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David Schooley Managing Partner


I am a Full-Time, Full-Service Real Estate Broker serving Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, along with New Hamburg, Ayr, St. Jacobs and Elmira.

With a knowledge and networking base built on 30 years of entrepreneurial success in Waterloo Region, I understand the nuances that drive our local market. My integrity and commitment to exceptional service has been proven in my ability to assist both buyers and sellers. I specialize in Senior's Real Estate (SRES) and am a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS).

Sellers benefit from my broad-based 24.7.365 Global Marketing program, which reaches over 2 million viewers each month via online and premium print outlets (across 134 countries and in 41 languages). For Buyers, my C2G Conscierge service includes comprehensive, up-to-the-minute information that allows a full understanding of the options and opportunities available to you.

My creative approach and superb negotiating skills are valuable assets to buyers and sellers, yet my goal of sharing a successful, long-term client relationship with you remains more important than the deal itself.

I am strongly committed to giving back to our community. My "Stuff the Hummer" fundraising events have established the GoingHome Team as a top-tier corporate fundraiser for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. I also donate to the Children's Miracle Network and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with every real estate transaction and am an active Optimist Club member.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to fulfill your real estate goals.

Gita Arefi Partner

Sales Representative

Gita is a full time Realtor who has been helping clients to find their dream homes since 2010.

Her professional credentials are varied and impressive. Prior to moving to Canada, she worked in the field of professional Journalism as a writer and reporter. She launched her Canadian career as a Computer Programmer, and now channels a passion for problem solving into her growing real estate practice. Gita's warm and caring nature shines through for every client. She has a special place in her heart for first-time buyers and can't help but share in their unique brand of excitement.

Bilingual in Persian (Farsi) and English, Gita is equally comfortable in both languages and will happily work in either, as it is vital to her that clients understand every detail of their purchase or sale.

Gita is all about family. She lives in Kitchener with her husband and two sons, ages 13 and 18. Her eldest attends university. In her spare time she is an avid reader, enjoys TV, and does some of her best thinking while working out at the gym.

Richard Willaert Partner

Sales Representative, ABR, SRES

Richard is a Full-Time, Full-Service Realtor, a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) & Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). He serves the tri-cities (Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge) and surrounding areas including New Hamburg, Ayr, St. Jacobs and Elmira.

Having lived and worked in the region for over 20 years, Richard is well acquainted with our many local neighbourhoods. As the former owner of a restaurant and an automotive service shop (who grew up Ontario’s tobacco belt), he brings a unique brand of wisdom coveted by his commercial and rural clients.

Richard dedicates countless hours to volunteering. He is an active member of the Kinsmen Club of Kitchener-Waterloo (where he served as President for 3 years) and for the past 4 years has also been a member of the Board of Directors for K-W Habilitation Services. Richard has worked with David on numerous business ventures in the past, which made partnering with the GoingHome Team a natural choice when he brought his real estate practice to Remax Twin City.

Patti-Jo Lavery-Verkley Partner

Sales Representative, SRES, ABR, CNE, ASR

Patti-Jo's focus is on caring for others. In her 14 years as a Realtor, she's made it her mission to uncover clients' needs and finds great joy in helping them acquire their dream homes. For much of her real estate career, "Need to know? Call Patti-Jo!" has been a popular refrain, signalling to clients that they are in capable hands.

Her desire to help defines her personal life as well. For almost as long as she's been practising real estate, Patti-Jo has been volunteering at Monica Place in Kitchener, an organization that provides supportive housing, counselling and learning opportunities for pregnant youth while helping them to complete their education. Patti-Jo loves working with babies and mothers. Here at Remax Twin City, she leads numerous annual fundraisers to build awareness and support for the cause.

Prior to becoming a Realtor, Patti-Jo served for nearly two decades as a Registered Nurse at Grand River Hospital and worked briefly as a case manager with World Access Canada. After a brief move to McAllen, Texas, she returned to the region as a Charge Nurse at Conestoga Lodge and Medical Manager at Sun Life Financial. She has also volunteered with the Kitchener Waterloo Association of Realtors.

Kate Schooley

Communications Manager

Kate is an organizer at heart who has found her balance juggling the marketing and event planning side of the GoingHome Team.

