-Coronavirus world. “When the crisis is over the market will be driven by increased demand and a shake-up in people’s attitude to how and where they live. The market…

The Negotiator, 18/03/2020

Can estate agencies survive the coronavirus pandemic As pubs, theatres, offices and estate agent branches empty across the UK, we asked the industry what they think might happen next. Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders “None of us know how this crisis is going to play out, but as buying agents our job is to continue…

Estate Agent Today, 11/03/2020

Stamp duty change and business rate holiday announced in budget Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, says on Twitter: “Relieved that the Chancellor has largely left SDLT alone. The two per cent surcharge for non-resident buyers is digestible – look at the property taxes they pay elsewhere.” Read the full story here

Moneywise, 11/03/2020

Budget 2020 stamp duty tweaked to help first time buyers and tackle homelessness Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says: “We’re very pleased he hasn’t messed around with stamp duty; what UK buyers and sellers need is certainty.  “The 2% on non-resident buyers is generally digestible; it’s likely to impact…

The Negotiator, 11/03/2020

Chancellor unveils £30bn budget spending boost Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search said, “We welcome the steps the Chancellor has taken to improve the housing infrastructure and address the terrible homeless situation. But we would have liked to see more on housing in the Budget to help free up underused property.…

Money, 07/03/2020

Pubs close every week: How easy are they to convert into family homes with stained glass window features and snugs? Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Despite the charm, there are some downsides to living in a pub. Some unmodernised pubs can have dark panels with small windows and low ceilings, while any car parking…

Daily Mail, 06/03/2020

Called to the bar Pubs may be closing every day — but they can be transformed into charming homes Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders ‘Bear in mind that some previous work — for example, electrics — may have been done by a mate of the landlord. It can lead to surprises, so make sure…

The Times, 28/02/20

New wave invasion Many seaside resorts are getting a hipster makeover as young families flock to the coast Quoting Anthony Pearce of Stacks Property Finders In Southend-on-Sea house prices have risen 27 per cent — more than anywhere else in Essex — since the opening of the expanded terminal at London Southend airport five years ago,…

Property Reporter, 25/02/2020

What to give up and what to keep when moving house As Lent approaches, Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Search looks at what to give up, and what not to give up, when moving house. Read the full story here

Property Reporter, 25/02/2020

Flooding: Advice for buyers James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search gives his advice on best practice for buying a home in a potential flood risk area:  Read the full story here

This is Money, 24/02/2020

Laughing all the way to the Sandbanks Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders But if you’re looking for a tired bungalow to transform, you may be out of luck ‘There are few old properties left to be demolished. The ones that remain are like hen’s teeth and are priced stratospherically,’ says James Law of buying agency…

Houseladder.co.uk, 22/02/2020

Flooded houses could suffer 30% hit on asking prices Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Meanwhile Stacks Property Search – another buying agency – has given Estate Agent Today an insight into how it will advise buying clients to approach the issue of floods when they look for a home. “Anything that looks remotely at…

Estate Agent Today, 21/02/2020

Flooded houses could suffer 30% hit on asking prices says agent Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Stacks Property Search – another buying agency – has given Estate Agent Today an insight into how it will advise buying clients to approach the issue of floods when they look for a home. Read the full story…

Daily Mail, 21/02/2020

Laughing all the way to the Sandbanks Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders But if you’re looking for a tired bungalow to transform, you may be out of luck. ‘There are few old properties left to be demolished. The ones that remain are like hen’s teeth and are priced stratospherically,’ says James Law, of buying agency…

Property Reporter, 18/02/2020

What does HS2 mean for homeowners, buyers and sellers Quoting Rachel Johnston and Emma Barkes of Stacks Property Finders Controversial. Difficult. Expensive. Three words which are synonymous with the high-speed rail link being built to cut travel times between London and Birmingham to 52 minutes. But is it worth it and how will this affect homeowners along…

Property Reporter, 05/02/2020

Property conversations for Valentine’s Day Quoting Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Finders Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Search outlines some top-line advice for couples who are planning their property futures. Read the full story here

Country Life, 29/01/2020

Bridging the gap Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Although removing bridge tolls in December 2018—saving commuters up to £1,400 a year—might not have felt quite as momentous, agents say the change has fuelled a spike in interest in Welsh property. ‘It’s noticeable—there’s definitely more activity,’ says managing director at Stacks Property Search James Greenwood…

The Times, 24/01/2020

The top places for vegetarians to live in the UK Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders “Climate change has become so central that it’s part of everyday supper-party conversation now,” says James Greenwood, a director at the buying agency Stacks Property Search. Read the full story here

Country Life, 22/01/2020

Boeing, Boeing, gone Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders Windsor, where average house prices are £556,772 according to Zoopla, ‘bears the greatest burden of flight-path noise,’ says Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search (020-7458 4155), adding, ‘I’ve often wondered how The Queen puts up with it’. He continues: ‘It doesn’t seem to put people off…

Daily Mail, 17/01/2020

Dark sky at night, buyers delight Quoting Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders Dark skies are part of “the Exmoor deal”,’ explains Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk), an agency helping buyers track down homes in the wilderness of Exmoor, the 270 sq miles of moorland and hills straddling north Devon and west Somerset. ‘The Exmoor…

The Negotiator, 06/01/2020

Property predictions: will 2020 be a ‘Boris bounce’ year? Quoting Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders The new decade is starting with bags of optimism following the General Election. But does it point to a ‘turning point’ year for property? “One way or another, 2020 will bring some political and economic resolution. Whatever that result is,…

Loveproperty.com, 18/12/19

The energy efficiency of homes will become increasingly important Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders There has been more talk of a climate emergency this year than ever before. In fact, Oxford Dictionaries has declared ‘climate emergency’ to be 2019’s word of the year and by September its usage had increased by 100 compared to…

New York Times, 11/12/19

INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE Quoting Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders House Hunting in England: A Modernist Gem in the Countryside The English harbor city of Bristol, near the Welsh border, is emerging as a vibrant alternative to increasingly expensive London. The historic city center and Harbourside districts are in high demand, brokers said. Popular suburbs for…

Sunday Times, 01/12/19

What downsizing tribe do you belong to? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The same-sizers (or the up- and downsizers) Upside Not having to get rid of half your possessions. Downside Your nest may never be empty. Top tip “It’s a mistake to move too far from your children, however idyllic the location,” says James Greenwood, of the…

Country Life, 27/11/19

Going round the bend Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Curves have always had allure—and we’re not only talking about the female figure. From Stonehenge to Zaha Hadid’s creations, rounded buildings delight and fascinate in equal measure and often make for distinctive homes. ‘They’re easy on the eye and we’re instinctively drawn to the curved…

Evening Standard, 27/11/19

Grab a new home for your Christmas stocking Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Developers’ willingness to strike a deal in the run-up to Christmas is not so much an outbreak of charity as a need to meet sales quotas before the end of the year. “Agents and developers are often working extra hard to…

Daily Mail, 15/11/19

The foodie factor Quoting Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Finders A good example is Bath farmers’ market held at the former Green Park railway station, which is believed to be the longest established farmers market in the UK, running since 1997. ‘The market certainly adds value and great benefit to those streets around Green Park and…

ES: Homes and Property, 13/11/19

Best London commuter towns Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders Marlow has considerably more kerb appeal than slightly bland south-west London and Putney. Marlow shares the Thames but it’s further downriver with a landmark bridge entrance, riverside pubs and a curated, cared-for town centre of independent shops and plenty of restaurants, with a big family buzz…

Daily Mail, 02/11/19

How much could you save by moving away from London? Up to £66,000 per mile, new study finds Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders If you are serious about relocating for your bank balance’s sake, how do you ensure the town you pick is a good place to live? James Greenwood, at Stacks property search…

The Negotiator, 01/11/19

The Negotiator Awards 2019 The Shortlist 2019 Website of the year nominee Read the full story here

What House, 29/10/19

What the bank of mum and dad should know before deciding to lend Quoting Christy Bartlett of Stacks Property Finders If you’re a parent considering lending money to help your children, there are several important factors to consider. Christy Bartlett of Stacks Property Search explains everything you should know if you’re thinking of becoming the Bank…

Daily Mail, 28/10/19

Bid to increase bee and butterfly numbers by letting gardens overgrow is hitting property prices and sparking rows between neighbours, experts warn Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders The trend for homeowners to allow their gardens to grow wild to attract bees and butterflies is causing rows between neighbours and damaging property prices, warn estate agents.…

Yahoo.com, 27/10/19

Rewilding light Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders The new rewilding trend for ‘mini meadows’ is causing rows between neighbours and damaging property prices, estate agents have warned. Leaving one’s garden to become a wild meadow abundant with daisies and butterflies has become a low-effort trend amongst the eco-conscious. Springwatch this year featured writer and presenter…

The Telegraph, 27/10/19

How does your garden grow? Fad for ‘wild’ meadows can upset the neighbours Quoting James Law of Stacks Property Finders James Law, of Stacks Property Search, said: “We found a big appetite for what we call ‘rewilding-lite’. “The concept of restoring natural processes to large areas of the countryside would seem, on the face of it, hard…

House Beautiful, 22/10/19

Charming pink bungalow on sale for £400,000 in Reading Quoting Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders It’s been said that bungalows are regaining popularity once more. High demand for single storey properties combined with declining supply, means that in many areas, the humble bungalow demands a significant price premium. Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Search explained last year: ‘More and…

