29Jan

George Worle is 21 and is a senior negotiator at Debbie Fortune Estate Agents in Chew Magna. George tells his story...

“I was 17, in my first year of A-levels at Chew Valley School. All my friends were applying to university as a logical next step in their further education, but I had no interest in burying my head in a book for three years, getting into debt and still having no guarantee of a job at the end of it all. Like many 17-year-old lads, friends, socialising and sport were my main interests and I was, again like many lads at this age, very strong-willed. So I decided to bite the bullet and tell my parents that I didn’t want to go to Uni, and after they’d got over the shock they gave me an ultimatum... go to university... or go out and get a job! So my mind was made up... and the real world beckoned.”

Debbie Fortune, Managing Director of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, takes up the story: “I knew George’s grandfather well, he was a well-respected architect in the Chew Valley and a valued client over many years.

“He came to see me and told me about his grandson George, who would be looking for a job when he finished his A-levels the following year, and who quite fancied the idea of becoming an estate agent! I was not in a position to offer a trainee position, but as a favour, I agreed to see George.

“I have to admit I didn’t expect to be impressed. The last time I’d met George was when I was selling his parents house some 10 years earlier... he was seven years old at the time and particularly obnoxious!

“So when George came to see me as a smartly presented suited and booted young man, bursting with enthusiasm and with a winning smile, I was pleasantly surprised... but I still couldn’t offer him a job.

“So for the next year, he pestered me and pestered me until I finally cracked under the pressure and relented!

“The deal was this, if he was prepared to work and train as an apprentice under a National Apprenticeship, he might be able to join us at the end of his training. He was delighted and in September 2014, George Worle joined us at the Wrington office.

“George learnt quickly and a few weeks or so later, we allowed him out on his first viewing... on a little house in Yatton, on the market at £135,000.

“Imagine our delight when he came back with an offer of £132,000. His first sale was in the bag and there was no stopping him.

“As George’s career has progressed, his abilities have grown apace, and this week, just four years after he joined us he took an offer on a property at £1.15 million!’ says Debbie, ‘ I could not be more proud of him and wish him every success in his career with us”.

George concludes with these words of wisdom: “I would suggest anyone in my position consider an apprenticeship if they can find an employer like Debbie who is prepared to invest time and resources in their training. I feel I have a bright and secure future with Debbie Fortune Estate Agents and I particularly want to thank Jo Tiley, Director in charge of our Chew Magna office who has been fundamental in my progress to date with the company.”

29Jan

We have once again broken records in our fundraising and community support during 2017, and estimate that our total will be close to, if not over, £20,000 for the year, smashing previous records.

Debbie says: “I could not be happier, our fundraising and community support has grown year on year, from the smallest of beginnings in 2009, where the first worthy cause we supported was the Wrington Dickensian Fayre, raising money for Wrington Minibus, to this year, where we have donated, supported and raised money in over 20 villages, and for over 50 different organisations including schools, sports teams, fund-raising events and village fetes. We’ve also awarded over 20 Amazon Fire Tablets and iPads as prizes during the year! I can’t quite believe it’s grown so much.

“My personal favourites this year”, she added, “have been our Children In Need day where our three offices raised an amazing £1,400, the Chew Valley 10k, the North Somerset Show, the Trendlewood Festival and the Mendip Classic. Each of these events raises money for the local community as well as supporting national charity appeals, including Cancer Support and Research and Neo-Natal Baby Care... so we try to help in as many different ways as we can”

We have now raised a staggering £94,000 since 2009.

24Jan


Another successful buyer with Debbie Fortune Estate Agents is congratulated by the manager of our Backwell office, Joseph Down when he came in to pick up the keys to their new home. Why not contact us to see if we can find YOU a new home, 01275 406880.

24Jan

A long-standing employee of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, negotiator Julie Green, was surprised and elated to receive the honour of Employee of the Year for 2017. She is pictured receiving a glass trophy presented by Debbie, together with other gifts to celebrate the award.

24Jan


A tenant of ours has just sent back a glowing feedback form, notable for the answer to the question: "How can we improve our service?"

The answer given was "Get more Lisa's & Kathryn's!"

If you would like our dynamic duo to give you their opinion on your property give either Lisa or Katherine a call on 01275 406870.

02Jan

  

Debbie Fortune Estate Agents are delighted to announce that through our passionate support of various charities and the local community we have raised and donated close to £20,000 in 2017!

It is also worthy of note that we have now raised staggering £94,000 since 2009.

We are so proud to say that we now support several dozen events across the area throughout each year, which without the continuous support of community-minded people in the area and businesses such as ours that generously give their time, arguably some of these fantastic events may struggle to be able to continue.

So, we just want to say thank you to all those volunteers, organisers, local people, businesses and our own staff in each of our offices across the area, that regularly give up their time to support these worthy causes. You know who you are – THANK YOU!

Here’s hoping 2018 will be even better, as we continue to grow and support so much more in our tenth year of trading!

22Dec


We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
Our opening hours over the festive period are as follows:
Saturday 23 December - closed from 1pm
Sunday 24 December - closed
Monday 25 December - closed...
Tuesday 26 December - closed
Wednesday 27 December - open 9.00 - 5.30
Thursday 28 December - open 9.00 - 5.30
Friday 29 December - open 9.00 - 5.30
Saturday 30 December - closed
Sunday 31 December - closed
Monday 1 January - closed
Tuesday 2 January - open as normal 9.00 - 5.30

Thanks again to Pro Heating who always provide beautiful Christmas cupcakes!

19Dec


Another donation made to a very worthy cause! Joseph Down, Branch Manager of our Backwell office is seen here presenting a cheque relating to the additional money the office raised in our "Guess The Balloons" competition to win an Amazon Fire Tablet at the Backwell School Christmas Fayre! 

Joseph is pictured here with Melanie Nash and Charles Hatcher who are part of the team that worked tirelessly to make the event such a success.


19Dec

Fourteen-year-old Jake Weston of Nailsea was the lucky winner of Reggie’s Christmas hamper and was presented with all the lovely goodies by Mike Coles, marketing executive of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents.

Jake agreed to share some of the goodies with his twin sister, Eva, who had also entered the competition, and Dad would look after the bottles. All are pictured above.

Both children attend Backwell School and have just broken up for the Christmas holidays. Jake was looking forward to getting to grips with the Amazon Fire Tablet included in the hamper, whilst Eva claimed the replica “Reggie”, and he looks like he’s going to a good home.

And because we had so many kind donations for the hamper, we decided to give a second prize as well which was won by Steve Ashley of Wrington.

Well done to all our winners this year, we’ll be letting you know how much we’ve raised during all our 2017 events soon!

19Dec


Neil Drejer, manager of the Wrington Vale office presented a cheque to the chairman of Wrington Minibus Society, Adrian Hopkins, for £100, the result of monies raised by people visiting our office on a very cold evening, complete with snow flurries, at the Wrington Dickensian Fayre, when all our staff dressed up in Victorian garb, to celebrate the lighting of the village's Christmas Tree.

The money was raised through a raffle for Christmas goodies.


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