Our Services

It isn’t always business as usual here at The Elite Partners. We are continuously questioning the industry norms and pushing the boundaries on every project we work on, we strive to set ourselves apart from your typical commercial real estate company.

We approach each commercial real estate investment differently – working diligently to ensure that each property has its own unique personality and purpose. Join us on our journey as we use our singular and customized approach.

Leasing Services

Whether you own and manage rental property or you are a tenant looking for commercial space we have been highly successful at helping our Clients by working relentlessly for them until they have secured the appropriate outcome

The Landlord Scenario
As the owner of a commercial property, you are likely to want to achieve a specific minimum CAP Rate on your investment each year. This requires that you maintain a full rent roll of happy tenants.

Most owners are not in a position to invest the time and effort in advertising their building’s vacant space in addition to screening, vetting and negotiating with the prospective tenants. This is where owners learn to rely on their Commercial Real Estate advisors.

The Tenant Scenario
As the owner, executive or manager of a business you know that it is vitally important to have the appropriately sized space in the ideal location.

There are a wide range of reasons that a business seeks a new space: growth, expansion, right-sizing, securing an even better location.

The challenges that can come up are usually related to: not starting the search for a new space far enough in advance; not knowing what landlords need to see from prospective tenants; not having a real estate professional engaged to negotiate with the landlord on your behalf; not knowing about which properties are available but are not being advertised through the main commercial MLS site(s).

Our Approach
We are here to help you get into the space that you need next for your organization. Whether you are highly experienced at selecting new commercial spaces to lease, or whether this is your first time through this process, we are here to work closely with you and to get the job done.

We have been highly successful at helping our Clients by working relentlessly for them until they have secured the appropriate space and taken occupancy.
We get it – we know that this is not a throw-away To Do item for you. This is always Mission Critical. We rise to the occasion and help to take the worst of the stress out of the process, and usually we even help to bring some enjoyment to it all.

Commercial Purchases

New Acquisition Scenario
Completing the initial acquisition for your new Commercial Real Estate portfolio requires the same focus and attention to detail as does the routine adding of the latest property in a long line of acquisitions for a substantial and diversified portfolio.

Every geographic market has different strengths and trends, so the Returns On Investment vary according to the property sub-type, size and condition.

1031 Exchange Trade-Up Scenario
Unless you are in the process of liquidating your entire Commercial Real Estate portfolio at the end of a long and successful investing career, then the selling of one property in your portfolio usually triggers the need to find a new property to purchase under a 1031 Exchange process.

Many Clients routinely take these steps as they trade-up from one size and value of property to the next larger size and value of property, as part of a strategy to anchor and balance their portfolio.

We believe in helping you to identify the optimal markets and property sub-types to be in for your portfolio and geography.   We then help you to target the size and value of property that will provide the appropriate CAP Rate and Capital Gains potential. 

Our Approach
We believe in helping you to identify the optimal markets and property sub-types to be in for your portfolio and geography. We then help you to target the size and value of property that will provide the appropriate CAP Rate and Capital Gains potential.

Business Opportunities

We pull together the best team for your situation.    We ensure that you engage the appropriate professionals of your choice for valuation, mergers and acquisition legal counsel, CPA and tax attorney. We then market your business, and any Real Estate properties involved, attract the best suitors and negotiate the best value possible.

The Business Scenario
Maybe you have spent a handful of years creating a successful new business. Maybe you have labored over many decades to shepherd an existing multi-generational business into being an even more attractive asset. Maybe your situation is somewhere in between.

Regardless, there comes a time for many business owners, when they look to pass the baton to a new owner. Maybe they are seeking to retire, maybe they are seeking a new challenge, or maybe they are freeing up financial resources to back a vital new project.

The Property Scenario
You have chosen to sell your business, and you also own the Real Estate (one or more properties) that the business operates out of. You now face a choice: do you keep the Real Estate in your portfolio or do you sell it with the business?

Our Approach
We pull together the best team for your situation. We ensure that you engage the appropriate professionals of your choice for valuation, mergers and acquisition legal counsel, CPA and tax attorney. We then market your business, and any Real Estate properties involved, attract the best suitors and negotiate the best value possible.

Business Purchase Scenario
Many people who have been financially successful in their large corporate careers, or those who have been successful in their investments, want to acquire a business to run for the next phase of their life.

Some look to acquire an existing, stable and highly systematized business that they can run and grow. Others look to acquire a struggling business that they can turn around and revitalize, all while adding significant value to the asset.

As businesses grow and expand, often it makes strategic sense to grow via acquisition in addition to pursuing organic growth. When this is the case, Companies seek to acquire strategically relevant businesses within specific targeted geographies.

Our Approach
We work to understand your needs and then screen the appropriate geographic market for available, as well as off-market, businesses. We then help you to assemble the team of professionals that you need in order to be able to properly investigate the most attractive candidates. Then we negotiate for you to secure the best price possible on the business that you want to acquire.