Daily Telegraph, 19/10/19

Could you live on the wilds of Dartmoor? Quoting Christy Bartlett of Stacks Property Finders It’s not a lifestyle that everyone aspires to but it makes for a near-unique housing market. “The eastern side of the moor is only 30 minutes from the M5 and Exeter Airport, but feels very remote as soon as you get…

The Negotiator, 15/10/19

Brexit jitters – why it’s a mistake to wait Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Brexit is responsible for a great deal of misery, not least in the property market. James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search explains why it’s a mistake to wait. Read the full story here

Daily Telegraph, 12/10/19

A brand new life amongst the bright lights Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders The influx of older people to the capital has been growing steadily. So where do retirees go? While younger buyers are driven by proximity to their workplace or good schools, the same is not true for pensioners. Some want to be…

The Times, 11/10/19

Why people are no longer downsizing Quoting Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Finders The much-maligned bungalow is having the last laugh compared with the terraced house in terms of prices per square foot in many parts of the country. Bungalows can achieve a “significant premium”, says Louise Riding of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, “because…

Estate Agent Today, 04/10/19

Brexit uncertainty – buyers advised not to wait any longer Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Buying agency Stacks Property Search says Brexit has been responsible for a ‘great deal of misery’ and subsequently led to a shortage of stock in all sectors. “The problem with the seemingly endless wait for political issues to resolve…

Property Reporter, 03/10/19

Six reasons why it’s a mistake to wait to move home Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Brexit is responsible for a great deal of misery, not least in the property market. Vast numbers of people who have a desire or need to move are reluctant to make big buying decisions while we are beset…

The Negotiator, 01/10/19

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The Times, 28/09/19

Pay private school fees or move house? You do the maths Quoting Louise Ridings and Emma Barkes of Stacks Property Finders Stacks Property Search in the East Midlands, says that the rise is “putting pressure on the best state schools, with property prices near oversubscribed schools such as the Priory Academy LSST in Lincoln, and the Kesteven and…

Property Reporter, 25/09/19

Advice for the bank of mum and dad Quoting Christy Bartlett of Stacks Property Finders For most parental (or grand-parental) bankers, the greatest difficulty is generally finding the cash! However, this hurdle should by no means be the start and finish of the exercise. Christy Bartlett , Stacks Property Search, has this advice: “As bankers, it should…

Daily Mail, 20/09/19

Live like a lord in a stately wing Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Experts have mixed feelings about these type of homes. ‘There’s something rather wonderful about seeing an enormous country house at the end of a drive,’ says James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders. ‘But buyers should remember that properties like this were…

Daily Telegraph, 07/09/19

A slice of Cornwall to suit all sorts Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Today’s Cornwall is no longer “just” a holiday hotspot or a retirement haven, descriptions which have dened it for decades. It now attracts different tribes, from gourmets to start-up entrepreneurs to artists; as a result, its housing market is more vibrant…

The Negotiator, 01/09/19

NEW IS THE NEW OLD Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Traditionally, period London property has consistently outperformed new build in terms of desirability and price, but, says Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search, “We’re beginning to see the tide turn, with a whole range of buyers preferring new to old. “The ‘jewel in the…

Daily Express, 06/09/19

Change as good as a rest Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders Nick Wooldridge, of home-finding service Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk), who says: “A greater hurdle in our experience, is the fear of change; fear of letting go of the past and the emotional hoops that will have to be jumped through to decide what…

Estate Agent Today, 02/09/19

Stamp Duty: will conveyancers help buyers wanting to pay less? Quoting Gideon Sumption and Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders A London estate agency says one of its buyers wants to delay completion until November 1 “just in case stamp duty is changed in October”. Aylesford International director Brendan Roberts says one of his firm’s buyers…

Sunday Times, 01/09/19

How to do a deal before no deal The only option, according to the experts, is to play hardball — for the gutsy customer, that means going in with a low offer. “Try 20% to 30% below the developer’s asking price,” says Sara Ransom, London director of Stacks Property Search, another agency that represents prospective…

Daily Mail, 23/08/19

Plot a lazy future Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Buying a property with communal gardens isn’t entirely straightforward and there are stories of residents being landed with suddenly inflated management fees. “The key to buying successfully is engagement,’ says James Greenwood of Stacks property Search. ‘Join any committee that oversees the grounds and study…

Property Reporter, 05/08/19

Out with the old, in with the new Quoting Sara Random of Stacks Property Finders The tide is beginning to turn in the capital with a surge of interest in newer property, says Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search. Read the full story here

Prime Resi, 31/07/19

Why new is the new old for today’s prime property buyers Quoting Sara Random of Stacks Property Finders Attitudes towards new-builds are changing in London as developers continue to up their game, suggests buying agent Sara Ransom… Read the full story here

Showhouse, 30/07/19

Why new homes are becoming more popular than period properties Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders The sales of new build homes rocketed over 25% in June, according to Land Registry data. It seems environmentally conscious millennials are losing their taste for drafts and hefty maintenance bills, as Sara Ransom from Stacks Property Search explains.…

The National, 28/07/19

From the UAE to the UK: how to invest in a home from afar Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders James Greenwood, managing director of British property finder Stacks, answers some of the most common questions about buying a home in England from Dubai Read the full story here

The Times, 26/07/19

How will Boris Johnson being prime minister affect the housing market? We answer your questions on the outlook for prices and taxes under the new prime minister Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders What about rural areas? Young couples and families who want to move out of city centres in search of better air and…

Sunday Times, 14/07/19

Poldark fever buoys Cornwall’s tourist trade as final season airs There is one other big drawback for locals. “Male Cornish residents complain that wives keep comparing their husbands’ cream-tea abs with Aidan Turner’s,” said Clare Coode, of the buying agency Stacks Property Search in Cornwall. Read the full story here

This is money, 28/06/19

Look out for the foodie factor when buying a home: why a trendy restaurant scene is a good sign that an area’s house prices are on the up. Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders ‘Padstow only hit the giddy heights of £1million-plus houses after Rick Stein became famous,’ says Clare Coode, of Stacks Property Search.…

Daily Mail, 28/06/19

Look out for the foodie factor when buying a home: why a trendy restaurant scene is a good sign that an area’s house prices are on the up. Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders ‘Padstow only hit the giddy heights of £1million-plus houses after Rick Stein became famous,’ says Clare Coode, of Stacks Property Search.…

The Times, 28/06/19

Why now is a good time for sellers Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Can I be greedy with my asking price? No. Buyers are looking for value and are increasingly knowledgeable about the market. “They are not prepared to pay silly money just because pickings are slim,” says Clare Coode of Stacks Property Search,…

Daily Mail, 21/06/19

Fancy a bit on the side? Planning laws have been relaxed so it’s now easier than ever to enlarge your home Quoting Sara Ransom and Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Finders Sara Ransom, of Stacks Property Search. ‘Extending into the loft may seem the most economical option, but, if the result is too much restricted ceiling…

Sunday Times, 16/06/19

How to unpack your house Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders You have endured the white-knuckle stress of buying a property or the hassle of dealing with letting agents and landlords. You have shelled out eye-watering sums of money, bundled up your worldly goods and loaded them into a van. Yet the work doesn’t stop…

This is money, 14/06/19

Work on the wild side Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The Armes make upping sticks sound easy but it can pose problems. ‘Agreeing on the value of the business may be tricky,’ says James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders. ‘Some small businesses are successful purely because of the owner and it may be impossible…

Daily Mail, 14/06/19

Work on the wild side Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The Armes make upping sticks sound easy but it can pose problems. ‘Agreeing on the value of the business may be tricky,’ says James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders. ‘Some small businesses are successful purely because of the owner and it may be impossible…

Estate Agent Today, 13/06/19

Tricks of the trade: buying agent reveals tips for purchasers using portals Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search has revealed how she advises potential clients to use portals when looking for a property to buy – and she insists that such websites are an aid, not a substitute for…

Property Reporter, 11/06/19

How to boost your property search engine experience Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders It’s fair to say that these days most property searches start on the internet. However, Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search suggests that online should be an aid, not a substitute for an exhaustive property search. Buyers that restrict their research…

Property Reporter, 04/06/19

The psychology of downsizing Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search takes a look at why the new generation of empty nesters appear so reluctant to downsize. Read the full story here

Daily Telegraph, 01/06/19

There’s more to the west country than nostalgia Quoting Clare Coode and Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders BEER, DEVON OK, so there’s paddle-boarding off the coast but otherwise this port, with just over 1,300 residents, is supertraditional. There’s a shingle beach, where you can look out at fishing boats winched up as there’s no harbour, plus…

The Times, 17/05/19

The risks of Chelsea Flower Show garden envy Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders The show is glorious but don’t get carried away by horticultural one-upmanship Rachel Johnston of Stacks buying agency says: “After Chelsea people can get a bit carried away about how much garden they really want or can cope with. They view…

The Times, 17/05/19

Take me to where I can breathe in the clean fresh air Quoting Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks Property Finders Don’t rush, or you may regret it With so many people packing up to move, agents say there is the possibility that many will find they have relocated to a place in which they are not happy.…

Daily Express, 10/05/19

Boom Town Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders Once known for its roundabouts and concrete cows, Milton Keynes is now one of Britain’s fastest-growing towns and a property hotspot thanks to easy access to London and Birmingham and, crucially, its affordable property prices. Work started on this “new town” after a 1967 Act of Parliament to…

