David Fairman Broker/Owner


The Realty Firm Inc.
7801 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43235


David Fairman is the Principal Broker of The Realty Firm. As a second generation Realtor in the Central Ohio marketplace, David has been able to capitalize and update the award winning model used to catapult Charlene Fairman and her team to the top spot in the nation for an international brokerage in 2013. Through effective methodologies and by placing a heavy emphasis on education and professional level training in negotiations, David developed an updated platform for the team that allows both buyers and sellers to realize in depth knowledge with the benefit of receiving the best value possible with every transaction. With the numerous changes and evolving role of the real estate agent, this forward thinking is at the heart of what makes The Fairman Partners work so well. Clients depend on agents to be current and relevant in marketing,experience and knowledge. David’s contributions allow our clients  to have an edge in regards to real estate, whether in negotiations, listings or 5 years after closing.
In their post closing interviews, David’s past clients continually speak to his professionalism, trustworthiness and understanding of the marketplace. In a process that can be filled with many unknowns and stresses, David’s clients are the first to point out his knowledge and ability to educate and prepare his clients make processes that at times can feel overwhelming surprisingly exciting and fun.
David received his secondary education in Granville, Ohio and continued with post secondary studies at Wittenberg University where he studied a pre-law focus, obtaining his Bachelors degree in Political Science. He received both his Ohio Real Estate Salesperson and Ohio Real Estate Broker license at Hondros College and obtained his Certified Negotiation Expert designation from The Real Estate Negotiation Institute in Los Angeles.
Please feel free to read the dozens of post closing interviews of David’s past clients to understand why he is so great to work with!


Rachel Eicher

We were relocating for work and didn't know the area at all. We worked with David throughout the beginning of the process remotely (to which end he was very responsive in getting us information proactively), and then met us in person to show us around the areas and homes we singled out. David was very direct and honest, which we appreciated, and helped us negotiate the nuances of doing business in a new state. We were very demanding clients with tons of questions, but David was always responsive and got us swift answers because he was sensitive to the time crunch we were under to find and close on a home. Don't let his young appearance fool you - he knows what he is doing! Highly recommended.

Erin Garloch

When I started looking for a home I didn't know who to contact in the Columbus area to get the ball rolling on the search so I shot off an email to several different realator's here on Zillow. Dave Fairman with Gold Key Experts was the only one to actually respond back with a real email, out of the approx. 10 relator's I emailed the only other response I got was a form response. Dave was incredibly personable and helpfult throughout the process. I'm picky and a first time homebuyer so it took a while to find the right place and throughout the process Dave was very helpful, patient, and always quick to respond to any questions. I would highly recommend working with him, it was a great experience and when I sell in several years I plan on going through Gold Key Experts.

Adam H

My wife and I were both first time home buyers. We had no idea where to begin so we decided to do some research on a good reliable buying agent. After doing several hours of googling, we kept coming across amazing reviews for "The Gold Key Experts", specifically David Fairman, so we decided to give him a call. That was one of the best calls I have ever made. From day one Dave was a delight to work with. He always returned our calls and emails no matter what time it was. He was personable, knowledgeable, and timely which all made our first time home buying experience wonderful. Dave spent so much time with us and he never gave up on our needs/wants in a house. He actually encouraged us to hang on to them and not settle, and we our so glad he did! We are now two very happy newlyweds in our dream home. If you are still reading this review and have not called Dave yet, let me leave you with this. Dave excels the most at buying/selling contracts. He is a wealth of knowledge and spent hours going though our contract to make sure we were fully protected and received everything we wanted with our new home. This is something that we can not overstate.

Dawn Milanovich

I worked directly with David Fairman. David had actually been a previous owner in the development in which I purchased and was very knowledgeable regarding the development as well as surrounding area. All of the paperwork was completed/submitted electronically and was a very efficient process. Closing was also easy and quick - thanks to Charlene and her team!!

Morgan & Doug Gray

I actually worked with David Fairman. He was fantastic for us. We had bigger demands than our budget really allowed and his search gave us the right direction to finding a great house for a good price. I went into house buying completely clueless, David helped me understand how the entire thing would go right off the bat. He explained it in a way that I could understand and relate to. We had a stressful mortgage process and he backed us up when we needed it. I only hope that I can move up and buy another house to work with David again

Craig & Stephanie Rapp

Dave was resilient and made sure we got what we were looking for. We started with fairly lofty goals and realized we were a bit outside of our element. Instead of showing us mediocre places because we seemed unsure about the high price, Dave handled it as if we were going to buy all of them. We were first-time homebuyers and I can't imagine having an easier experience. Dave stood up for us when the developer was slowing down the finalization of our home and we appreciated that.

