Following the governments update yesterday evening regarding the housing market the management team at Debbie Fortune Estate Agents have been working hard to ensure we are able to recommence trading as soon as possible.




However, the safety of our valued staff, clients and customers has been and always will be our main priority. Therefore we have taken the decisions to re-open our three country offices on Monday, the 18th of May. In the meantime we will be working hard as a management team to ensure that our offices and our procedures are all COVID compliant.




In the meantime, our staff continue to work remotely and can be reached throughout the working day.



‘The countryside is likely to become more sought after, after the pandemic’ 


Debbie Fortune estate agents is still fully functioning with staff working remotely, why not call us today to see how we can assist with any of your property related requirements! 




Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, with three offices in the country area south of Bristol are fully prepared and ahead of the game once restrictions are relaxed and the property market gets back to normal.


Managing Director, Lisa Chaplin comments...



‘We are unique in our local patch because we have many knowledgeable property professionals with years of experience who have witnessed and worked through many upturns and downturns in the housing market over the years .Whilst this pandemic is unique, we are not deterred. In fact, we are more determined than ever to help our clients find their next home.’ 




She adds, ’ During our daily conference calls, the consensus from our clients is that something is shifting in the way people are seeing the future and we believe this will continue well after the lockdown is lifted, and in a surprisingly good way.




For instance, many people are working effectively from home. Parents are spending time with their children, they are cooking from scratch and teaching new skills that cannot be taught in school.  



 There is much more connectivity in our community, and we are making new friends in our neighbourhood.



We are all looking out for our neighbours more and thanking the NHS with loud claps on the street. Whilst social distancing is taking place, social interaction by other means is on the rise and village communities, properties with gardens and roomy town houses are looking an increasingly attractive opportunity to buyers.



 Debbie adds, ‘This is the third property recession I have had to work through, the first in the late 1980’s, the second in 2008 and now this.


The one thing I know is that we will return to normal and my experience tells me that bricks and mortar are still the best investment we can make. An interesting feature now though is that we have a huge number of new potential buyers looking to move out of congested cities to the country and that is where we come in.


We live and work in a fabulously beautiful part of the country.


Whichever part of the Chew Valley, the Yeo Valley, Somerset, the Mendips or North Somerset we live in, we can walk only a mile and find ourselves in a bluebell filled woodland, a beach, or looking out on a beautiful lake.


We also know these areas like the back of our hand.   Whether it is the local schools and local shopping, social and recreational amenities, the community events like village fetes, or those superb local businesses, pubs, tradespeople and churches that really make a village a home, we have first-hand knowledge to pass to your buyers and this is the kind of information they need from a traditional, local estate agent.’




Debbie Fortune Estate Agents have built up a superb network of contacts, not only through business but through their charity and community work over the years and there is rarely a house that Debbie has not visited or sold within the past 40, yes, 40 years. That level of experience is unrivalled and cannot be challenged by any other local Agents.


 Debbie adds...


‘During these unprecedented times your house move plans may be on temporary hold, but we are not, and we are ready to help you any way we can! One way we can help get you started is to visit your home in a virtual valuation. Here, with your smart phone, you can walk us round your home , and we can tell you about our services , discuss your needs and onward move and arrive at a provisional figure to give you an idea, which we can then firm up on once we can visit you in person. This is a really practical way we can help you and get you on the road to your new home.’ 




‘So, enjoy your gardens, touch up any of those little D.I.Y jobs you have been meaning to do, clear out the cupboards, and get ready for your next move. 


We assure you, your new buyer will appreciate the time you spent in lockdown and the efforts you make now and it may not seem like it but  manicuring that garden will make a difference and hopefully a buyer will show it by putting in an offer!!

Debbie Fortune Estate Agents has three offices in Chew Magna, Congresbury, and Backwell, covering the sale and rental of all sorts of town and country property in North Somerset, the Chew Valley, Somerset and The Mendips. For more information visit


Are you worried that you have missed your opportunity to arrange a valuation now we are in lockdown?




Worry no more!




Debbie Fortune Estate Agents are now offering virtual valuations.




We’ll value your home, using technology to help us, rather than doing it in person.




If this sounds like something that could help you then please contact any of our teams today & we will be glad to help you.




Backwell - 01275 406880


Chew Magna - 01275 333888


Congresbury - 01934 862370


Lettings - 01275 406870



To say that we are incredibly proud of our brilliant sales negotiator Julie Green is an understatement. Whilst on lockdown at home she has picked up her needle and thread to make scrub hats for staff at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Julie we think you are amazing and a fantastic role model to us all. #NHSheroes #StayHomeSaveLives


Still looking after your home, just from our home!