The Times, 10/05/19

Know your pantries from your larders Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Will a larder help to sell my house? Property agents say that they are not often asked for walk-in larders, unless potential buyers had one previously, and then it becomes non-negotiable. Clare Coode of Stacks Property Search says: “Once you’ve had a…

Daily Telegraph, 08/05/19

The rise, fall and rise of Penzance Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Penzance’s rise is seen by agents as a draw for a new type of buyer, made up of more adventurous second-homers who previously looked only at long-established tourist hotspots . “Buyers who would once only have considered Rock are now increasingly…

Daily Telegraph, 04/05/19

Keep right on to the end of the road Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Penzance’s rise is seen by agents as a draw for a new type of buyer, made up of more adventurous second-homers who previously looked only at longestablished tourist hotspots. “Buyers who would once only have considered Rock are now…

Daily Mail, 03/05/19

Pastures new Reap the rewards of the good life on a smallholding Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders ‘People like the idea of slow food and family activity so go in for growing, brewing, curing, smoking and pickling for a farmers market,’ says James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search (stacks.co.uk) a buying agency. Read…

This is Money, 03/05/19

Tired of the hustle and bustle? To pastures new Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Fifteen years ago buyers wanted five acres without knowing what to do with it: now buyers who want small amounts of land have a definite need — ponies, growing things, or privacy. ‘People like the idea of slow food…

Sunday Times, 29/04/19

Has the spring gone out of the housing market? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Take the plunge,” advises James Greenwood, managing director of the buying agency Stacks Property Search. “Lack of supply is driving buyers nuts, so any decent new property will be favourably received — but whatever you do, don’t be tempted…

The Times, 26/04/19

How to find your dream home Quoting James Greenwood and Christy Bartlett of Stacks Property Finders The grey market generally attracts sellers who are reluctant to lower their asking price. These are classically unrushed sellers, testing the market without much of the associated hassle. Christy Bartlett of Stacks Property Search says. “This is an increasingly accepted…

Mansion Global, 23/04/19

How to prepare your garden for a house sale Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search, a property finder, says that there is a rise in demand for properties in garden squares. “These are increasingly popular among London buyers because they have the advantage of outside space, but none…

Daily Telegraph, 20/04/19

The enduring appeal of thatched cottages Quoting Christy Bartlett of Stacks Property Finders “Buyers tend not to be drawn to thatch. It’s to do with lack of light, lower ceilings, and dated configuration more than maintenance and insurance. Demand is lower than it has been,” explains Christopher Bartlett, a buying agent at Stacks Property Search…

Daily Telegraph, 20/04/19

Revealed: the newest celebrity hotspot Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders “Everyone wants privacy, but celebs coming here are obsessed with it,” says Clare Coode, a buying agent with Stacks Property Search in Cornwall, who has helped many of the county’s best-known residents and second homeowners find houses. “One famous buyer insisted that the…

The Times, 19/04/19

How to make the most of your garden Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search, a property finder, says that there is a rise in demand for properties in garden squares. “These are increasingly popular among London buyers because they have the advantage of outside space, but none of…

Daily Mail, 12/04/19

Top of the league Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders ‘Tottenham’s new stadium is more than a football venue; it’s a catalyst for change in the area,’ says Nick Whitten, director of UK research at property consultant JLL. ‘It is part of the area’s wider regeneration.’ These changes involve improving nearby White Hart Lane…

The Times, 12/04/19

How you can take the guesswork out of valuing your home Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Go low or high? Get the value of your property right and you can still sell quickly. Get it wrong and you could end up in a state of property purgatory, unsure when you will move. Some…

Deal Makerz, 10/04/19

What Does The Property Industry Think Of The Candy Brothers? Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders They were symbols of London’s post-Millennium property heyday and proof that when it comes to designing homes for foreign oligarchs, nothing succeeds like excess. But what happened to Nick and Christian Candy, the Brothers Bling who spent £6,000…

Sunday Times, 07/04/19

The long viewing Ready to buy? Here’s what to look out for before you make an offer Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Vital questions to ask about flats Apartments, whether purpose-built or converted, require additional investigation. Check the length of the lease, the size of communal areas (if you need to get bikes…

Daily Telegraph, 06/04/19

The sound of rushing water will stay with me forever’ These pre-industrial relics on our rivers make great conversions that are perfect for people seeking a refuge from the stresses of modern life, finds Fred Redwood Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Greenwood at Stacks Property Search warns that as well as safety concerns,…

Daily Telegraph, 23/03/19

An unlikely place to find village life – Milton Keynes Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders “There’s definitely, for some, an air of disdain for Milton Keynes, but it makes for a satisfying surprise when friends visit to see how rural you can be within a £15 cab ride of the range of amenities…

Daily Telegraph, 23/03/19

Why first time buyers haven’t had it this good for years Quoting Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Finders Bristol is one of the UK’s most expensive cities, which means most first-time buyers can forget a nice little flat in Clifton or the Harbourside. “Bedminster is a skip over the bridge from Bristol city centre and…

Daily Telegraph, 23/03/19

Bright spots for buyers Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders “One of the advantages of a slow market is that you have more time for due diligence, so you should be negotiating from a very strong position,” explains James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency. “Buyers should start with the vendors’ position.…

Daily Mail, 22/03/19

North Cornwall is a smash hit Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders “Whenever there’s a series of Poldark I get buyers looking for mean and moody farmhouses on Bodmin Moor,’ says Clare Coode of Stacks property search. ‘With Fisherman’s Friends, I anticipate requests for cute little cottages overlooking the harbour.” Read the full story…

Property Reporter, 19/03/19

Top tips to help you buy a house for your children Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search offers her advice to parents who are helping their children buy a property. Read the full story here    

Sunday Times, 17/03/19

Give it some welly Millennials are flocking to the countryside, swapping urban fads for a better quality of life Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders SELECT YOUR AREA CAREFULLY : Do you need to commute back to the city for work? What are the local education options (even if you don’t have children yet)?…

Move to Surrey

CONNECTIONS Good links to the A3 for the M25, London, Gatwick, Heathrow and the south coast. You’re less likely to encounter much riff-raff on your daily commute, as it’s believed the town has the highest number of first-class season ticket holders in the country. Commuting’s fantastic, with five direct trains an hour to Waterloo in…

Daily Mail, 08/03/19

Looking to build an extension to your home? Why orangeries are the new popular – and posher – alternative to conservatories Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders ‘Older conservatories can have rotting timber and corroded iron work, which puts off buyers,’ says James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search. ‘Modern ones are generally more impressive,…

Property Investor Today, 22/02/19

Property expert reveals how to spot investment potential Quoting Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks Property Finders With thrift being a new buying trend, buying agent Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks Property Search offers advice for purchasers looking for potential in prospective investments. According to the expert, buyers are looking for properties that offers plenty of square footage…

Mail on Sunday, 10/02/19

Get in the Zone Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Read the full story here    

The Times, 8/02/19

Makeover your garden with a dining area Quoting Rachel Johnston and Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Rachel Johnston and Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search explain changes in what makes a garden desirable.   Read the full story here    

Property Reporter, 1/02/19

Is now the best time to buy a property in London? Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search says: “With the continued political uncertainty still holding its grip on the Prime Central London market, there is a general feeling amongst agents and buying agents alike that the pent-up demand will…

Estate Agent Today, 31/01/19

Industry chief says No Deal is worst outcome as London prices drop 20% Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders Meanwhile in prime central London – the area of the country where the housing market is most drastically affected by Brexit according to many agents – one buying company says dramatic price falls have presented…

Sunday Times, 27/01/19

Just get on with it – Don’t let Brexit put you off making your move Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders As Burrell, of Capital Economics, explains: “In an environment of relatively weak house-price inflation, there is little to be lost in delaying a purchase until there is greater clarity. At the same time, the…

Daily Mail, 11/01/19

Mary’s in a pickle! Even the queen of Bake Off is struggling to sell her home in such a stodgy market Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The market in London is likely to be the slowest, with fewer international buyers, mainly due to economic and political uncertainty, including Brexit, according to the predictions…

Houseladder.co.uk, 4/01/19

British property market set to be slow until after Brexit in March 2019 Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The market in London is likely to be the slowest, with fewer international buyers, mainly due to economic and political uncertainty, including Brexit, according to the predictions from property experts. However, despite the market not…

Inside Conveyancing, 4/01/19

British property market set to be slow until after Brexit in March 2019 Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The market in London is likely to be the slowest, with fewer international buyers, mainly due to economic and political uncertainty, including Brexit, according to the predictions from property experts. However, despite the market not…

Property Wire, 4/01/19

British property market set to be slow until after Brexit in March 2019 Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders he British property market is likely to see a slow start to the new year, with continued concerns about Brexit expected to affect buyer and seller decisions until after the UK leaves the European Union…

Your Home, Jan ‘19

Bring your bungalow into the 21st century Quoting Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Finders Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Search says, “A decent extension and improvement project is likely to show a good return on investment. Bungalows suit contemporary design trends for open-plan, lateral space with opportunity to create access to outside living areas. Invest…

London Property, 1/01/19

Welcome to 2019 – what’s in store? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders “We expect 2019 to be a good year for the property market as a decision of some sort is made on Brexit,” forecasts James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency that operates in London and across the UK. “There…

Evening Standard, 25/12/18

Home buyers:10 tips for making an offer on a property to bag the best deal Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Making a well-researched and considered offer could save you thousands when buying a home. 6. KNOW WHO YOU’RE DEALING WITH You can afford to be pushier when dealing with a housebuilder, where there…

