About Us

Our story began over 15 years ago...

In the heat of the housing boom that began in 1995, Ross Lumley was instructed by his best friend’s “Rich Dad” to pursue real estate as his means to financial success.  In typical nature, Ross dove in head first.  Becoming a real estate agent at the age of 19 with Coldwell Banker, he quickly found his love for building new construction alongside of the sales component.  Being able to see the beginning and end results was rewarding, and he was eager to learn and inquire about anything on the jobsite from the superiors.  Within a few years at the young age of 22, he was running his own successful construction company with over 20 employees within multiple divisions.  However, keeping his eye on the market, he noticed a new niche that seemed more desirable than new construction single family homes.  As he researched further, he decided to make a wholesale change into buying, renovating, and holding multi-family units.  When the housing market started to crash in 2006, this served him well and the company has expanded and grown quickly ever since.

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In 2011, Ross Lumley joined Heather Harnell to create The Stepping Stone Group with a passion to change the industry standard in property management for the 2-4 unit size properties.  Both partners had experienced unprofessional and unethical practices from previous landlords and decided the best way to impact the market was to implement what they saw missing into their own portfolio of investment properties.  They downsized the construction divisions to focus mainly on internal projects and tenant maintenance requests, while Ross continued helping his real estate clients look to buy or sell a property.

Today, The Stepping Stone Group has a team of 8 individuals that are determined more than ever to continue this philosophy.  With four diverse divisions to help customers with their next step in real estate, whether renting a home, buying or selling a home, renovating a home, or pursuing real estate as an investment strategy, The Stepping Stone Group has the expertise to guide its customers to that next desired stage.

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