Feature: Could Stamp Duty Changes Make Relocation Dreams a Reality?

For anyone with a desire to wake up to the sound of waves, who hankers for a small holding, or wants to try life in the big smoke, How to Relocate by Natalie Trice, is a perfect read, and making the move could be within the grasp of first times buyers since the Government’s stamp duty freeze in the mini-budget.

With Kwasi Kwarteng announcing no stamp duty on the first £425,000 for first-time buyers, and nothing up to £250,000 for others, the market is now open to those who may want to move further afield but have been unable to raise the money to do so. With this boost to their budget, How to Relocate will empower readers to finally take a leap of faith and live their life somewhere they truly want to be. 

From navigating school systems and forging new friendships, to sorting out finances and checking out the weather, this book covers the practical elements of starting over, while offering emotional support using a cheerleading approach. The author, an accredited life coach, shares the stories of those who have successfully relocated, added hints and tips from experts and talks of her relocation adventures around the world since she left home at 18. 

Natalie says, “I know that we are living in tricky times and not everyone is happy with the changes being made, but for some, it could make their dream home seem more possible and my book could give them the added boost they need. Being able to walk on the beach and swim in the sea are both nods to the move we made six years ago to Devon. We’d been living in the rat race, growing our businesses, and navigating our younger son’s chronic medical condition and had reached breaking point. Something needed to give, so we packed up our lives, followed our hearts to the coast and we’ve never been happier or stronger. Was it hard? Yes. Was everyone else as excited about it as us? No. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Given the monumental shifts since Covid and the rafts of people swapping soulless commutes and water cooler gossip cliques for home office working and online networking, living somewhere you love, rather than a place you feel you have to be, can happen.”

She adds, “Far from being a list of checklists, this is a self-development adventure that deep dives into the emotions behind packing up and starting over. It’s about silencing the doubts, and the doubters, so you can walk the path to happiness and find a sense of belonging in a place you’ve always wanted to be. While moving somewhere new doesn’t change the core of who you are and it’s a magic wand for a happy ever after, living where you love, in a community you feel a part of, can be the key to happiness and contentment, something many of us have reflected on during the pandemic. I hope my words, the advice of experts, and the stories from others will give readers the confidence and inspiration to relocate and empower them to make their dreams come true, just like we did.”