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

Central Market

We’re offering meals for two and culinary provisions such as house-made soups, sausages, pasta, and bread. The same great food prepared for you to simply “heat and eat” at home.

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Petaluma Pet Co.

Petaluma Pet Company carries a carefully curated selection of unique, quality and affordable provisions for cats and dogs.

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I Lioni

In 2004 the Leoni family founded a shop in Petaluma, California based on these premises; everyone can and should cook, entertaining should be as easy and accessible as it is beautiful and gracious, and a home should reflect one’s personal style.

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Mystic Theater

Alchemia nurtures the creative expression of individuals with disabilities as a vehicle for personal growth and accomplishment.

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Alchemia nurtures the creative expression of individuals with disabilities as a vehicle for personal growth and accomplishment.

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Flower Casita

Welcome to Flower Casita. We are a full service florist servicing Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco Counties.

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Petaluma Village Premium Outlets

Located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, Petaluma Village Premium Outlets is an outdoor shopping mall that offers impressive savings all year round at 60 outlet stores.

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The Goat Bistro

A tiny jewel box tucked in the historic Great Petaluma Mill, European-style Wild Goat Bistro was built with reclaimed materials like 100-year-old siding from a hop house and a copper-top counter in front of the bustling open kitchen.

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Hen House Brewing Company

Our story starts 20 years ago, when Scott stopped homebrewing. Realizing that fermentation was no mere hobby, he put away the carboys and took a deep dive into the world of artisanal manufacturing.

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Green String Farms

At Green String Farm, we practice “natural process agriculture.” We keep the soil and plants healthy and free from pesticides and artificial chemicals.

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Solano County Housing Report January 2021

The Solano housing report 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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Solano County Housing Report December 2020

While properties continue to sell at a rapid pace (DOM is a low 32) we continue to see a very low inventory level. In fact, our inventory levels are nearly the lowest levels the market has ever seen.  Dating back to the beginning of the pandemic we have experienced a 50 to 60 percent drop in homes coming on as new listings. Looking at the chart below we can see that in December of 2019 485 new listings came on the market. In the same month this year, we see only 197 which is -59.4% less The sold properties look on the surface to be very strong with 294 homes sold in December 2019 and 371 homes sold in December 2020. That’s an increase of 26.2% year over year and more importantly nearly twice the number of homes that came available for sale. Each month since march of 2020 we continue to eat into the inventory creating a buyer demand which puts us in a very strong seller’s market.  

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New | 19698 Park Hill Rd. Hidden Valley Lake

Open the door and settle in – but feel like you’re always on vacation. This charming, fully-furnished home is tucked in the trees to provide privacy, but also has lovely views across the valley to the hills beyond.

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Active | 124 Oakmead Court Vacaville

Active | 124 Oakmead Court Vacaville Tri story level home that features a living room, dining room, and family room! Plenty of room throughout this home for all of our desires. As you walk up to the home you will notice a nice seating area out front.

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Sold | 506 Walnut Court, Vacaville

Sold: 506 Walnut Court, Vacaville is a meticulously maintained property – from the exterior landscape to the picture-perfect retro interior. The parcel’s shape allows for two separate yards: one with a large patio overhang, BBQ area (with electrical), a 700 SQFT area (perfect for a dog run or RV) and shed, and 4 fruit trees.

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Girl on the Hill

High atop Mount Vaca on the border of California’s Napa and Solano Counties, Denise Revel (aka Girl on the Hill) grows Malbec grapes and lavender at just under 3,000′, making it the highest elevation in Solano County.

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The Brass Tap

The Brass Tap Vacaville offers over 300 craft beers from around the globe in a neighborhood atmosphere that feels both relaxed and upscale.

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Merchant & Main Grill & Bar

Once a gathering spot for local folks, Merchant & Main has grown to become a destination for memorable food, exceptional wine and cocktails served in a casual, inviting atmosphere.

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