Luxury Property Sales

Successful business owners and Commercial Real Estate investors know quality and at some point choose to change or upgrade their own single family residence.

This is when the Client asks us to handle the sale of their own residence, or else the sale of a high end single family residence or condo that they have in their portfolio. Clients know that high end properties require a different marketing approach when compared to the standard residential market.

A relatively new segment of investment real estate has developed in the last few years, that of Luxury Vacation Rentals. Properly executed, the Returns On Investment have been impressive in this segment. Yet, in time, every portfolio gets re-balanced or liquidated. This requires that the property be marketed in a very specific manner, in order to attract the type of buyer that will use it as a personal residence or else who will continue to use it as an attractive asset that generates an above average Return On Investment for them.

Our Approach
We have significant knowledge and experience of the Luxury Residential space, whether on the investment side or the personal residence side. We know exactly how to stage and position the property for maximum visual and emotional effect.

Luxury Property Purchase

Scenario One
The list of possible reasons for buying a Luxury Residence is almost as long as the shopping list at Thanksgiving. Sometimes the new purchase is to be your primary residence, sometimes it is to be a “secondary” residence. Whether it is actually residence #2 or actually residence #8 is your business, and we are here to help ensure that you find and secure the right one for you.

Scenario Two
Investors are often drawn to the Luxury Residence market to park their capital and take advantage of potential long term Capital Gains, or else to earn attractive annual Returns On Investment in addition to the potential long term Capital Gain upside.

Both scenarios are slightly different, and require a different analysis and screening of the market, in addition to selecting different types of properties.

Our Approach
We have extensive understanding of the drivers of these market segments, and of the necessary nuances within the property selection criteria.

Case Studies

Case Studies

Our work covers a diverse landscape, including residential, hospitality, tech and fashion, from all over California.

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Who We Are

The Elite Partners Commercial Partnership is led by Managing Partners Don McDonald, Donovan Schemke and Denise Kilker. Powered by an industry leading global real estate services company with more than 130,000 skilled professionals operating in 110+ countries. RE/MAX Commercial and The Elite Partners provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide.

Services include strategic advice and execution for property sales, leasing and finance; global corporate solutions; property, facility and project management; workplace solutions; appraisal, valuation and tax consulting; customized research; and thought leadership consulting.

Why Us?

The Elite Partners, recently highlighted as one of RE/MAX’s top commercial teams nationally, is focused exclusively on Commercial Real Estate, Vineyard Estates/Wineries, Luxury Properties and includes Business Sales.

RE/MAX Commercial closes more than $11.1 Billion in total commercial volume from over 25,000 transactions annually.*

What does this mean for you? A better way in Commercial Real Estate. Tell us what you need, and we’ll get it done. With a more than 40-year track record of professionalism and customer focus, we understand the long-term value of every transaction, large or small. Work with us once and you’ll realize the competitive advantages we bring to the table.

Don & Donovan Managing Partners

The Elite Managing Partners pictured left to right: Don McDonald CEO and Founding Partner, Donovan Schemke President and Founding Partner

Managing Partners

The Elite Partners Commercial powered by RE/MAX Gold was founded on the idea that the commercial real estate industry needed an overhaul. We were tired of seeing clients get pushed to the back burner by large firms that are more worried about getting listings than getting rid of their listings. With The Elite Partners, we make sure to put our client’s name before the name on our letterhead, and having us in your corner means having a team of dedicated individuals who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get the job done.

And we’re not here to just make big promises – our work speaks for itself. Our results driven approach ensures that you’re getting high quality service without sacrificing your time or money. That’s why we offer free, no-obligation property analyses and don’t force retainer fees on our clients. Our combination of research, analytics, top of the line innovative marketing and one-on-one customer service allows us to tailor our strategies to fit your needs, not the other way around. We pride ourselves on being strategic planners and asset managers, and strive to deliver the best return from all available investment options. Don’t believe us? Hear it straight from our clients or flip through our portfolio to see for yourself.

Long story short: we’ve worked with the big guys, and while we learned a lot from them, we don’t want to be like them. Don’t get lost in the corporate shuffle. Experience the ELITE difference.

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. 

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“The Elite Partners are the best team I have ever worked with. They are all about integrity and doing the right thing for their clients. I Highly recommend them for any of your real estate investment needs for both commercial and residential properties! The Team has amazing marketing ideas and is always thinking outside the box for me!! Thank you!!”
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“I am so grateful to all of you for your contributions in creating this awesome marketing prospectus. You have covered every detail a sophisticated buyer would want to know and more”
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“The BEST Real Estate Team Ever! They listed my property and meant business! Went Pending in 5 days, above the listing price”
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“The level of professionalism working with The Elite Partners is unmatched. No detail is too small and they genuinely care about their clients. I recommend them highly. True professionals!”

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