Kate began her career as Supervising Producer at an independent television production company in Toronto. She wrote and produced a variety of travel and lifestyle series for CanWest Global, Outdoor Life and others, the most prolific of which took her on location across the US, Canada and into Europe.

Nearly a decade later, the rigours of travel television gave way to the more predictable lifestyle of a freelance writer, as Kate filled her roster with projects for national corporate clients and a number of area school boards.

These days, Kate manages communications and administration for the team. She has been a driving force behind the "Stuff the Hummer" Campaign, which this year is set to surpass the milestone of 200,000 emergency meals raised for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

John Summers



  • Ian M. & Erin H.
    Being first time home buyers was definitely intimidating but upon meeting with David it became much easier. He was prepared, knowledgeable, organized, and efficient. He is an excellent resource and definitely went above and beyond our expectations. He was very clear with the process and explained everything in "normal" terms for us. David knows the tri-cities area extremely well and was able to find the right home for us. Erin and I love the house that we are in and David, with tireless effort, make it all possible for us. I would recommend him to anyone who is purchasing or selling a home. It is not often you find someone loyal who will go to bat for you when you need it. Thanks for all of your help David!!
    Ian M. & Erin H.
  • Jim C.
    David is an outstanding agent; deeply knowledgeable in his profession, intelligent, with a direct and honest communication style. I believe that, hands down, he is the best real estate agent in the city and would highly recommend him.
    Jim C.
  • Pierson B.
    Time and time again, David went above and beyond the call of duty to find the perfect home for us; if anything we saw didn't work out or wasn't exactly what we were looking for, David would re-initiate his search on our behalf with alacrity. Throughout it all, David proved to be an invaluable source of wisdom on the state of the market. He was honest, forthright, and responsive to our concerns - without his guidance, we would have been lost in the proverbial wilderness. I could not recommend David more highly; with him, you're in good hands!
    Pierson B.
  • N. G.
    With your insight and expertise, we actually got the house we fell in love with at a reasonable price! I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning who got absolutely everything she put on her wish list from Santa Claus. I'm so happy!
    N. G.
  • A happy client
    Richard, I have to express my appreciation for how much you helped me in looking for a rental property that suited my needs. When I moved to K-W I thought this process was going to be painful & made it the complete opposite. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your efficiency & consistent communication. I deal with a lot of people in business and not many of them help to make procedures as easy as you did.
    A happy client
  • Stephen & Sheila G.
    When we started looking for a house, we did not know where we wanted to be - city or country? David asked questions to help us work through the search for the perfect home. He does everything he promises to do and does everything with excellence - a very rare combination these days. He answered questions, he dug for information, and he made things happen. David, you really are "one of a kind".
    Stephen & Sheila G.
  • L.K.
    We cannot thank David enough! If ever one is distraught when searching endlessly for a beautiful home, we highly recommend David to perform the enduring role of the realtor!
  • Peter G.
    If I had to say only one thing about David it is that he works hard for you. David just doesn’t rely on one approach in your service – he will use all possible approaches through different mediums, technologies and relationships to find the right buyer or new home. I am always impressed on how hard David works to exceed my needs and expectations. If I had to say two things about David, the next thing I would mention is his investment in building long-term relationships with his clients. He understand the power of referrals and knows that if he treats every client, not as a single transaction but as a long-term partner, then success will come to both you and him. He “walks the walk” and invests in those relationships not only on each interaction but with regular client events and those great “items of value” each month. We all have lots of options these days to sell or buy houses, and if you believe the main benefit of a real estate agent is an MLS listing, then you obviously have not received the benefits of having David work for you.
    Peter G.
  • Doug & Marianne G.
    We just sold our 30yr old (home), bought a new home and David was always prompt in getting back to us and keeping things rolling. He had all the right things to say to keep us on track and stay calm. Our sale was so quick, our heads and emotions were spinning. David was a star.
    Doug & Marianne G.
  • Kevin & Diane D.