Moneywise, December ‘18

What next for the property market in 2019? Experts share their predictions. Quoting James Greenwood. of Stacks Property Finders  It has been easy to predict what major house price indices will report: that house prices are fairly flat and London and the South East are not performing as well as other regions. But will we…

Daily Mail, 21/12/18

A mixed forecast The property market is feeling the chill but don’t rule out a warmer spell Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Many anticipate that if the UK leaves the EU as planned in March, the pent up demand of buyers who have sat on their hands since 2016 will finally be unleashed.…

Sunday Times, 16/12/18

Four bedrooms good, seven figures bad Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders The average price of a family home in London is nudging £1m. For those moving from a below-average-priced suburb to a more expensive area in inner London, for buyers whose previous house was purchased on an interest-only mortgage, the sums become scarier…

Property Reporter, 5/12/18

London: where to buy in 2019 Quoting Sara Ransom. of Stacks Property Finders  Buying in London is a great deal more relaxed than it once was. Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search, offers her advice for ‘shrewd London buys’ in 2019   Read the full story here    

Buyassociation.co.uk, 3/12/18

Property market predictions for 2019 Quoting James Greenwood. of Stacks Property Finders  James Greenwood, regional director of Stacks Property Search, stated: “More supply will be matched by more demand and I don’t expect us to see any dramatic rise or fall in prices across the board.”   Read the full story here    

The Sunday Times, 2/12/18

Design experts share their tips on creating a serene sanctuary from the seasonal hustle and bustle Quoting James Greenwood. of Stacks Property Finders  Owning a house that’s big enough to accommodate all the family easily for Christmas is unlikely. James Greenwood, a director at the buying agency Stacks property search has a simple solution: “Many…

The Property Drop, 1/12/18

Property predictions 2019 Quoting James Greenwood, Sally Fraser and Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders page 27 Stacks regional directors share their views on what will be happening to the property market in 2019.   Read the full story here    

Daily Mail, 12/1/19

How to sell your home in a tough market… when even Bake Off’s Mary Berry is struggling to get her gorgeous 18th-century farmhouse sold Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders The market in London is likely to be the slowest, with fewer international buyers, mainly due to economic and political uncertainty, including Brexit, according…

Property Investor Today, 30/11/18

What will happen to the property market in 2019? Quoting James Greenwood, Bill Spreckley and Sally Fraser. of Stacks Property Finders  Property search agency Stacks Property has revealed its predictions for the market in 2019, with expectations of a good year to come once Brexit negotiations are sorted. James Greenwood, owner and managing director of…

Estate Agent Today, 2/11/18

Transactions to rise in 2019 says top agent Quoting James Greenwood. of Stacks Property Finders  One of the country’s top buying agents says he expects 2019 to be a much better year than 2018 as Brexit uncertainty subsides. James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says: “There are an estimated 6m households living in the wrong…

Property Reporter, 28/11/18

Property Predictions 2019 Quoting James Greenwood, Bill Spreckley and Sally Fraser. of Stacks Property Finders  Nobody can deny that it has been a difficult year for landlords, homeowners and the UK in general. And with just over a month to go before we head into what may prove to be an even more challenging year,…

Daily Telegraph, 17/11/18

Returning a home to Victorian splendour Quoting Clare Coode, of Stacks Property Finders  But how many purchasers might be interested in buying such a time capsule? “I don’t think preserving a property in aspic adds value,” says Clare Coode of Stacks Property Search. “Most people want some period features, but updated. The only time when…

Kent Life / Dorset Magazine / Surrey Life / Herefordshire Life, November ’18

The Property challenge ahead for the baby boomers Quoting Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders Buying a property that suits you in your 60s and 70s, that will continue to meet your needs in the years beyond, is a challenge that is being faced by more and more buyers as the baby boomers come of…

Expat Forum, 15/11/18

British expats face challenges buying a property ahead of move home Quoting Bill Spreckley. of Stacks Property Finders  Expats moving back to Britain face challenges if they need to find a home to buy with many surprised by the rise in prices in places like London. While many expats, who planned to only work abroad…

Daily Mail, 10/11/18

Crowd pleasers: How towns with good theatres are an added attraction for homebuyers Quoting James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Finders  Just as you can judge a restaurant by the quality of its chips, so you can get the measure of a town by its theatre — if it has one. “I don’t deny you need…

Daily Telegraph, 10/11/18

The secret seasides of the West Country Quoting Clarey Coode of Stacks Property Finders ishing and the West Country go together. For many holiday homeowners and for occasional visitors, the combination probably evokes thoughts of restaurants run by Rick Stein in Padstow (where langoustines on ice is a speciality) or Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac…

Daily Mail, 10/11/18

A mixed forecast The property market is feeling the chill but don’t rule out a warmer spell Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Just as you can judge a restaurant by the quality of its chips, so you can get the measure of a town by its theatre — if it has one. Sadly,…

Daily Mail, 26/10/18

Home for sale: ghost included Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders This autumn’s movie chiller, The Little Stranger, features a rambling old house, owners with a secret past, unexplained accidents, bloodshed and ghostly goings on. Staple ingredients of horror, but what if a home has its own history of violence or was the scene…

Property Reporter, 16/10/18

Demand for allotments is growing Quoting Louise Ridings and Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Allotment gardening has been an important part of society for hundreds of years. Today, they are extremely popular and waiting lists are long. In addition to the obvious benefits of growing fresh healthy food for free, allotment gardening has been demonstrated to…

The Property Drop, 15/10/18

Allotment demand nationally high – but availability in Monmouth Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Many anticipate that if the UK leaves the EU as planned in March, the pent up demand of buyers who have sat on their hands since 2016 will finally be unleashed. “There are an estimated 6m households in the…

Sunday Times, 14/10/18

How low will this flat go? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders How many reduced property alerts have you received today? I’ll bet it’s reached double figures, as panicking — or suddenly realistic — sellers try to seal a deal before Brexit in March. Price-cutting has hit a seven-year high, according to Home.co.uk’s latest Asking…

Daily Mail, 5/10/18

Market towns Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders Old-fashioned and attractive, with retro charm, market towns are the Morris Travellers of the property world. They are also popular with housebuyers, commanding a premium of more than £30,000 over neighbouring towns, according to Lloyds Bank research. And that is down to a traditional sense of community.…

Daily Telegraph, 8/9/18

Forget cream teas: why Cornwall is becoming a focus of innovation and entrepreneurship Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders Cornwall: it’s all about Poldark, cream teas and surfing, right? Well, no – not any more. While no one can deny the county’s picture-postcard holiday reputation, it has more recently become the focus of ­innovation…

Daily Telegraph, 25/8/18

Going off-grid: Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders hat does “living off-grid” mean to you? Perhaps a commune led by a new-age version of Bear Grylls? People surviving on meals scrambled from what they can grow? A yurt or a tree house that combines discomfort and piety in equal measure? That image might be fuelled…

Daily Telegraph, 18/8/18

Don’t have enough space at home? Buy the house next door Quoting Sara Ransom and Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders With the “improve, don’t move” mantra ringing in their ears – sometimes fuelled by a reluctance to pay the huge stamp duty bill involved in upsizing to a bigger house – many homeowners are…

The Daily Telegraph, 4/8/18

‘As rare as unicorns’: does the idyllic British village still exist? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders he property market has seen better days (transactions fell by an annual 5.7 per cent in June) but one group of people refuses to be tied down: the city dwellers upping sticks and chasing the good life.…

Property Reporter, 2/8/18

What makes the perfect London garden? Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders In a large sprawling concrete jungle such as London, decent gardens can be a rare find. Somewhere green to relax and recharge your batteries before doing battle on the tube can be a godsend. However, a garden needs looking after and if…

The Daily Telegraph, 14/07/18

Where to find the bright spots in the market Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders You might be forgiven for thinking that in such a sluggish market, property hotspots – areas where local house price growth soars high above their neighbours – were a thing of the past. The Land Registry reported that the UK’s…

The Daily Telegraph, 14/07/18

Where to find the bright spots in the market Forest of Dean Quoting James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Finders  This area is becoming incredibly fashionable,” explains James Greenwood of buying agency Stacks Property Search. Hometrack found that property prices in this area of west Gloucestershire rose by 6.2 per cent in the past year, and…

The Times, 13/07/18

It’s a scorcher: hot garden looks to lure buyers Quoting Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Finders Hello, heatwave. How you are loved by makers of garden furniture. Habitat reports that it has shifted more garden furniture this year than in any other year in its 54-year trading history — 40 per cent more than last…

The Times, 13/07/18

It’s a scorcher: hot garden looks to lure buyers Make your backyard Instagram-worthy Quoting Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Finders  Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Search says that treehouses are the latest outdoor status symbol, and they can be used as a spare room or to provide an Airbnb-style income. She adds that not all…

Sunday Times, 8/07/18

Little pieces of heaven – villages Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders It almost certainly has an old rectory, a church and a neatly manicured green. There might be a pub and a community shop, too, and, if you’re really lucky, a primary school. Yes, we’re talking about the quintessential British village. These days,…

Sunday Times, 08/07/18

Little pieces of heaven when it comes to the perfect village, small is beautiful. Quoting James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Finders  The British village housing market is in a transition period, adds the buying agent James Greenwood, managing editor of Stacks Property Search. When it comes to having a shop, a pub and a community…

