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David Schooley Managing Partner, Director, Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO)

Broker, CNE, CRS, CLHMS, SRES


david@goinghome.ca
519-577-1212

David is an award-winning Real Estate Broker widely recognized across the region for his expertise, honesty and generosity. His keen understanding of the market is built on 30 years of entrepreneurial success. As a basketball fan, he was delighted when a client recently nicknamed him the “Michael Jordan of Real Estate”.

Dedicated to raising industry standards for professionals and the public, David serves his clients, shares his knowledge and builds relationships as a full-time Realtor, a weekly real estate advice columnist, a Director with the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), and an active philanthropist. When local buyers and sellers need straightforward real estate advice, they know to just “Ask David”.

David believes that knowledge is power, seizing every opportunity to learn more in order to serve his clients better. He has earned his stripes as a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), and recently completed the Negotiation Mastery course from Harvard Business School.

As the author of “Ask David…”, a weekly real estate advice column in the Waterloo Region Record and on TheRecord.com, David welcomes questions from homeowners and freely shares his knowledge in an easy-to-read, down to earth format. The column has been so popular that it now runs in Metroland affiliate papers across Ontario.

A community builder by nature, David has spent the past (pre-pandemic) decade hosting "Stuff the Hummer" family events that have raised over 200,000 emergency meals for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, and also fundraises for OneROOF Youth Services, Hockey Helps the Homeless and Breast Cancer Research. He has been awarded Top Fundraising Agent by Children’s Health Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network three out of the past four years, and donates to these organizations each time his clients buy or sell a property.

Richard Willaert Partner

Sales Representative, ABR, SRES


richard@goinghome.ca
519-500-1152

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.

Karen Power Partner

Sales Representative


karen@goinghome.ca
519-502-4342

Karen delights in meeting new people and introducing them to the region where she has lived and worked for over 30 years. With personal ties to Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, she knows the tri-cities like the back of her hand and greatly enjoys the tapestry of cultures and festivals that blanket our thriving region.

With extensive experience in the field of market research, Karen understands the vital importance of customer satisfaction. As a Mortgage Operations Analyst with Sun Life, she has gained significant insight into the financial aspects of the real estate industry. She combines these skills with an immense respect for the trust that clients place in her, feeling honoured by the opportunity to help them with the most important purchase of their lives.

Karen takes great joy in the hectic nature of family life. As mom to a creative 9 year old daughter, 3 cats and a Border Collie/Blue Heeler cross, she identifies with the needs and challenges of moving with a growing family.

Her heart for home ownership extends to those who don’t have the opportunity. As an active fundraiser for Ray of Hope’s “Coldest Night of the Year”, she works to support services for homeless individuals in our area.

Kate Schooley

Communications Director


kate@goinghome.ca
519-579-4110

Kate is a professional writer and natural organizer 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.

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Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paul L. & Heather K.
    David's service was excellent in every aspect. We liked his knowledge of the market and availability to address our concerns and questions. Excellent service all around!
    Paul L. & Heather K.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tegan W.
    David was awesome! He stepped in at the last minute and rearranged his schedule for us so we could put the offer together quickly with my husband and me working opposite shifts. David is honest, straight forward, and is always looking out for the best for you as his client. He was thorough with our offer and made sure we understood everything that was in it. David was always quick to respond to emails, texts or phone calls. He is very experienced and gives good advice. He made the whole process very easy for us! We would recommended him to anyone looking for help in finding their dream home!
    Tegan W.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rosemary K.
    David, you did an outstanding job for us; from walking us through what turned out to be a lengthy process of evaluating a home and location right fit to selling our home in Kitchener ON. We appreciate your high standard of professionalism, ethics, communication and support contacts. You really know how to get things done, and as I said to you when the deal was done in July, you are the Kawhi Leonard of real estate for us!
    Rosemary K.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • David knows his stuff. He did a great job of helping us buy at a decent price and get the most for us as sellers. He is well connected and gave us leads on finding movers and other services. Highly recommended.Kim and Ron
  • Dave N.
    Who would have guessed that we would be able to carry on with our vacation in the midst of negotiating the sale! ....an 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paul M.
    David delivered on his promise. He did exactly what he said he would do!
    Paul M.
  • 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.
  • Zubair S.
    David is the Michael Jordan of Real Estate.
    Zubair S.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Angie M.
    Thanks, David. Don't know what I would do without you!!!! We chose wisely for a realtor!!!!
    Angie 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
  • Nancy O.
    We can't say enough about how well we were treated. David found what we were looking for to a tee, then sold our home in less than a week. We definitely will recommend David for his outstanding service!
    Nancy O.
  • 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.