Every Home Has A Story

We Would Love To Tell yours


About The Partners

If you live here already, you know how blessed we are. If you’re considering living or investing here, you’ve probably experienced some of the area’s extraordinary possibilities: country settings and small-town communities; enthralling agricultural beauty, and true farm to fork lifestyle, If Northern California is your real estate destination, you’ve arrived at the right spot. Whether you’re looking to buy your first home – or to sell an estate – expect nothing less from us than a Meritage blend of real estate expertise, professional service, creativity, and a passion for achieving your goals. 

With a combined 40+ years of real estate experience, I think you’ll find that we are up to the task. The Elite Partners epitomize integrity, energy, hard work, and service throughout each and every transaction they have. The Partners have been responsible for over $1 Billion in sales over the last 15 years and have ranked in the top ten worldwide within RE/MAX. Whether you’re ready to move into your first home or move on to the next one, The Elite Partners are with you at every important moment along the way.

Managing Partners


Don McDonald

Founding Partner & CEO

Don founded the Elite Team in 2006. As a dynamic leader and creative marketing guru, Don leads the partner’s marketing and business development efforts. After building one of RE/MAX’s Worldwide Top 10 Teams from 2007 through 2011 Don Joined RE/MAX Gold’s leadership team as their Director of Marketing and from 2015 through 2018 Don was Vice President of RE/MAX Gold the largest independent real estate company in California and #9 largest in the world. Today Don is back doing what he loves most helping agents achieve their very best results and working hand in hand with the Elite Partners The only thing that has changed is our name. We are now The Elite Partners still delivering outstanding customer satisfaction results!

Donovan Schemke

Managing Partner & President Residential

Sharp and focused, Donovan Schemke is a second generation Realtor with a strong mind for business. Practicing Real Estate for 15+ years, Donovan brings a sales background from the computer sector and has been well trained by corporate management in both sales and technology. Additionally, Donovan Schemke and his mother Pam have been among the Top Producing Realtors in Solano County. for over 40 years. Donovan clearly, understands the mindset of home buyers and sellers and has a thorough knowledge of the regional marketplace, which is what allows us to connect exceptional homes to exceptional lives.

Local Offices

With offices located in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, and Lake County our Partners are everywhere you are.

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Homes Sold

Collectively the Partners have sold more than 4,450 homes in the last decade. We know a thing or two about selling homes.

Elite Partners

With offices located in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, and Lake County our Partners are everywhere you are.

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Happy Clients

Our clients love us. This is more than our profession; it’s our passion because our family never forgets how much home truly means to you and your family.

Serving The Following Counties

Solano | Napa | Sonoma | Lake

Every home has a story. It's our job to tell the story. Below are our featured active stories for the homes we represent. Each is unique in its own way, stories shared from the homeowners about the way you might enjoy living, playing, working, and relaxing in your new home. You can click on the image and see the homes entire story which often includes a video walkthrough, tons more images, and a detailed description of the home, the neighborhood in which it resides, and information about the local community you'll be participating in for the next chapter in your life.

Serving The Following Counties

Solano | Napa | Yolo | Sonoma | Marin | Lake

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Meet them All

The road to the top was difficult but we would not be here without all these people that trusted us. We would like to say thank you so much!

Only Best Stories

Stories from about home, hesalth and wealth

Safari West

Beyond a zoo, far more than any drive-through park, Safari West thrives as a world-renowned preserve dedicated to conservation and home to the earth’s most graceful

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Charles M. Schulz Museum

Experience the Joy of Peanuts! Visit Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang—comic creations of Charles M. Schulz.

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The Downtown Theatre, formerly known as the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, is Solano County’s premier arts and entertainment center.

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You’ll be yelling more than “Fore!” when you see our fairways. Tee off at one of our top Zagat-rated public courses, and you’ll enjoy country-club like settings with spectacular layouts featuring meandering creeks, oak-studded fairways, rolling hills, and scenic lakes.

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The Waterfront District of Suisun City is an ideal spot for a day of great fishing or put in your boat at the Suisun City Boat Launch

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With a bicycle, a paddle board, or just a good pair of walking shoes, adventure awaits amid the Suisun Marsh’s endless acres of open land, bays and sloughs.

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Since our opening in 1990, LA CABANA has been focused by our passion to offer and deliver a unique and traditional Mexican style cuisine.

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Located near the Suisun waterfront, Cast Iron is an American restaurant and bar offering steak, seafood and pasta with an outdoor patio and fireplace.

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Lawler House Gallery is a not for profit organization providing a unique location for artist exhibits, events, inspiration, and education.

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True Symmetry Brewing Company in Suisun City features 20 craft beers on tap in a fun and relaxed tasting room that often includes dining options from area food trucks.

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5 Ways To Explore The Suisun Marsh

Abundant with wildlife and especially birds, the 84,000-acre Suisun Marsh just outside of Fairfield is the largest contiguous estuarine marsh in the western United States.

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The Suisun Wildlife Center is a non-profit volunteer organization, dedicated to the rescue of native wildlife and to the preservation of the Suisun Marsh through environmental education programs.

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Sold | 215 Solano St. Fairfield, Ca

215 Solano Street, Suisun City, CA 94585 is an adorable craftsman-style home in popular Downtown Suisun. This well-maintained home has an inviting floor plan and a great rear yard for entertaining.

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Solano County Housing Report February 2021

The Solano housing report for February 2021 is a monthly overview and statistical look at how the housing market is performing in Solano County including Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo, Benicia, Suisun City, Dixon and Rio Vista

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Active | 1658 Rockville Rd, Fairfield, CA

1658 Rockville Rd is across the street from the Green Valley Country Club, this single story charmer could be your forever home! Situated on a 1/3 acre corner lot, there are multiple places to entertain, relax, and enjoy the sunset.

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Active | 4518 Glencannon Dr, Fairfield, CA

4518 Glencannon Dr, Fairfield, CA Prepare to be dazzled from the smoothly paved approach to this special home, perched high above the clouds in Green Valley’s Highlands 3. This impressive property offers the treehouse charm of a multi-level, with the livability of a single story.

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Black Kite Cellars

Black Kite Cellars is a small, family-owned and operated winery dedicated to producing the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay using the best growing and winemaking practices applied to vineyards ideally situated for these classic Burgundian varietals.

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Al Fresco in Petaluma

Al Fresco? Al isn’t a person but a phrase borrowed from the Italian that means casual outdoor dining. Given Petaluma’s similarity to a charming Tuscan village

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