Sunday Times, 24/06/18

What’s the point of a property surveyor? Quoting James Greenwood  of Stacks Property Finders  The latest Which? Mortgage Advisers survey of movers shows that, of the buyers who commissioned a survey, 42% found a problem with the property. While this sounds extreme, the issues raised are increasingly helping buyers to renegotiate prices. “The surveyor acting…

Property Reporter, 21/06/18

Why people buy what they didn’t realise they wanted Quoting Sally Fraser of Stacks Property Finders  Rural property buyers tend to have a clear list of ‘must haves’. However, buyers often spend too long being unprepared to compromise on these requirements and wind up buying something that doesn’t meet the criteria much further down the…

Daily Telegraph, 20/06/18

Boating and birdwatching: live on one of the West Country’s idyllic estuaries Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders  The highest demand for waterside properties is for the quiet havens for boating and birdwatching on the area’s sought-after estuaries, according to Stacks Property Search, a buying agency. “What’s not to like?, asks Clare Coode of…

Sunday Times, 17/06/18

How to buy your first family home Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  The biggest challenge for new parents isn’t nappies or sleepless nights, it’s swapping first flat for family home. James Greenwood is managing director of Stacks Property Search, which now runs surgeries in its London offices for couples struggling to rank their…

Telegraph, 11/06/18

Why a village shop is a must-have  – and can add thousands to house prices Quoting Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders  Another former award-winner, Ludwell Stores in tiny Ludwell, near Dorset’s picture-postcard village of Shaftesbury, is a similar community magnet. “It’s run by aristocratic locals who have learnt to use the coffee machine and…

Sunday Times, 13/05/18

Moving Targets Quoting Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Finders  With prices and stock levels low, which are the areas you should be setting your sights on? Going west, Craig Fuller, regional director of Stacks Property Search, tips Gloucestershire. “In Painswick, Stroud and east of the M5, there are huge opportunities to get large houses —…

Property Reporter, 28/03/16

Why you shouldn’t wait for the price to come down Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  Everyone loves a good deal. And no more so than when making arguably the biggest purchase of our lives. Valuing is unquestionably an imprecise art. James Greenwood, managing director of Stacks, offers his advice.   Read the full…

The Express, 06/04/18

How to take advantage of the spring property market Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  The spring property market is officially with us and although it may be chillier than normal it is the prime time to put your home up for sale or look for one to buy. James Greenwood, managing director of…

Estate Agent Today, 29/03/18

Buying agent says ‘guide prices’ confuse valuations and purchasers Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  As the Easter sales weekend kicks off, the head of a prominent buying agency says estate agents confuse the true valuation of a home by attaching ‘guide prices’ or by calling for offers ‘in the region of’ or ‘in…

The Times, 18/03/18

Please sir, can I have your house Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  “A shortage of stock means buyers are resorting to begging letters The hit rate for begging letters is about 5%, estimates James Greenwood, managing director of Stacks Property Search. People who have been contemplating selling up might be persuaded by a…

Daily Mail, 16/03/18

Well-connected Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders  “Windsor appeals to a range of buyers, but the majority are commuters migrating out of London,” says Nick Wooldridge.   Read full story here

The Times, 23/02/18

Hide the bins Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  You can buy or build a bespoke enclosure to put them in, or use clever landscaping and gardening tricks. James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says: “Hiding or screening eyesores that you’ve stopped noticing outside the house, but that might put off buyers, is an…

LV.com, 20/02/18

Can you create kerb appeal on a budget of £200? Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders  First impressions count when you’re selling a house, but making an impact needn’t be expensive. Follow these expert strategies from Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search and spruce up at low, or even no, cost.   Read full…

Sunday Times, 18/02/18

UK locations reaping the richest rewards from new road and rail links, Small local changes can make a big difference. Quoting James Greenwood & Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders  Down in Cornwall, the recently completed dualling of the A30 near Bodmin has taken a handy 15 minutes off many trips in the county, while…

Property Reporter, 14/02/18

Why an annexe is win-win Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders  Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search explains the advantages of having an annexe. You may also be interested in this: Properties with an Annexe   Read the full story here

Daily Mail, 09/02/18

Making the grade with a listed home Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  ‘Before you buy, see the local council listed buildings officer who will give an indication of whether your proposed changes seem appropriate,’ says James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search. ‘Check if any specific feature underpins the listed status — this is likely…

Daily Express, 09/02/18

Bungalows are set to be the coolest living places of the future Quoting Louise Ridings, Bill Spreckley  of Stacks Property Finders  A good lateral extension and improvement project is likely to show a good return on investment,” says the company’s Louise Ridings. “Bungalows suit contemporary design trends for open-plan, lateral space with plenty of opportunity to…

Daily Mail, 26/01/18

Miniature railways and hot tickets for train enthusiasts Quoting George Barkes of Stacks Property Finders  For some enthusiasts, having a miniature railway in the grounds of their home is as essential as off-street parking or a south- facing garden. George Barkes, of Stacks Property Search, says: ‘The chances of a substantial model railway attracting a…

Sunday Times, 14/01/18

London v the shires: 13 questions to ask yourself before leaving the capital Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  With a record number of people selling up, Home assesses the pros and cons of city buzz and country life 1 Are you just bored? The first question that the buying agent James Greenwood asks…

The Times, 14/01/18

Londoners flee as house prices stall Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  A slowing market and pollution are driving homeowners in wealthy areas to swap the city for the commuter belt Uncertainty over the past 10 years has created “a huge, pent-up bulge of people who would have moved out of London but haven’t”,…

The Times, 07/01/18

10 steps to climbing the property ladder Quoting Clare Coode & Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Finders  Moving to a bigger home is a costly business — but this year could offer a golden opportunity Moving from a coastal village to one a mile inland can knock 50% off the price, while leaving you within reach…

Daily Telegraph, 31/12/17

Be beside the seaside – all year round  By Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders  Not all coastal towns are grim out of season. Savvy house-hunters look for places with attractions in both summer and winter. Clare Coode of Stacks Property Search shares her thoughts on why Falmouth is great all year round.

Daily Mail, 29/12/17

Next year’s trends and predictions Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  Hold on tight, all will not be quiet on the home front. James Greenwood and Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks Property Search make their predictions.   Read full story here

Gloucestershire Live, 26/12/17

Will your home sell in 2018? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  This is what will be in and out of property fashion this year. Directors of Stacks Property Search identify likely property trends.   Read full story here

The Negotiator, 20/12/17

Buying agents Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  Buying agents are, says James Greenwood, a great go-between for buyers and estate agents, guiding the buyer, smoothing the path to completion.   Read full story here

Money Observer, 13/12/17

Which way will property prices go in 2018? Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  Are you considering whether to step on to the property ladder in 2018, move up the ladder or invest in the market? Well, it seems that the year ahead will be just as challenging as 2017, whether it is post-Brexit…

Daily Mail, 8/12/17

Seeing the wood for the trees: Why woodland retreats are becoming the must-have property Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  James Greenwood, at Stacks Property Search, has clients who buy houses in woodland to benefit their health. ‘Some see purchasing woodland as the equivalent of having their own personal health spa,’ he says.  …

Estate Agent Today, 18/11/17

Property experts reveal their Autumn Budget wishlist Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders  Scrap stamp duty  Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Search would like to see the introduction of a sales tax to replace SDLT. He proposes, “A basic charge linked to the location, type and size of a property, and an uplift related…

Evening Standard, 22/11/17

Where to find yourself an ex-council home Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders  Buying agent Sara Ransom, of Stacks Property Search, advises buyers seeking quality former council houses to head just south of Tooting Common. “Tooting has a plethora of streets a few roads south of the Common that were mainly local authority and…

Daily Telegraph, 11/11/17

Flexible workers are fashioning a new commuter belt further away from London. Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders  These less sought-after parts of the country are full of under-the-radar gems. Towcester and Brackley in Northamptonshire and Olney and Buckingham in Buckinghamshire are picture-perfect market towns, but have no railway line. Consequently they are ‘often…

Evening Standard, 15/11/17

Strike a deal and move in by Christmas By  Sara Ransom, of Stacks Property Finders  GET YOUR HAGGLING HEAD ON, THEY’RE TAKING OFFERS Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search says developers are happy to negotiate. She has seen 30 per cent discounts, and says that where prices have seemed inflated, such as at Nine Elms,…

Sunday Times, 12/11/17

The autumn housing market: key analysis Quoting James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Finders  It’s all change in the housing market, whether you’re a first timer, a renter, a downsizer, or tempted to stay put. “Look for properties that are easy to maintain, with uncomplicated gardens — so you can lock up and leave — single-floor…

Moneywise, 10/11/17

How to buy a new build property Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders  It’s hard enough buying a ‘pre-loved’ home, but if you buy a brand-new property from a developer, there are even more hoops to jump through. Here’s our guide to getting it right. Sara Ransom, managing director of Stacks London Property Search,…

Daily Mail, 27/10/17

Positive moves Quoting James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Finders  How to reduce the pain of buying and selling a home Create a log book: ‘Put together a log book containing running costs, certifications and planning permission for work carried out, and surveys and guarantees,’ says James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search. ‘Some of this will be…

Country Life, 18/10/17

Strange Magic Quoting Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders  From priest holes to gargoyles, how unusual period features can be the making of a property. “Of course, not everything can be adapted successfully. A sweeping staircase that once had airy stairwells on the first or second floors, allowing light into a hallway, is likely to…