Kristin Huntoon

I am new physician, I had never bought a house and was short on time and resources - David was exactly what I needed. He was organized and on top of the properties, locations, and in the negotiations he was so helpful. I feel fortunate that he was recommended to me.


As first time home buyers, this was terrifying and, at times, overwhelming process. We originally went with a realtor that was a mutual acquaintance. After some less than reassuring experiences, we did our homework and decided to switch to Dave Fairman. Dave made this whole process less scary and more fun. He was there, email, text, or phone call, whenever we needed for whatever we needed. He was super flexible in scheduling around a teacher and firefighter work schedule. He took our wants and realistic abilities into consideration and gave us honest advice without opinions. He always gave us as much input as he could and researched what he didn't know. When we finally found our home, I was so thankful we went with Dave. His expertise with the legal part of this whole process is excellent. Not once did I question what he was doing because he took the time to explain it to us (each and every time we asked) and he was always extremely professional with the seller so that the whole process was very smooth. When we buy our next home, it will surely be with him and we have already recommended him to several friends. A top notch personable realtor that knows his stuff.

Tom Smith

Going into the home buying process, I was quite confident I did not need an agent. After meeting with David Fairman I realized I couldn’t be more wrong. Upon meeting him, he gave us a very thorough and professional presentation on how he would help us find and secure the home we wanted. The process from beginning to end went way more smoothly than I ever could have imagined, and I attribute this to the knowledge and expertise demonstrated by David. He was very attentive to what we were looking for and did an outstanding job of setting up showings. I could not be more pleased with the entire experience. If you are looking for someone to help you buy a home in Central Ohio I cannot imagine there is a better choice than him.


I was a first time home buyer they did a great job to help me find a house but more importantly they helped me to understand the process. They helped me every step of the way to ensure that I was always in the loop. They were able to be flexible with my schedule and were very prompt with communication.


Very professional and knowledgable!! From the initial meeting, to viewing homes, to the negotiation process, up to closing we received high level service. Their response time was wonderful and as first time buyers we received valuable education of the entire process. Best of all we felt like Dave cared about us throughout the process. We will definitely turn to Gold Key with future purchases!

Allison B

My husband and I were first time homebuyers and worked with David Fairman at Gold Key. David helped us through the homebuying process in so many ways and we are so thankful to have found him! He showed us a number of different homes and guided us to the right one for our needs. After we decided on "the" home, he was able to negotitate with the sellers agent and actually got us under contract for less than what we were comfortable spending. David is honest, professional, dependable and knowledgeable. Our entire home buying experience was flawless and completely stress free. We have and will continue to recommend him and his team to friends, family and co-workers.

Tae Kim

My wife and I were first time homebuyers from foreign country and we worked with Dave Fairman to buy a house. We felt so fortunate about meeting Dave as our realtor because he is very informative and responsive. He has great knowledge about Columbus area and whenever we had questions about anything, there was no problem getting quick answers from him pretty much 24/7. He made our experience fun. We highly recommend Dave to anyone who's looking to buy/sell a house. Once again, thank you Dave.


My husband and I worked with David Fairman when buying our home. He was very professional and patient. He must have showed us 20-30 homes, before we found the right one. He was never pushy, and always gave us an honest assessments of the homes we viewed. He was immediate in his responses when we had questions. He made the experience fun! We are so happy with our new home! THANK YOU DAVID!!

Will Downs

I found the Gold Key Experts to be a fantastic company to work with; my realtor was Dave Fairman. When I initiated the process, I was browsing houses merely to see what was available on the market, as my rental contract would shortly be up. Dave was very respectful to the fact that I was casually looking. Throughout working with Dave for several months, he was able to quickly and efficiently secure walk-throughs of many properties across Columbus. Since this is one of the more important purchases someone can make, I had very specific requirements for price, location, size, yard, etc.. He never pressured me to sacrifice my search parameters, and we were successful in finding the perfect property. He was excellent at navigating the post-purchase process. Overall Dave did a tremendous service for me, and I will always be grateful for how he conducted his business with me.


We were relocating for work and didn't know the area at all. We worked with David throughout the beginning of the process remotely (to which end he was very responsive in getting us information proactively), and then met us in person to show us around the areas and homes we singled out. David was very direct and honest, which we appreciated, and helped us negotiate the nuances of doing business in a new state. We were very demanding clients with tons of questions, but David was always responsive and got us swift answers because he was sensitive to the time crunch we were under to find and close on a home. Don't let his young appearance fool you - he knows what he is doing! Highly recommended.


