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Thank you for visiting us, here we will share with you our story. We began sharing our thoughts here with you many years ago, and we will continue sharing our story with you as you return again and again. 

Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty has been here for you since 2008. We’re your neighbors sharing our take on our area neighborhoods, the market, and general insight into the real estate experience. 

Please make yourself at home and take part in the conversation. We welcome your thoughts. 

Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty est. 2008.
Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty est. 2008.

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  • The Current Real Estate Landscape Part II Buying Basics

    What do you need to know before you start the process of buying U.S. property?

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  • The Current Real Estate Landscape

    *In Emmet County, so far this year (11/3/2022) luxury homes have accounted for 20% of the sales. (Luxury sales are classified as sales prices of $750,000 or higher). In 2021, luxury sales made up 16% of all sales. (Data provided by the NMMLS and interpreted by Coldwell Banker Fairbairn Realty). Luxury sales in 2020 only made up roughly 12% of all home sales in Emmet County equating to an approximate 5% growth year-over-year in luxury real estate sales.

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  • Why the Inland Waterway Real Estate Market is So Unique

    Are you seeing a trend? There are pockets of comparable homes around Crooked Lake which are uniquely situated to be too different to present as good comparables for other locations. We looked at Oden, Conway, and Graham Road as comparables to Oden Island. It stands to reason that Ponshewaing, Eagle Beach, and even Channel Road homes are not going to be good fits compared to Oden Island.

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  • A Tour of Pickerel Lake

    Pickerel Lake is the smallest of the Inland Waterway lakes and is part of the Pickerel – Crooked Lakes watershed which covers over 50,000 acres. Together with Crooked Lake, Pickerel is a part of the headwaters of the Inland Waterway. The two lakes are connected through the Pickerel Channel.

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Whether you’re buying or selling, we’re here for your real estate needs.


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Whether you’re buying or selling, we’re here for your real estate needs.

Call or text 231.548.9336.

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  • Fairbairn – A History

    The Fairbairn business remains in Alanson and the focus on service has been handed down throughout the generations of Fairbairns.

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  • Historical Lodging Along the Inland Waterway

    It is said that you can still see the pilings from the dock that once stood waiting for the guests to arrive.

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  • Alanson Swing Bridge

    The world’s shortest swinging bridge is just one of the “feathers” in Alanson’s “cap”! The original swing bridge was built in 1901. A manual key was used to turn the one-lane bridge from 1901 until the mid1960s. The newer version of the bridge now uses a hydraulic motor to turn. The Inland Waterway spans 87 […]

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  • Oden – State Fish Hatchery

    “Many men go fishing all of theirlives without knowing that itis not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau Driving along Crooked Lake’s shoreline on US-31 you’ll note the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center sign welcoming travelers to visit. The driveway intersects the North Western State bike trail which was once a part of the railway […]

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  • Checklist: Getting Licensed in Michigan

    Complete your real estate prelicensure course. Your school will submit your certificate of completion to the State of Michigan on your behalf. There are many wonderful in person and on-line courses to help prepare you for the licensing exam. A list of courses can be found here. Submit an application to the State of Michigan […]

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  • Enhanced life estate deeds (Lady Bird Deed)

    The life tenant has the right to mortgage or sell the real estate without the consent of their beneficiaries named in the deed because they haven’t actually given the home to them yet.

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  • Coldwell Banker Commercial National Real Estate Outlook 2021

    On the local level, the below data provided by the Northern Michigan MLS shows year over year comparisons from 2019 to 2020 and beginning of 1st quarter 2021.

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  • A Look at Wealth 2020: New Affluent Trailblazers

    Filtering for homes listed above $500,000, the Northern Michigan MLS data (MLS, 2021) shows that there were 183 residential sales. Of those, 113 sales took place within an association.

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  • Congratulations to our Award-Winning Agents!

    Coldwell Banker has unveiled their 2020 International Award Winners and we’re so proud of our four! Please join us in a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to – Paul Fairbairn, Owner/ BrokerKaren Petrimoulx, Associate BrokerCraig Wilson Jr., RealtorJim Bell, Realtor NEWS RELEASE                              FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Murphy, Office Manager & Associate Broker 231.548.9336 PAUL FAIRBAIRN, KAREN PETRIMOULX, CRAIG […]

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  • 24/7 Free Flowing Artesian Water

    “Flowing wells (along with springs and geysers) symbolize the presence and mystery of subsurface water, and as such they have always evoked considerable public interest”.

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  • What is the MLS anyway?

    You’ll hear Realtors talk about the MLS often. It’s probably one of the first things a Realtor mentions when talking about a marketing plan to sell your home or when they’re helping you to look for a home to purchase. So what is it? The MLS or multiple listing service, is an online portal that […]

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  • Great Lakes Water Levels

    Great Lakes Water Levels are rising to a record high since record lows of 2012 and 2013.

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  • A Tour of Burt Lake, Michigan

    To the north of the Crooked River mouth, is the Maple River. The Maple River has shifted over the years and has formed what is known as the Burt Lake sand bar. This is a very shallow and great swim area. On the Fourth of July, the Burt Lake sand bar is a favorite for boaters to anchor.

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  • Fishing on Burt Lake, Michigan

    Burt Lake has some of the best fishing in the country. In Indian River, you’ll find great opportunities to catch some diverse fish populations year-round.

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