Daily Mail, 06/10/17

Swept away by chimneys. Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  In what enthusiasts call their golden period — the Victorian era — chimneys had different heights and variously shaped stacks to personalise homes within terraces of otherwise identical houses. These days homes have more individual designs, but an affinity to chimneys hasn’t waned.  …

Sunday Times, 17/09/17

The battle of the three-beds Quoting Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Finders  For many buyers, three is the magic number – which means trading up can be costly. “Three bedroom homes in Cotswold villages such as Sherston and Chedworth are also enticingly priced,” says Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Search.   Read full story here

Country & Townhouse 05/09/17

  One in a Million We don’t all want to live in identikit properties, London has some truly quirky ones on offer. Quoting Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Finders  Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search says, “London’s a black and white market with clear parameters of pounds per square foot for certain areas. Problems arise if…

House Beautiful 05/09/17

Five ways to lose a house sale Here’s our expert guide to the things that put buyers off your property – and how to fix them. Quoting James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  Stone cladding, outmoded pebble dash and shabby render all deter would-be buyers. But it may not take much to turn an ugly…

The Times, 25/08/17

How to create the right public image, What can you do to ensure your photos show off your property’s best assets. Quoting Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks Property Finders  Mow the lawn, declutter surfaces and put out fresh flowers. Put away towels and washing up liquid. Make sure that everything looks perfect externally on the day of…

The Times, 21/07/17

Plot details: the gardens that buyers want Outdoor space is moving to the top of wish lists — so will your backyard meet the exacting requirements of house-hunters? Quoting Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders  A breathtaking view helps Rachel Johnston of the property search agency Stacks explains that the view of the garden from…

Property Reporter, 20/07/17

How can you buy for less without settling for less space? Quoting Nick Wooldridge of Stacks Property Finders  According to Stacks Property Search, an era of austerity has led to many homeowners looking to their property to provide finance for school fees, setting their children up with a deposit for a home, retiring, divorcing, or…

This is Money, 10/06/17

What next for the property market? With house prices already slowing political instability could deliver a fall By James Greenwood  of Stacks Property Finders  The key question for those hoping to move home is will they be able to sell and find a home to buy. That requires a decent level of activity in the…

Prime Resi, 09/07/16

Hung Parliament: The prime resi industry reacts By James Greenwood  of Stacks Property Finders  The great thing about property is that it transcends political cycles “If we were hoping to wake up to ‘strong and stable’, and some political and European certainty to get a sluggish property market onto its feet, it seems we have…

Life After London, 10/06/17

Post-election property news By James Greenwood  of Stacks Property Finders  Comment from James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search  “If we were hoping to wake up to ‘strong and stable’, and some political and European certainty to get a sluggish property market onto its feet, it seems we have to wait a little longer. So where…

Property Reporter, 13/06/17

Top tips for tackling sealed bids By George Barkes of Stacks Property Finders    The current system is virtually impossible for a buyer. Submitting the highest bid won’t necessarily secure the property According to a new report from Stacks Property Search & Acquisition, despite low property transaction levels, there is still a significant number of…

Estate Agent Today, 13/05/17

Sealed bids: buying agent says process should be more transparent By George Barkes of Stacks Property Finders  The sealed bids process – where purchasers submit their final offer by a specific time and date – should be more transparent, according to a buying agent. George Barkes, who represents Stacks Property Search & Acquisition’s Cotswolds office, describes…

Property Reporter, 31/05/17

Perhaps we should stop blaming Brexit for current market restrictions? By James Greenwood  of Stacks Property Finders  Brexit is dominating the media, property transactions are low, ergo, Brexit is to blame. But this is a simplified version of reality. James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search explains the factors that are at play   Read full…

House Beautiful, 10/05/17

How long does it really take to buy a house By Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks Property Finders  An average of 84 hours, apparently, but ‘some buyers will spend a great deal longer,’ says Linda Jeffcoat from Stacks Property Search & Acquisition. Here she discusses the full picture.   Read full story here

The Telegraph, 21/04/17

Do student properties make a good investment? By Sally Fraser of Stacks Property Finders  Sally Fraser, of Stacks Property Search, says: “With students, landlords have a guaranteed market that is predictable whatever is happening in the economy.” Students want well-modernised, clean, low-maintenance properties that are close to their university and social life. Sally Fraser, of…

Daily Mail, 19/05/17

How does your garden grow? By Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Finders  Neat lawns and outdoor dining areas command a premium when it comes to selling your home ‘Many of today’s buyers are looking for an outside room rather than a garden, but buyers with young families will sacrifice this kind of space for an outside…

The Times, 12/05/17

Blooming lovely: Hot looks for the garden By Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Finders  Is there an ideal size for a garden? According to Rachel Johnston, a buying agent for Stacks Property Search, a six-bedroom rural house should have an acre of garden, a five-bedroom house should have three quarters of an acre, and a four-bedroom…

Property Reporter, 10/50/17

How long does it really take to buy a house? By Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks Property Finders  Recent research has revealed that property viewers take, on average, 27 minutes to decide whether to buy a property. However, Linda Jeffcoat, from property search and acquisition experts,Stacks, had this to say: “While it may be accurate, this is…

The Times, 28/04/17

How to sell your home in an election. By Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders  Buyers are back. Sellers must be ready to drop prices, upgrade décor and spend on the garden. Urban buyers looking for a rural property are often horrified to discover that services they thought universal are unavailable at their new dream home,…

Telegraph, 15/40/17

The new trend in retirement living – a lock up and leave apartment. By James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  Retirees thinking about downsizing to enjoy the freedom to travel should look at the location, security, parking and maintenance of their new home, says James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search. “Several have bought near Birmingham…

Property Reporter, 18/04/17

Top tips for stress-free house moving By James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  As if there isn’t enough stress involved in buying and selling a property, once the purchase is agreed it’s far from over. Stacks Property Search, has some top tips to ensure your move goes as stress-free as possible:   Read full story here

The Times, 07/04/17

How not to add value to your home. By George Barkes of Stacks Property Finders  Many house-hunters are looking for more space, but there are limits. Overextend and you could lose money if the garden ends up too small. George Barkes, of Stacks Property Search, says: “I saw a farmhouse that had been overextended. The accommodation…

Sunday Times, 02/04/17

Spring Watch By Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Finders  Even for seasoned observers, the housing market is baffling. Graham Norwood shows how buyers, sellers and renters can navigate the twists and turns. First time buyers: If you can’t move to a cheaper region, some advisers suggest tapping up the family. “As first-timers are now in their…

i(The Independent) Saturday edition 01/04/17

Builders sink teeth into dog owners By Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders  Developers employ a raft of restrictive covenants – and they can last forever. Homeowners who find a restrictive covenant irksome can challenge it. Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Search says, “If the covenant no longer serves a useful purpose, namely that it is…

Gloucestershire Echo, 27/03/17

Could Brexit change the face of farming across county? By Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Finders  Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Search discusses the likely effect of Brexit on the countryside, and the implications for rural homeowners.  

Sunday Times, 26/03/17

Chain reactions By James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  what is new, according to James Greenwood, managing director of Stacks Property Search, is that people are househunting without putting their own property on the market. “This is a symptom of a severe lack of homes on the market in most areas, particularly above £1.5m,” he…

Property Industry Eye, 27/03/17

Agents question if it’s right to celebrate how much property wealth over-65s hold By James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  But James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says the crisis is more about housing stock and less about price and wealth. He said: “The main problem with housing in the UK is that people are…

Property Reporter, 08/03/17

Prospective buyers saddle up in the capital By Emma Hanks of Stacks London Property Finders  London is becoming increasingly cycle friendly. TfL estimate a 5% year on year increase in cycling journeys within central London’s congestion charge zone. Emma Hanks discusses how this is affecting buyer behaviour in the capital. Read full story here 

NappyValleynet, 30/01/17

White Paper – downsizing By James Greenwood of Stacks  Property Search James Greenwood discusses the issues surrounding downsizing – in light of the anticipated Government White Paper offering financial incentives to encourage people to downsize in retirement. Read full story here  (Website)

Evening Standard, 29/02/17

Commuting from Oxfordshire By Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks  Property Search The best villages in Northern Cotswolds with less than 60 minutes commute to London. The Moretons: Linda Jeffcoat, of Stacks Property Search, rates these pretty villages for good commuter links, proximity to Oxford, and for their homes. “They have cob-walled thatch, brick and flint and large…

The Telegraph, 26/02/17

Live in a castle, without paying a king’s ransom By Christopher Bartlett of Stacks  Property Search Fortified mansions and stately homes are no longer the preserve of the aristocracy – find out how to play lord of the manor from £300,000 “Moving from a large country house to part of one, with all the associated proportions,…

The Times, 24/02/17

Spring is almost here, time for a makeover By Rachel Johnston of Stacks  Property Search Size matters – The size, shape, positioning and gradient of a garden can be crucial to the appeal of a home. Some househunters reject any plot if it is not south-facing, or private — but this is not the end of…

Property Reporter, 27/02/17

How can you find a carbon-free eco home? By y Louise Ridings of Stacks  Property Search Many people would like to buy an eco home, but with such a small supply it’s practically impossible to insist on it being a must-have. Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Search discusses the issues. Read full story here   (Website)

Property Reporter, 07/02/17

Too big? Too small? How does your garden grow? By Rachel Johnston of Stacks  Property Search We often hear that ‘a garden should be the right size for the house, so Stacks Property Search decided to establish exactly what that means. Read full story here   (Website)