Dave is really helpful and nice. He knows exactly what kind of property I wanted and I purchased my new house with his help within only 2 months. Every time I sent him email to request something or ask some questions, he would respond in minutes. He did his best to protect me from losing something and worked really hard to negotiate for me. He is really good and I would like to recommend him to my friends.


We were in contract in 6 days with them!! We do not have enough good things to say about them. When we had questions, concerns and so forth they were always quick to get back to us!! Great group and David did awesome.

Andrew M.

Both David and Charlene were fantastic to work with. I was buying my first home and needed a quick close. They were able to get me into see every property in which I was interested and able to do so in a very timely manner. If one of them were not available, the other was able to step in and fill their place. Once we found the right property, everything went seamlessly from contract to close thanks to David and Charlene's hard work and expertise. Given the tricky timeline, it certainly was impressive and much appreciated.


What can I say about David? His professionalism and dedication to his clients is unprecedented. David is by far the absolute BEST realtor I have ever worked with and my own mother was a realtor at one time who helped my buy my 1st home. I have bought and sold 4 homes in central Ohio over the years and used different realtors for each. A good honest realtor is that hard to find. I've been working with David for 2 years now looking for JUST the right property. His honesty at pointing out faults in the properties I thought I liked is refreshing. He has truly been dedicated in helping me find exactly what I need. His tireless research has given me the confidence I needed to not be in a hurry and trust that when he says we've found a good fit, it's going to be our forever home.

Marques Parks

I worked with Dave Fairman when I was buying my home and couldn't have been more pleased. Dave definitely got a great sense of not only what I was looking for, but the type of person I was and that I valued my daughters opinion as well. He communicated with both her and I on all of our visits and I never got the impression he just wanted me to pick something so I would be done nor did he push me price wise. I got just what I was looking for and my daughter and I couldn't be happier! I would have no problem recommending Dave to any friends, family, or even colleagues.


We were first-time home buyer so obviously there was a lot to learn. It was very helpful that Dave (Fairman) walked us through the process in a meeting right at the start. Dave was very knowledgeable and responsive to all our questions and requests. Initially, we were slightly concerned that because of his remarkable knowledge and track record, we might feel pushed to make certain decisions (based on his advice). But we soon found that we didn't need to worry. Dave were great in providing his expert opinions but also giving us the space to consider and decide for ourselves at our own pace. However, when we found the house that we liked, he worked quickly and tirelessly even till middle of the night to help us secure the purchase. We just moved into our new house last night and are so happy with our new home.

Neha Kumar

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of working with Dave and Charlene when looking to buy condo in Columbus. I had never lived in the area before and did not know much about the Columbus market. Dave was an excellent for first-time buyers like ourselves as he was very knowledgeable and helped educate us about what to expect and how the process would work. At our initial meeting he made sure to get a clear idea of what we were looking for and worked hard to help us find listings we would like. He set up viewings very quickly and was very flexible with his schedule, which made it easier for us coming in from out of time. We also had a very tight timeline due to our job start date and I am so happy to say we met that timeline with time to spare. I am so thankful for this team for helping us find the perfect condo for us. We absolutely love our place more than we could have imagined! Dave and Charlene are two individuals who truly care about helping their clients find a place that is what they actually want. They have endless knowledge about the Columbus market, they are very connected to the different players in the real estate market and they are a blast to work with. They are true experts and we highly recommend them for anyone looking for a buyer’s agent.


David Fairman helped me purchase my first home, and he was phenomenal. Being a first time home buyer, saying I was terrified and completely lost would be an understatement. David was incredibly knowledgeable about the area, and walked me through the process step by step. He made what I thought would be an overwhelming and stressful process, a really exciting and enjoyable experience. I now have the home of my dreams!

Robby Creel

Dave (and the rest of The Gold Key Experts team) were great in our home-buying process. They were very knowledgeable about the area (Hilliard) and provided great customer service. My wife and I had a very busy schedule and were over an hour and a half away and Dave always found away to be flexible with our schedule. Very personable and fun which also contributed to a happy experience. Great team. We highly recommend and will be using them again during our next purchase (and sale)!


