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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.

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



  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thanks, David! This whole process has been amazing and seamless from my perspective. I have been already, but will continue to recommend you to anyone we know who is looking to move. JT
  • 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. 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.
  • Scott P.
    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.
  • Nancy L.
    David, you are a great realtor and citizen! Everyone I talk to from Cambridge to Windsor wants you as their realtor. :)
    Nancy L.
  • Darlene E.
    David 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.
  • Doug & Marianne G.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Pierson B.
    Time and time again, David went above and beyond the call of duty to find the perfect home for us. Throughout it all, he 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!
    Pierson B.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    A happy client
  • Angie M.
    Thanks, David. Don't know what I would do without you!!!! We chose wisely for a realtor!!!!
    Angie M.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Dave N.
    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.
  • 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. 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. We have, and will continue to recommend him every chance we get.
    Joe & Karen P.
  • Zubair S.
    "David is the Michael Jordan of Real Estate."
    Zubair S.
  • 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
  • Robert Y.
    I was very impressed by your professional handling of our sale that I will always endorse you as the agent to go to in any real estate sale I am aware of by friends, etc.
    Robert Y.
  • 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.


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