The Times, 10/02/17

What the Victorians did for us By Clare Coode of Stacks Property Finders  Victorian houses were built to impress. Clare Coode, of Stacks Property Search, says: “With their imposing front doors, elaborate brickwork, intricate cornicing, high ceilings, fireplaces in every room, stained glass and slate roofs, they feel as though they were built to last, and…

Mail on Sunday, 29/01/17

Garden villages in bloom – Will the new garden villages take root and blossom? By Rachel Johnston of Stacks  Property Search The most common complaint Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search hears is that people didn’t understand how close other houses would be to their home. “Make sure you understand exactly what development will be…

The Independent, 31/01/17

Commuting from Oxfordshire: four of the best villages in the northern Cotswolds with less than sixty minute train journeys to London By Linda Jeffcoat,of Stacks  Property Search THE MORETONS (North and South) and the Astons (Upthorpe and Tirrold) Where are they? These four lovely villages are all on the north-east fringes of the North Wessex Downs,…

Property Industry Eye, 31/01/17

Agent warns against ‘politically toxic’ incentives for downsizers By James Greenwood of Stacks Property Finders  James Greenwood comments on speculation of what could be included in the forthcoming Housing White Paper.   Read full story here

What House, 30/12/16

Property Predictions 2017 By James Greenwood of Stacks  Property Search James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search: “The market for large country houses with 6+ bedrooms and 10-40 acres will stagnate. Nobody wants the responsibility or the cost. The holy grail of country property will be edge-of village, with ancillary accommodation, up to three acres of land,…

The Daily Telegraph, 31/12/16

Ahead of the curve By James Greenwood of Stacks  Property Search Apartments and homes are turning full circle as buyers and builders think outside the box. “Round houses are rare but are very appealing to buyers,” says James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search. “Curves are easy on the eye in most walks of life and property…

Glos Echo, 02/01/17

County could become one of top wine producing areas for investors By James Greenwood of Stacks  Property Search County could become one of top wine producing areas for investors James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search, which is based in the Forest of Dean and tracks down ideal properties for well to do clients, says most people…

Western Daily Press, 30/12/16

Raise a glass to Chateau Cotswolds By Christopher Bartlett of Stacks Property Finders  Christopher Bartlett of Stacks Property Search says hobby vineyards are a growing trend as young retirees look for something that will challenge them and provide an interest. He offers advice to buyers….  

Daily Mail, 30/12/16

Your guide to the market in 2017 By James Greenwood of Stacks  Property Search Those whose new year’s resolution is to move home should start to plan their strategy. Home Counties will boom further: Search agency Stacks says more Londoners are cashing in properties before prices in the capital slump further. ‘They have a once-in-a-generation opportunity…

London Property Magazine, 16/12/16

Going once, going twice By James Greenwood of Stacks  Property Search For a fee, professional buying agents can help: firms like Stacks Property Search have experts who have frequently prepared for, and attended, auctions.

Sunday Times, 04/12/16

A chilly outlook? What does 2017 have in store for the housing market? We asked the experts for their forecasts. By James Greenwood of Stacks  Property Search When should I buy? “Trying to catch the bottom of the market is a fool’s errand,” warns James Greenwood, managing director of the buying agency Stacks Property Search. Even…

Property Reporter, 29/11/16

Moving from old house to new house By Sara Ransom  of Stacks  London Property Search Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search believes that the process of moving from old house to new house should be exciting, but for many it turns out to be one big headache. Stacks Property Search offer their top tips for…

Evening Standard, 18/2/16

Where to buy By Sally Fraser of Stacks Property Search £150,000 budget: Brighton and Hove Buying in this perennially booming London commuter location is a lot cheaper than investing in the capital itself, with one-bedroom flats in the centre starting at £150,000 and likely to earn a monthly rent of £650. “This bottom end of…

Daily Mail, 17/02/16

Three-bed homes barely bigger than a squash court…. By James Greenwood of Stacks  Property Search James Greenwood, managing director of buying agent Stacks Property Search, says: ‘Show homes are so beautifully dressed and the developers are so clever at putting in furniture to make it look bigger than it is — but they just don’t have…

Estate Agent Today, 09/02/16

Buying agent tells would-be purchasers: “Don’t go portal-perving” By Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search The major property portals are “way behind the market”, don’t carry all homes that are for sale, and have such varied inventories that buyer have to sign up to all of them to be confident they have a shout at…

Country & Townhouse, 01/02/16

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: THE TOP CELEBRITY POSTCODES By Nicola Oddy of Stacks Property Search IT’S A GIVEN THAT HOUSE PRICES AND PROPERTY HOT SPOTS ARE DETERMINED BY LOCATION, VIEWS, TRANSPORT LINKS AND EVEN HIGH-ACHIEVING SCHOOLS – BUT HOW ABOUT A DOLLOP OF HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR?. The process of helping a celebrity buy can be complicated. ‘Some will send a PA…

Cotswold Life, 01/02/16

House-buying for dogs By Jo Aldridge of Stacks Property Search Moving to the country and getting a dog often go hand-in-hand says Jo Aldridge of Stacks Property Search. Here she explains how the ergonomic and practical needs of a canine member of the family are more extensive than you might think.

Daily Mail, 22/01/16

Rental Rewards The seven golden rules of buy-to-let: How rental property can still be a good investment if you do it properly Given the new regulations, first-time investors must plan scrupulously. We’ve drawn up seven golden rules to make sure you get the best from buy-to-let. 5 Don’t Make A Hasty Decision If you complete…

Evening Standard, 20/01/16

Stamp Duty changes By Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search Buy-to-let investors competing with first-time buyers creates a ‘mini-bubble’ in the London property market Sealed bids are back and cash is king as buyers attempt to close deals before the April 1 deadline when stamp duty for buy-to-let homes is scheduled to increase. London’s beleaguered…

Daily Mail, 11/12/15

Thinking about selling your property in the New Year? Six ways to make sure it stands out to buyers and gets sold Add a room ‘Lack of a downstairs loo can be a deal-breaker, but it’s astonishing how few square feet are required to install such a huge selling point,’ says Jo Aldridge, of Stacks…

Daily Telegraph, 26/09/15

Spending a pretty penny on the loo Jo Aldridge of Stacks Property Search has a simple answer. “The best downstairs loos have a view. Add a shelf for binoculars for a little birdwatching and you have the perfect showstopper.” Not to mention a queue outside. If you would like the Stacks Team to help you…

Daily Express, 18/09/15

Taking the plunge on a holiday hideaway “The end of the season is a good time to buy; prices are often lower than in spring,” says Nicola Oddy of Stacks Property Search, www.stacks.co.uk. She suggests revisiting now if you are keen to buy – and finding out about life in the off-season. “The most useful…

Daily Telegraph, 12/09/15

Live in a castle – without paying a king’s ransom “Moving from a large country house to part of one, with all the associated proportions, window sizes and high ceilings, great views and general grandeur, is much more satisfactory than relocation to a small cottage, even though the square footage may be similar,” says Christopher…

Daily Express, 07/08/15

Bath time Stacks Property Search & Acquisition (01594 842880; stacks.co.uk) puts Bath at the top of the 10 UK towns and small cities that meet these criteria. “Urban property is becoming more and more sought after,” says the company’s James Greenwood, “and towns and cities that can offer sophistication, culture, great shopping, schooling and facilities,…

Daily Mail, 14/08/15

Get set to sell! There’s no time to lose if you want to move house this autumn – so follow these golden rules “Contact your solicitor before he or she disappears on an extended holiday and put the wheels in motion so that all paperwork is ready for September,” advises Jo Aldridge of Stacks Property…

Cotswold Life, 10/07/15

What’s hot for summer purchasers Jo Aldridge of Stacks Property Search investigates the psychology of buying property when the sun’s shining and the birds are singing. The time of year at which we buy a property shouldn’t affect our choice. But decades of witnessing what elements of a property appeal to buyers, depending on the…

Budget response – July ’15

James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says, “We welcome the restriction of mortgage interest relief for buy to let investors to basic rate income tax. There has been a threat of a bubble being created sub-£500k which is primarily investor-driven and is squeezing ever more first-time buyers out of the market forever.  We have to…

Daily Telegraph 20/06/15

At home in the way-out west Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, says, “Prices (in Glastonbury) are a fraction of Bristol and Bath. There are relatively few very large houses but even these, on the rare occasions they come to the market, are keenly priced.” Read full story here ( Daily Telegraph website)…

Estate Agent Today 09/06/15

Buying agency announces major recruitment drive Pansion in Estate Agent Today: One of the UK’s best-known buying agencies has launched a recruitment drive to boost its London operation. Stacks Property Search, the UK’s oldest property search agency, says client demand in the capital has increased and it is now planning to open a network of…

Daily Mail, 15.5.15

The homely holiday Fit the right equipment. “Pay attention to accommodation ratios. For example, if you’re expecting groups to rent, make sure you have enough bathrooms. Downstairs facilities are useful too, such as shower, drying room and utility space,” says James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search & Acquisition. “Outside areas do not have to be…

Daily Telegraph, 10.4.15

Is this Britain’s perfect home? All we want is a “dolls’ house” period property with an Aga, a kitchen island and a walled garden. Is that too much to ask? Location Many of us may not be able to change our lives but there is nothing to stop us longing, and it seems that the…