    We are extremely pleased with David's service and expertise for the recent sale of our home. From the initial meeting- everything was made clear, and great advice was given in relation to all aspect of the sale- such as pricing, when to put it on the market, staging and more. This is the second time David has helped us, both in buying and selling of a home. David was amazingly efficient and proactive in helping things run smoothly behind the scenes for us. We would happily recommend him to anyone that is in need of a realtor/broker.
    Kevin & Diane D.
  • Jeremy & Julie
    We purchased our first house in August 2006 from David and he was absolutely amazing from the first view of our place to after the fact. We both HIGHLY recommend David for your next house sale or purchase . An added bonus is the monthly newsletter that we receive which are quite informative. Thanx again David your the best an we are still loving our new place.
    Jeremy & Julie
  • Paul & Hayley B.
    As first time time home buyers we were nervous and unfamiliar with the process of buying a home. David was very patient, and made sure we comfortable each step of the way. We highly recommend him.
    Paul & Hayley B.
  • Neil N.
    You have a sincere appreciation for the needs of your clients and are able to turn those desires into results.
    Neil N.
  • Nancy L.
    David, you are a great realtor and citizen! Thanks for all you have done for us, including the staging and Kate taking care of Camryn while we signed papers. Although we had some roadblocks, you got us through the sale unscathed. It really was a good experience. Everyone I talk to from Cambridge to Windsor wants you as their realtor. :)
    Nancy L.
  • Darlene E.
    David Schooley was a tremendous help in the recent sale of my mother's home of over 40 years. This was a very emotionally trying time, and David skillfully assisted us in navigating these at times choppy waters. He was diligent in explaining and guiding us through the process, flexible in terms of meeting our needs, and provided wonderful referrals for removing unwanted items and cleaning. This difficult process was accomplished in a very timely manner, and we were all very pleased with the outcome.
    Darlene E.
  • Steph & James
    David is absolutely amazing! I am the biggest worrier ever (he even wrote that on the front of my file) and he helped me relax and stay calm every step of the way in buying our first home. He was always there for us with whatever questions we may have. The amount of knowledge and expertise in this guys head is indescribable! To us, he was not just a realtor helping us buy our first house; he is an outstanding man helping us create our first home! We cannot thank you enough David!!
    Steph & James
  • Shaun & Heather D.
    One of the first conversations Shaun and I had on the Friday our house sold was how thankful we were to have worked through this process with you. We appreciated that our voices were heard and our wishes respected. We particularly appreciated the balance you achieved with sharing your expertise and listening to our goals and wants, and that the focus was always on what we wanted. We have appreciated all the support you have given us - it has been so consistent and empathetic throughout this process. Your empathy for us, and the way you have spoken about your other clients and the sellers involved in our process is something that has touched us very deeply. Thank you for your support of us and our family, your respect of the sellers and buyers in all cases, and the values that motivate you as you conduct your business. You have been an incredible support. Your empathy and understanding, as well as your expertise to guide us through this process, are things we will never forget about you. When the dust settles in the new year, we will be making a donation to ROOF in your name. Thank you, sincerely. It's not over yet, but we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate everything you have done for us.
    Shaun & Heather D.
  • Keith & Angela H.
    Wow, talk about a wonderful man. David was very caring and understanding with us. Having two babies, and wanting to sell and buy a new house is not easy. He treated us like we were family and took the time to understand our needs. I will recommend him to any and everyone looking for a home. Thank you David for everything.
    Keith & Angela H.
  • Dave N.
    I would like to thank you on behalf of my parents. for your help in selling their home. Who would have guessed that we would be able to carry on with our vacation in the midst of negotiating the sale! offer when we were in Toronto, counter offer in Kingston, and receiving a call as we checked in to a B&B in Edmunston,N.B. we had a deal. Thanks for helping to make what could have been a stressful ordeal into a satisfying adventure.
    Dave N.
  • Jon B.
    Very honest and dedicated. David knows how to get the job done, and is an expert in KW real estate. He is also a great person to work with and is understanding of whatever circumstances you may have. I would definitely recommend him to all of my family and friends.
    Jon B.
  • Kim L.
    Thank-you from both of us for your support and assistance with this amazing house. We couldn't have done it without you. You certainly go above and beyond your call of duty.
    Kim L.