Coming soon to Wrington, an exciting new development by Redcliffe Homes, offering a selection of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes. Register your interest today.


Director’s Lisa Chaplin and Neil Drejer spent a wonderful evening last night representing Debbie Fortune Estate Agents at the Churchill Academy careers convention. Neil commented ‘It was wonderful to see so many local businesses rubbing shoulders with larger multi-national businesses such as Rolls Royce and Virgin Atlantic. It was an engaging evening and great to talk to so many motivated and inspiring children who were taking a real interest in where their futures could take them.’. A special thank-you to Suzie McGonigal for hosting the event.


The new decade marks a new era for local award winning firm with major promotions for senior members of staff.

Debbie takes up the story,

‘I am absolutely delighted to announce this year’s roll of honour in the company...with major promotions at all of our departments.’

‘This follows our strategy of promoting from within and growing our staff in terms of their skill sets and the ethos of our company, and proves that if you work hard and are successful you have a bright future with Debbie Fortune Estate Agents!’

‘ So, from January 1st 2020 Lisa Chaplin , currently a Director of the company and head of our Lettings and Management Department, has been appointed our Managing Director and we wish her every success in her role!’

Lisa said.........

“Since starting my career in estate agency in 1992, Debbie’s name and reputation has always stood head and shoulders above other agents. Those were the early days prior to the internet and one of the local, traditional estate agent. Your agent would help you with all aspects of selling your home. Along with the progression of portals available now, I am happy to say that this tradition still stands today at Debbie Fortune Estate Agents.

Following a sabbatical to raise my children, there really wasn’t another agent I wanted to work for.

I am so very proud to be part of a company with such long standing, highly trained staff and to continue carrying the ethos of great customer service from knowledgeable, enthusiastic and conscientious professionals. 

We are, of course, also striving to raise even more money for charity, support our local communities and continue to be the market leaders in our field”.  I am looking forward to seeing what the market brings us in 2020 and to working alongside my fellow management team and board of directors”.

Assisting Lisa on the Board of Directors is another familiar face, Neil Drejer. Neil joined the company from Savills in Bath in autumn 2016 and currently manages the Congresbury office for the company.

‘Neil is a perfect fit for the company, ‘said Debbie, ‘his professional approach, his attention to detail and his customer service is exceptional. One of his many responsibilities this decade, will be to look after and develop all our fund raising activities, which this year have raised some £13,500 for local worthy causes, bringing our total since we opened to almost £130,000! He aims to beat this in the next decade at the same time as his responsibilities as Branch Manager and Director, and I am sure he will make an excellent job of all three roles!’

Neil said, when joining the company some three years ago Debbie gave me a clear vision of the direction in which she wanted the company to go, and how I could play a part in it. The desires, ethos and aspirations of the company align directly with my own and becoming a Director allows me to ensure that our core values remain as strong as ever. We are blessed to live and work in a wonderful part of the country, Debbie Fortune are the epitome of a traditional local agent who are part of the community and care and invest in it at every opportunity. Debbie has worked tirelessly for the past 10 years building an exceptional brand and business that I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of.

There’s been a familiar face at our Chew Magna Office since he joined the company 6 years ago, he is George Worle and he has been promoted to Branch Manager.

George said ........

“I am delighted to have been promoted to Branch Manager! I love being able to work in the Chew Valley, it’s an area that I know so well having gone to school and grown up here. I am constantly overwhelmed by the support of our community and I am very keen to ensure that we continue to support the local schools, sports clubs, society’s and village community’s as we always have done. I cannot wait to see what the next decade has in store for the property market in the Chew Valley, these are exciting times!”

George has also been invited to be an Associate Director at the company.

Debbie explains, ‘George has had an amazingly successful year as Market Appraisal Negotiator and we are delighted with his attitude and success.

An Associate Directorship will enable George to further understand the running of a large business like ours, and we wish him every success at the start of a new decade.’

‘Lastly but by no means least ‘...says Debbie, ‘David Williams takes up the role of Market Appraisal Manager at Backwell Office.  This prominent and superbly positioned office goes from strength to strength and we see a bright future for David and his team at Backwell, ably supported by our network of offices and our superb senior management team!’

Kathryn Miller has also been promoted to Assistant Manager in Lettings, having joined us straight from school, 6 years ago; I wish Kathryn and David every success in their new roles.’

Debbie Fortune Estate Agents handle the sale and rental of all types of property in the town and country area south of Bristol, covering North Somerset, the Chew Valley, Somerset and the Mendips.


Christmas Jumper Days!

Debbie Fortune Estate Agents have on their Christmas jumpers (or Christmas hats) on to support the Save The Children charity! 

Did you know that as a company we have raised nearly £14,000 so far this year for local and national charities? 

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