We hired Dave Fairman when we were assisting my son with purchasing his first home. As a first time home buyer who had recently entered the workforce after completing college, my son was on a very modest budget. Although I encouraged him to buy vs. rent from an investment perspective, I was concerned that any property he could afford would likely have structural and/or location issues. I am delighted and very pleasantly surprised to say, that thanks to Dave Fairman, my son found an amazing home, like new, in a beautiful, meticulous neighborhood. I was stunned. I consider this transactions to be one of the best decisions I have been a part of. Dave did a remarkable job of locating quality properties in the right neighborhoods. His knowledge of market values across the greater Central Ohio area was very impressive. Our time was so very efficiently spent as a result of visiting only quality properties. Dave was always prompt and professional. I was especially impressed with his work ethic and patience as we pursued at least one short sale offer. I am also impressed with the network of people Dave recommended throughout our transaction. There was a strong team: from inspectors, to handy-man remodelers with creative ideas, to his strong real estate organization who leant their collective knowledge and assistance. Dave’s contacts and knowledge on the financing side of things also proved to be enormously helpful! From start to finish, our experience in working with Dave Fairman was outstanding. We located and purchased a terrific property, in a wonderful location, in a very short period of time. We couldn’t be happier. . We were so pleased with Dave that we used him again when assisting my daughter with her first home. The results were equally impressive. I would highly recommend Dave Fairman and his team without reservation. Sincerely, Jeff Kalinoski


My wife and I have dealt with one or two realtors in the past and we do not have good impressions on them. We came across the Gold Key Experts during our zillow search. We were very impressed with the number of perfect reviews that they received from their clients. We said to ourselves that this company would probably only do business with high end clientele. Nothing could be further from the truth! We sent an inquiry late at night and to our surprise somebody replied our email within an hour. It came from David Fairman. We explained our need to purchase our first home together. Then, we ended up scheduling a meeting in the next few days at his office. Let me tell you something...prior to the meeting, we did not intend to do any paperwork with him but we were so amazed with his knowledge, professionalism, personality, and positive attitude that we decided to become his client immediately. You will learn a lot more from him from just buying a house. You will not need to worry about whether you are missing any steps in your buying process because David always stays on top of his game. He answered our questions very promptly and he would give you his honest opinion. We felt very fortunate having him as our buyer agent. You will definitely be glad that he is on your side. We know who should we talk to the next time we want to purchase another house. Thank you David.


I first met David Fairman when buying a condo in Grandview over 2 years ago. I found David to be very upfront, honest and most of all fun to work with. He was very knowledgeable about the Grandview area and the transaction was completed while I was out of town. I knew then that when it came time to sell my primary home, I would contact David. I listed my home in Pickerington in May 2014 and had a contract in 3 weeks. I have very high expectations when it comes to "customer service" and David and Charlene exceed those in every way. While I hope I am out of the real estate buying / selling business for a while, I would not hesitate to contact David or Charlene if the need arises in the future and would highly recommend any looking to buy or sell (anywhere in the Columbus and surrounding area), contact them FIRST!!

Branndon D Kelley

I worked with David Fairman and honestly it was an absolute pleasure. Our search lasted nearly a year (only because we were so picky) and David never stopped working with us or showed signs of frustration. In fact, David brought information to the table that prevented us from making emotional decisions that we would have regretted in the future. David is a true professional, as is his support staff at the office. He focuses on the client, rather than the sell, resulting in positives outcomes for all. I have and will again (without hesitation) recommend David.

Amber Sewell

David Fairman worked with me and my fiancé on buying our first house. He was very knowledgeable about what to look for in a house and provided great input throughout our journey. David was always willing to show us houses even though they all were about an hour away from the Columbus area. He is very personable and fun to be around, which made the process more enjoyable for us. The support staff was also very helpful, especially when we were in contract and about to close. We highly recommend David Fairman and The Gold Key Experts to anyone looking to buy a house. They definitely make the process easier and less stressful.

Aaron Bogacik

David was excellent to work with during the process of purchasing our new home! We were from out of state and he helped make the entire process painless... David made us feel comfortable and welcome from the first interaction. He and his team were always available to answer our questions, even from 400 miles away. Negotiation was a breeze thanks to his expertise. Best home buying experience we have ever had!


David did a great job helping my husband and I purchased our first home. He was very attentive and understanding throughout the entire process. His high level of expertise was shown throughout the entire time. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.