  • Joe & Karen P.
    We've worked with David on three purchases now, and there is a reason we keep coming back to him: He takes care of his clients. He always has your best interests at heart and is willing to offer well thought out advice and unwavering support. He has an incredible network of professionals who he has strong relationships with, which make the home buying process seamless. David is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable in his field. We have, and will continue to recommend him every chance we get.
    Joe & Karen P.
  • Emily T.
    David was great. I never felt pressured to pursue a house despite the many showings he took me to. To buy a new home, he knows you have to have that special "feeling" from the moment you walk in. Thanks David!
    Emily T.
  • Ana G.
    David stayed in contact with me for over 3 years as I negotiated my way through a challenging divorce and finally got the chance to buy my own house. He provided solid honest advice and helped me find a house that was just PERFECT in terms of style, features, location and affordability. I got a way better house than I thought would be possible, due in great part to David's ability to negotiate the price down to something within my budget. Not one day has gone by since I moved that I haven't thought about how much I love this place!
    Ana G.
  • Scott P.
    My experience with David as my realtor was a pleasure. David is a no nonsense straight to the point kind of guy. This was my first home purchase and within a few minutes of speaking with him I knew I was in good knowledgeable hands. He went above and beyond my expectations. Scott P.
    Scott P.
  • Zubair S.
    "David is the Michael Jordan of Real Estate."
    Zubair S.
  • Angie M.
    Thanks, David. Don't know what I would do without you!!!! We chose wisely for a realtor!!!!
    Angie M.
  • Riann S.
    David is the pinnacle of what every realtor should be! He is knowledgeable, thorough, quick and comes with exceptional expertise. Need to buy/sell, & close in a week?? Or do you simply need the comfort that your huge investment is a good one?...David is your guy. After investing in the real estate market over the last 7 years, David is the BEST realtor I have come across!!!! Thanks David, it was an absolute pleasure!
    Riann S.
  •  S. & M.
    Mr. Schooley's work ethic, professionalism, and Customer Service skills were of highest standard, and are rarely seen today.
    S. & M.
  • E & J
    We really appreciate all the work you did for us and all the support you've given even after the closing has been wonderful. If we're ever in the market for another place we will be calling you (although I think we've found our home for a long time!).
    E & J
  • S & B
    Our dealings with Richard were nothing short of excellent. His personal manner, professionalism, punctuality and reliability made him an absolute pleasure to deal with and we have only praise for his work ethic in every respect. He will always be our first point of call for any future real estate dealings.
    S & B
  • Susan S.
    I can't say enough about the level of service I received from David. He was attentive, committed and 100% professional at all times. He came up with the right price, marketed my home as promised and my house was sold within 2 weeks of listing and due to David's knowledge and communication skills, I received the asking price. I have recommended David to all my family and friends and wish him only the best. Thank You David for all of your hard work and time.
    Susan S.
  • Mark & Karen B.
    As you know we had originally planned to try to sell our home privately, but after our first interview with you, we decided to engage your services as our selling agent. Are we ever glad we did.
    Mark & Karen B.
  • N.G.
    David Schooley is a great agent and what I like most, simply won't pitch junk. He listens, shortlists and reaches out if and when he has something that meets your criteria. He wastes no time!
  • S.B.
    We would like to thank Richard for an exceptional job in selling our home. He put in 100% effort, he kept us constantly informed and updated throughout the whole process and was always confident of getting me the top result. Once again, many thanks for a job well done. They say buying or selling a home can be one of the most stressful things you can do, but Richard made it one of the most pleasant experiences.
  • L.S.
    Richard, it has been a truly wonderful experience working with you in purchasing our home. It felt so secure and fun and you made the entire process easy and enjoyable. Your knowledge and expertise and caring attitude exceeded our expectations. You were always sensitive to our needs, patient, and helpful. You are more than a great agent, but also a friend. Thank you again so much for all your support.
  • Leah S.
    In 11 days we sold the property for 100% of our final target price with the first offer. David was committed to the sale of our property; he advertised and promoted the property aggressively. He recommended minor changes to the decor which enabled the house to be shown to its best advantage. His customer service focus and negotiating skills make him a superior realtor.
    Leah S.


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