What made the whole transaction so rewarding was the fact that we were also able to find our vendors their next onward purchase and thus completing the chain.


Its that time of the month the market usually quietens down, but not this year! Today, the 1st of December, we have agreed 5 sales so far following a busy weekend of viewings. If you are considering selling your home in the new year why wait? Get it on the market now to make the most of the stamp duty holiday! Call any of our three offices to book your free market appraisal.


What an incredible position, definitely one of the most beautiful settings of any home we have sold this year.


When clients take the time out of their busy move ins to send us personal cards and gifts, we can’t express just how much it means to us.

As an independent business, recommendations and customer delight are worth so much more to us!

Our hardworking administrator Kiera was lucky enough to receive this beautiful bunch of flowers from one such client today to thank her for going the extra mile throughout their conveyancing.

We hope you enjoy your new home and your gorgeous new view for many years to come. Thank you!



We are off to a great start this morning at Debbie Fortune Estate Agents after receiving some briliant feedback from one of our clients, who has now completed on thier sale and are settling into thier new home ready for Christmas!


Help to Buy is changing, If you are a second time buyer wanting to use Help to Buy in England, you'll need to reserve your home before 15th December 2020.

The Marketing Suite and Show home remains open and all viewings are by appointment only, to book your appointment please contact us on 01934 862370.


Following our fun but tiring day of peddling our socks off on Friday, we are so pleased to announce that Debbie Fortune Estate Agents have raised an amazing £715.00 for Children in Need!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to each and every person who took the time to donate this year.

If you would still like to make a donation, please do so via our Just Giving Page below.



Please help us raise as much money as possbile via our Just Giving Page, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/debbie-fortune-estate-agents2



In memory of all the brave souls who died in the First World War, and in other conflicts since.

Lest we forget.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them’.


A growing waiting list for local authority official searches and delays of up to two months are expected to result in a problematic end to the stamp duty holiday on March 31st next year.

Residential property expert, Debbie Fortune ,whose three local residential sales offices work closely with property lawyers and conveyancers, suggests that house buyers and sellers should be warned that the delays mean there’s a real chance they will miss the 31 March deadline, so they would miss out on the cash savings of as much as £15,000 for a £500,000 property.

She says: “We are lucky to have the resources to put plans in place now that will ensure our team can do everything possible to support our clients and their property solicitors or conveyancers to get purchases and sales as close to completion as soon as possible - starting now but especially as we get closer to the end of March 2021 deadline."

The volume of houses being listed for sale and the speed at which they are selling has reached record numbers since August.

Debbie adds : “The number of homes selling within a week of coming to market has reached its highest point in 10 years, according to analysis from Rightmove, and new vendor enquiries into estate agents this month (September 2020) are up 64% on the first week of September 2019.

“Whilst this is fantastic news for our clients and the economy in general , the knock-on effect is that the sheer volume of transactions means things will start to back up and if property transactions continue at this rate over the coming six months, the delays will mean some property sales won’t have time to complete in time to qualify for and benefit from the SDLT changes before the scheme comes to an end in March.”

The Chancellor’s stamp duty land tax holiday means all homebuyers in England and Northern Ireland purchasing homes valued at up to £500,000 don't pay any stamp duty on the purchase, so long as it is completed by 31st March next year.

Debbie says that it is really important to choose a good solicitor or conveyancer and then to keep regularly in touch with them and with your estate agents.

“Five months may seem a very long time and Spring next year seems ages away, but with a build up of finance applications and applications for local authority searches we are expecting to hear warnings from solicitors to our clients about the possibility they will miss the 31 March 2021 deadline.

And what happens if they miss it...will they then ask clients for confirmation of extra funding availability should stamp duty need to be paid if the deadline is missed?”

“All in all, this signals the likelihood of a pretty messy and fraught end to the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday and there is a strong movement in the property industry to press for it to be extended “, she says.

Nationally, homes selling within a week is up 125% compared to the same period last year and 28 per cent higher from its previous peak in February 2016, before the Brexit vote. Some 30% of homes sold within two weeks of being listed, up from 21% in 2019.

“ Property prices in the South West rose by 2.5% in the year to the end of August and September saw our busiest month to date this year with a huge increase in potential buyers coming out of cities , like London and Bristol to the country area south of Bristol , and Debbie concludes: “Of course , in the scheme of things and in the grip of this awful pandemic, next March seems like another world, but anyone who seriously wants to make a move before the deadline, and save themselves thousands of pounds in the process has to get their property ready to sell, appoint the right agent, find a buyer, and then go through the conveyancing process . This all takes time, and doesn’t leave much room for any unexpected delays."

For all your property needs, selling, buying, letting or renting, in the country area south of Bristol, call Debbie Fortune Estate Agents at any of their three offices in Congresbury, Backwell and Chew Magna, or visit debbiefortune.co.uk.

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