Anyone would be lucky to have the opportunity to work with David Fairman for many reasons. Dave truly listens to his buyers and works tirelessly to find the home of their dreams. He took us on countless home showings, always full of positivity and wit. I am not sure anyone knows the Columbus housing market better than Dave; he is very knowledgeable and it was critically beneficial to our search and the negotiation process. Beyond his knowledge of the market, he knows exactly what to look for once you’re inside a home that could pose a potential problem. We always felt Dave had our best interests in mind and as though we were his only clients. We closed on our home in January 2015, but Dave never cut off contact. He continued to check-in and support us in answering any and all questions we had regarded our home warranty and recommending service providers


Dave was great at helping us purchase our first home! It took us nearly a year to find exactly what we were looking for, but he helped us the whole way through and offered suggestions & guidance when we needed it. He was especially knowledgeable when it came to closing the deal and negotiating in our benefit. We could tell this part was his strength! He worked with us when things got confusing and more difficult at the end of our purchase due to the sellers not wanting to fully comply with making the requested fixes to the house. We are so happy in our new house!


We were relocating from Pennsylvania when my husband found David by searching the internet. He was impressed with his good reviews and gave him a call. David's response was immediate and went to work for us right away. His negotiating skills were outstanding and he saved us a few thousand dollars. David helped us get our dream house when it looked as if it wasn't going to happen. He is 100% professional at all times and if he doesn't know an answer to your question (which he usually does) he gets back to you asap. He knew so much about all the houses we looked at. I highly recommend him as your Realtor!


We had an excellent experience with David. He was very responsive, communicated with us well and made sure we were well informed through the whole process.


We were looking to buy our first home, when we came across David. We were extremely impressed with his knowledge, honesty, and overall down to earth personality. He made himself available to us day or night, even when we had questions at 9 in the evening, he would get back with us immediately everytime. We looked forward to seeing David each time he showed us a house, it seemed more like going through the process with a friend, rather than just a realtor. Highly recommended!


We compare Dave and his team to leasing a brand new Mercedes versus a Toyota Camry. Every other realtor team we talked to and met with were a distant second place. Dave is an excellent salesman and expert negotiator, and actually takes pride in his business and the way he treats clients. Kat was a was an absolute pro in taking pictures and providing staging/styling recommendations. We highly recommend the Fairman's to sell your home. Within 24 hours of listing our condo on the market we had received a full price offer which we accepted. We closed in less than a month!!

Ram Gadde

David helped me recently with my home purchase. as a first time home buyer i was so nervous. David helped to conduct the process as smooth as possible. Already started referring David to my friends who is in house hunt.


Dave wins our vote for best realtor ever. He and his team were thoughtful, efficient, knowledgeable, responsive, and FAST throughout the whole process. As first-time homebuyers, we had a LOT of questions and a lot of emotions, and Dave never ceased to amaze us with his patience. He and his team are a 10 in our book!


Do your research. Read the reviews. The Realty Firm is amazing whether buying or selling. We worked with David to buy our home in Columbus and Charlene connected us with a local financial institution that beat our pre-approved rate with our own bank. David is all about people and takes the time to listen, learn and guide his clients. David is knowledgeable, reliable and professional. He knows the area, the business and responded to all questions and concerns promptly. This was the easiest home buying process ever with online document validations and signatures. I highly recommend the award winning David Fairman and The Realty Firm. Keep Calm and Carry On... with David Fairman and The Realty Firm.


Whoever you are, you need Dave. My husband and I recently purchased our first home. We started the process of getting things in order about 6 months before we knew that we would be ready to seriously consider purchasing any homes. I found Dave online and liked the reviews that had been written about him. He was willing to meet with us even though he knew we would be renewing the lease at our apartment for another 10 months. Dave took the time to educate us on the entire home-buying process and we found it hugely helpful to have that knowledge before we officially started looking. Over the next few months, Dave checked in with us periodically to see if we needed anything. Eventually, the time came where we were ready to look at houses and Dave kicked it into high gear and took us on many house tours! We were looking at a time when inventory was extremely low and houses were going into contract within 24 hours of being on the market. I am convinced that Dave's responsiveness helped us get the home that we are in today. He would arrange for us to visit houses as soon as possible. When we visited our house and told him we were interested, he helped us to develop an offer that night. We ended up getting the house because we made an offer so quickly! I'm sure the house would have gone to someone else if we had waited or if Dave had not been so quick to show us the house. Now that we've been in the house for two months, I have had a few occasions to ask Dave questions. He still responds to me quickly and continues to educate and assist us as we navigate the exciting new world of home-ownership! I know that Dave will always be available to us as a resource and I know that when we are ready to move on to our next home, we will call Dave to help us list this home and look for a new one!

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