Meet Paul Fairbairn

Paul Fairbairn founded Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty in the summer of 2008, a time when the real estate market was in upheaval. Having now been licensed in the industry for since 1992, Paul has proven his resilience in hard times.

About Paul

“Whether you are buying or selling real estate, you need to have an agent and company that puts your interests first. My goal is to do exactly that!

As the Owner/Broker of Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty, I specialize in the Inland Waterway (Crooked, Pickerel, Burt, & Mullett Lakes), Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Indian River, and the surrounding communities of Northern Michigan. Second and vacation homes are a large part of my market. I am committed to providing the best possible service to both buyers and sellers that is possible in the real estate industry. As we have all heard for generations, Honesty is the Best Policy. That is my commitment to all of my customers. The Fairbairn family has been in Northern Michigan and in the plumbing, heating, and hardware business for over 118 years. Thus I have my plumbing, building, and engineering licenses, which come in very handy in the real estate business. At Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty we strive to give our buyers and sellers honest, trustworthy, and timely information regarding the local markets.

I worked in the Real Estate department for 11 years at Boyne Highlands Resort selling, designing, and developing new condominium projects along with land development. ( Awarded Number One Sales Associate at Boyne USA. Coldwell Banker Premier Office. Multi-Million dollar producer annually).

I am an Accredited Buyers Representative. I am an ePro Specialist. This means I have an in depth and comprehensive understanding of internet marketing for Real Estate. I am a licensed builder, plumber, and engineer. My background in these fields can come in very helpful to both buyers and sellers.”


  • Graduate of the Dale Carneige School
  • Graduate of Michigan Technological University in Civil Engineering Technology
  • Graduate of Petoskey High School
  • Coldwell Banker Previews Specialist
  • EPro Specialist
  • ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative)
  • Licensed in Real Estate in 1992
  • Licensed as Broker in 2004

Paul was many years the Treasurer for the Top of Michigan Outboard Racing Club – host to the Marathon Nationals through the Inland Waterway Fairbairn Realty is member to both WaterWonderland and Emmet County MLS boards which gives OUR sellers twice as much exposure to buyers. Fairbairn Realty is one of the only companies in Emmet County to belong to both MLS boards. Treasurer of the Inland Water Route Historical Society Dedicated to being an active member in the community Harbor Springs Board of Education member for many years and is currently the Board President.

Since the year 2000, Paul has listed over 400 properties, totaling a value of over $91,400,000 (per the Northern Michigan MLS only, the NMMLS data only goes as far back as 2000).

Paul has sold over $33,700,000 in sales volume in listings from other agents/ brokers (per the Northern Michigan MLS only).

In total, Paul has sold nearly $71,000,000 in sales volume since beginning his tenure with Coldwell Banker (per Coldwell Banker corporate data).

Here are some 5 Star client reviews of Paul:

“Working with Paul and Fairbairn Realty really made the sale of the house much easier. When we had a question, he was always there to answer all the questions with quick response. He is a real gentleman who is there to help with the complete process from listing the property, handling offers and closing the sale. My wife and I highly recommend him.”

“We’ve known and trusted doing business with the Fairbairn family for decades. Selling a house is quite a process, and Paul helped us every step of the way. He and his staff were very responsible and professional, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services to anyone. Thanks, Paul!”

“Very detailed. Open to our opinion. Very professional. Office support is very responsive too. Knows the market and area very well. Great to talk to and get ideas from.” 

“As a professional realtor, Paul came across as someone who is an expert when it comes to Northern Michigan waterfront property transactions and as a human being who has high integrity. Easy to talk to, good at listening to his clients, easily available, and at all times quick at returning our calls or to respond to our Queries. Above all, Paul is one Broker who makes it a goal to help you achieve your dreams rather than just fulfilling his ambitions. We strongly recommend Paul Fairbairn! “

“Paul was very helpful and knowledgeable in the northern Michigan area. He answered all our texts and calls politely and promptly. The pictures and video of the house and property were great. Overall it was a positive experience.” 

“Paul and his team have been wonderful. We have had to adapt to a “COVID-19″ world, which makes selling a home challenging. Together, we came up with ideas to showcase our home resulting in an offer. Now, we are just waiting to close. Thank you to the Fairbairn team!” 

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