Daily Mail, 6.2.15

The Tudors reign Captivated by Wolf Hall? Then consider living in a genuine Tudor home. “Consider some of the disadvantages,” says George Barkes of Stacks Property Search. “Tudor homes are usually listed, which makes altering them difficult. Typically they have limited ceiling heights, their internal and external walls are thin, and noise travels.” Read full…

Daily Mail, 5.12.14

Market Forces , Tavistock, Devon “Not being on the coast is a huge advantage when it comes to price – good homes here really are affordable and there aren’t many second homes”, says Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency. Read full story here  ( Site Link)   If you would like the Stacks…

Daily Mail, 16.1.15

Get sale savvy Sellers are keen to get rid of houses that have been languishing on the market, so grab a bargain now. Quiz the seller It is important to find out if the seller has to move at short notie, perhaps because of a divorce, or to move into a school catchment area before…

Daily Express, 26.12.1

Box Clever Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Search (01594 842880 /www stacks.co.uk) maintains that the winter property slowdown can be a boon for buyers. “January will be a wonderful window of opportunity for serious buyers who prefer to act in an atmosphere of tranquillity rather than volatility,” she says referring to the busy spring period.…

A big welcome for SDLT reforms

Gideon Sumption of Stacks Property Search says, “We welcome the new SDLT reforms. An antiquated system has been reorganised in a much fairer way. It’s good news for the majority of property buyers, but the best news for the market as a whole is that, without the threat of the proposed Mansion Tax, the upper…

Financial Times, 8.11.14

High ground, flat prices The Brecon Beacons in South Wales offers low-cost living within a national park. On average it rains on 21 days each January, and even in May, the driest month, it rains on about 11 days. Despite this, it is a property market with considerable potential. “No is a good time to…

Financial Times, 11.10.14

A match made in Devon – Dartmouth attracts sailors and land lovers Although Dartmouth is a rare mix of good sailing and well-preserved architecture, it’s the nautical element that is most important in terms of property prices. “Demand for trophy waterfront houses, at prices up to around £2m, is high. But cross the street and…

Consumer Affairs 14.10.14

Ten tips for selling your home fast Make your home available to see at all times Other than a dishevelled lawn, there is nothing that buyers loathe more than not being able to view a home when their schedule dictates. According to Nicola Oddy, an agent at Stacks Property Search, you should be flexible with…

Cotswold Life, 01/10/14

Trot on!  The Cotswolds’ equestrian market is buoyant says George Barkes of Stacks Property Search. Cots Life Oct 14 – Property News ( PDF Download) If you would like  George Barkes  or anybody else from Stacks Team to help you with your property search, please call on 01594 842880 or email at enquiries@stacks.co.uk 

Financial Times, 13.9.14

Right side of the tracks “Within Leamington Spa, top-end buyers head north of the River Leam for pretty, stucco-fronted period terraces. Substantial four-bedroom houses arranged over several floors with a decent garden range from £750,000 to £1.5m,” says George Barkes of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency. “The good news is that compared with the…

Compass South, 20.07.14

Beside the Seaside A good place to dock is the Jurassic Coast, reckons David Brookes-Smith of Stacks Property Search. Beyond traditional commuting distance, a two-bedroom flat 300 metres from Lyme Regis seafront can still be found for £110,000, while a similar property in the smartest part of Poole has a price tag of £350,000. Choose…

Financial Times 11.7.14

South Cornwall’s real estate market enjoys sea change in fortunes “There are more permanent residents in south Cornwall and fewer holiday homes. Those choosing to buy on the southerly coastline close to Truro are very conveniently placed for good-quality private schools,” says Nicola Oddy, Cornish representative of Stacks Property Search & Acquisition, a buying agency. …

Estate Agent Today 2.4.14

Stacks launches GABAs As part of its 30th Anniversary celebrations, property search agent Stacks is launching the Good Agent to Buy from Awards (GABAs). The GABAs were launched at an event on the 27 March 2014 and will be rolled out over Stacks Property Search’s 30th anniversary year. Stacks says the awards are not a competition…

Financial Times, 30.5.14

UK’s Jurassic Coast attracts modern buyers Yet even with these impressive increases, property values along much of the rest of this coast are not yet back to the pre-downturn levels of seven years ago. “Supply is slow. Owners who tried and failed to sell a couple of years ago are nervous about re-entering the market,”…

Daily Telegraph, 4.5.14

Let your agent find the perfect home FAMILY HOME IN CORNWALL? “The thing about Cornwall is that it carries a big emotional charge and is much more varied than people realise,” says Nicola Oddy, of buying agents Stacks in Cornwall. Windblown clifftops, white sandy beaches, estuaries bobbing with sailing boats, craggy cove – they all…

Cotswold Life May 2014

The first of May, property searching starts today The first of May, property searching starts today Finding your perfect property in the spring sunshine is just the start of the process. Linda Jeffcoat of Stacks Property Search provides insight into the crucial negotiating stage of the purchase. Read full story here (PDF) If you would like…

Financial Times, 5.4.14

Milton Keynes attracts buyers ready to look beyond the uniform. The growing town has good schools nearby and great connectivity, with trains into London taking from 35 minutes “The closest and most highly priced are to the south, such as Woburn Sands and Aspley Guise. For a less commuter-belt feel, head west for 20 minutes…

Compass South, 04.04.14

Think outside the box – farmhouses Farmhouses are a ‘bulletproof’ investment, according to Stacks Property Search. Christopher Bartlett, Stacks’ man in the South West, says farmhouses suit a wide range of people and uses. “Various clients have converted attics to create office space or accommodation for bed-and-breakfast businesses. Some have yet to be converted, and…

Cotswold Life 14/03/14

Ugly is only brick deep! Looks can be deceptive, says George Barkes of Stacks Property Search. For anyone struggling to find the right house, there is one invaluable piece of advice. Stop looking at the pictures! There is plenty of  justification. Cotswold Life – Property news ( PDF) If you would like George Barkes  or anybody else from Stacks…

Daily Mail, 21.2.14

Spring has arrived in the property market: Six tips for home buyers as house prices heat up, Don’t offer the full asking price immediately. Many London homes and some high-end country houses attract competitive bidders, but most properties around the UK do not. Good agents and sensible vendors aren’t increasing their prices. ‘There will be some…

Financial Times, 30.11.13

St Mawes the merrier. Buyers are returning to the idyllic Cornish village. There are returning British expats, “who start looking five years before they move back, giving time to have work carried out and to visit on holidays,” says Nicola Oddy of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency. “Even the mobile telephone signal can be…

Daily Mail, 8.11.13

Christmas Sale There’s still time to buy and move in before December 25 – and you could bag a bargain. Before you sell ‘have a dry run on getting a mortgage on another property so you know how quickly your lender works and can see your credit-worthiness’, advises Gideon Sumption, of Stacks Property Search. Read…

Financial Times, 26.10.13

Why the tiny English city of Wells has growing overseas appeal. Amanda Ake of Stacks Property Search, a buying agency, agrees about the schools. “The Blue School is in the centre of the city and has attracted many families to the area,” she says. “The Cathedral school is an integral part of the city; every…

Asia Tatler, 13.10.13

Homes with the ‘wow’ factor. “People will pay a premium for something that is new and bespoke. Properties that are in absolutely niche locations, that have the very best in interior and exterior design and services that enhance the lifestyle of the individual, attract enormous premiums, as much as 50 per cent at the very top end of the market.”…

Cotswold Life, October 24.09.13

Downsizing dilemmas de-bunked. George Barkes of Stacks Property Search advises on how to make downsizing a successful and stress-free move. Read full story here (PDF) If you would like George Barkes to help you with your property search Please call on 01608 661427 or email at george@stacks.co.uk

Daily Mail, 6.9.13

When the in-laws move in. ‘The number of our buyers considering the granny-flat option is increasing by 50 per cent a year, and it is a great way for families to pool their financial resources,’ says James Greenwood, of Stacks Property Search.  But he counsels caution in entering into living arrangements that may not be…

A new kind of retirement living

“Retirement homes of the 21st century are an attractive proposition,” says Bill Spreckley of Stacks Property Search. “Retirement homes used to offer a safe place for the elderly to live out their latter years. But you rarely heard ‘seductive’ and ‘retirement’ in the same sentence. Much has changed. The new breed of retirement homes offer…

Financial Times, 26.8.13

How Salcombe became one of the UK’s most expensive real estate areas. Affluent second-home buyers from London help to push up prices in the Devon harbour town “Someone who wants Salcombe generally has only that location on their list,” says Christy Bartlett of Stacks Property Search. He says this year has seen more £1m-plus local homes…

Financial Times, 8.6.13

Bournemouth attracts younger house buyers. High-end properties now attract three key types of buyer. The first is the 60-plus permanent retiree, perhaps still with business connections in London but requiring infrequent visits to the capital. As a result they are happy to live in a sought-after location outside the daily commuter belt. “We’re finding more…

Daily Telegraph, 11.5.13

Generation game: the return of the extended family home. How do you buy a spacious family home when money is tight? Join forces with the grandparents and double your budget. Max Davidson reports on the growing trend of multi-generational living. The number of our buyers considering this as an option is increasing by about 50…

City AM, 17.4.13

Government schemes hoping to unlock the property market. James Greenwood of Stacks Property Research warns of the pitfalls associated with purchasing a new build. “Like a new car, a new build looks shiny. But like a new car, its value can depreciate considerably when you come to sell. They are often cleverly designed but with…