Dana Fortinberry

Dana Fortinberry

Realtor, Certified Negotiation Expert & Smart Home Technology Specialist

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 248-394-3542
  • 248-462-2796
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Welcome Home!

I'm a huge fan of Clarkston and northern Oakland County and I have lived in Independence Township for 28 years. I chose to raise my three boys here, and two of them now own homes in this area as well. My husband has owned a business in Clarkston for over 30 years. No matter what type of home you're looking for, or what type of home you'd like to sell, my job is to make the buying and selling process easy and fun for you. I love my job! 




Happy Customers Make Me Happy!

I want to share with you our experience dealing with Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel and, in particular, Dana Fortinberry throughout our recent home sale and purchase. Until my recent retirement, my occupation was that of a professional pilot. I have had the opportunity of providing my services to many corporate CEOs, celebrities, well-known political figures and very high-net worth individuals, transporting them safely and in extreme comfort to destinations throughout the world. In short, I know what providing the highest level of customer serve is and should be.


Now that we have sold and purchased homes with Dana as our agent, I can honestly say that I will without hesitation or reservation recommend Dana Fortinberry as the “must have” agent to whomever will listen.


On June 1, 2015, we listed our home [in northern Oakland County] with Dana. From the very beginning she was there to help us in any way she could. In the month and a half that it took to complete the sale of the home, Dana was able, on short notice, to locate a small business owner to maintain our lawn. She even offered to come out and care for our pet dog if needed in order to facilitate showings.


We were finally able to locate a home to purchase in our desired location at about the same time we were closing on the sale of our home. That’s when the fun started as it turned out that there were significant title issues involved in the seller’s property. Throughout the eight weeks it took to clear up those issues, Dana was there for us at every turn. She was the one who knew the procedures required to clean up the [title] mess. Although it wasn’t her job to direct the seller and the seller’s agent, Dana was savvy enough to be able to drop sufficient hints along the way to keep them moving in the right direction. Even the seller’s agent admitted at closing that, without Dana, the deal had no chance of being completed.


Many times Dana checked with us regarding our willingness/desire to stick with the deal, assuring us that she was there to facilitate our wishes to wait it out or move on. At all times I knew that if I sent a text or left a voice mail with questions, and sometimes they were typical nervous buyer-type inquiries, my phone would be ringing within minutes with answers or reassurances. Even after the sale, Dana has been there for us, providing contacts when we were looking for flooring, carpet cleaning, etc., and those contacts have been great. Not only does Dana know a “guy” for that, she knows the best guy for whatever is needed.


Dana is a go-getter for sure… and an outstanding agent. She is the kind of person who reaches her goals very quickly and becomes good at whatever she chooses to do. [Dana is] just the kind of person you want working for you, not for the competition.


Sincerely yours,


Duane L. Grandy



Dear Dana,


I am in receipt of a letter from your client Mr. Duane Grandy, who wanted to share his experience working with you. Mr. Grandy praised you for your professionalism, dedication, and shared how appreciative he was to have you represent him. His note was extremely complimentary, and after reading it I understand why he felt compelled to share his experience. Dana, I am thankful to have you representing our company. We at CBWM strive to provide outstanding experiences at every point of contact and it is clear you delivered on that promise. Congratulations on a job well done!




John North

CEO, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

More Happy Customers Make Me Even Happier!

My husband and I would like to thank Coldwell Banker and Dana for the help we received in selling our house. We had listed our house previously with another Realtor and had some success with a few offers but were never able to close on any of them. Eventually we ended up leasing our house for a one year term to help with mortgage payments. We were apprehensive about listing our house again and we were certain we would be seeking the help of a new agent. We met with multiple agents before deciding on Dana. Since that point we have been very happy with our decision.


From the beginning Dana was quick to respond to our inquiries. She met with us at our home and put us at ease with her confidence, knowledge and appreciation for the work we had put into the house. Throughout the entire process Dana took care of us, immediately following up on any leads. She anticipated issues and acted on them quickly. She was careful not to get our hopes up and researched possible buyers beforehand.


In the end, our house sold for far more than we had hoped and now we are finally able to move on with our lives. We are so grateful for Dana and would refer her to any of our friends or family.


Thanks again Coldwell Banker Team!


Caleb & Megan Hon





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Dana's Real Estate Specialties

I specialize in lakefront and lake access properties, luxury homes, condominiums, second homes/cottages, homes for first-time buyers and FINDING YOUR DREAM HOME! Not pre-approved for a mortgage yet? Call me and I can refer you to my preferred mortgage professionals, who will make the process fast and easy so we can go shopping!



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Dana's Education

Bachelor of Arts - Michigan State University

Juris Doctorate - Wayne State University Law School

Dana's Professional Background

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney - 9 Years

Private Practice Trial Attorney - 10 Years

District Court Judge - 6 Years

Dana's Professional Associations

North Oakland County Board of Realtors [NOCBOR]

Michigan Realtors

National Association of Realtors

State Bar of Michigan

Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan

Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates

Michigan District Judges Association

Oakland County Association of District Court Judges

National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals

Oakland County Association of Drug Court Professionals

Dana's Personal Background

Dana grew up in Ohio, but moved to Michigan in 1971. She graduated from Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, Michigan State University and the Wayne State University Law School. After 32 years in the legal profession, she followed her heart into real estate and has found her passion!

Dana and her husband, Chuck, have resided in Clarkston since 1990 and Chuck has owned a business there since 1985. Dana and Chuck raised three sons, two of whom are homeowners in the Clarkston area. Now sharing the family home with four dogs [Allie, Doc and Turbo], Dana and Chuck are proud members of Clarkston United Methodist Church.


Dana's Personal Interests

In her spare time, Dana enjoys boating, golf, gardening and reading, especially anything written by Fannie Flagg, Rebecca Wells and Lorna Landvik. She looks forward to escaping to her cottage in northern Michigan whenever possible. A motor home trip to Grand Marais in Michigan's gorgeous Upper Peninsula is mandatory for the Fortinberrys every summer! 


Dana's Community Involvement Past & Present

Embrace the Day Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

Clarkston SCAMP

52-2 District Court Sobriety Court Foundation

Macomb County Child Abuse & Neglect Council

Statewide Services for the Hearing Impaired

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