Gratitude is Good for Your Health

Did you know that expressing gratitude is good for your health? It really is! Studies conducted by researchers in the field of positive psychology have found that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. People who express gratitude feel more positive emotions, get greater enjoyment from good experiences, improve their health, cope better … Continued

Renting to Friends or Family

Thinking of renting one of your properties out to a friend or family member? The benefits are obvious… Helping out a friend or family member, already having a relationship with the person, and having a pretty good idea whether trust is a concern or not. Still, that can spell trouble. And the last thing anyone … Continued

Dealing with an Abandoned Home

Dealing with an abandoned home in your neighborhood? It can be frustrating. Not only do abandoned homes become an eye-sore in the community, but they also can attract squatters or unsavory characters to spend time in the neighborhood. But you’re just a member of the community — you’re not the owner of the home. Can … Continued

Save Money or Fix Your Home

Trying to decide between saving money and fixing your home? Maybe you want to save money for college or for buying your next house or just for building up that rainy day fund. Whatever the case, you’re not the only one who’s had to make that decision. At Stepladder Properties, we’ve worked with a lot … Continued

Home Buying Process

Buying a home? That’s an exciting time! But it can also be a little overwhelming. At Stepladder Properties, we’ve been working in real estate in the Miami Valley for quite some time and we thought it might be useful for us to share some of what we’ve learned over the years… …and give you some … Continued

Myths and Misconceptions

At Stepladder Properties, we’ve helped a lot of homeowners throughout the Miami Valley sell their homes easily, fast, and for a fair cash price. But unsurprisingly… We also get a lot of questions that seem to be fueled by common myths and misconceptions about selling a property to professional homebuyers. So we thought we’d take … Continued

Signs it’s a Good Time to Sell

Is it a good time to sell your home? There are a lot of different factors that go into selling a home. Can you find a good real estate agent? Is the market advantageous right now? Can you afford the costs of selling a home? Has your home become more than you can handle (too … Continued

Moving to a New City

Planning to move to a new city but not sure if it’s going to be a fit for you and/or your family? It can be really challenging to move sight unseen — it’s in the real estate agent’s best interest to convince you to move and buy a house… so they’re going to make everything … Continued

Should You List on the MLS?

Wanting to sell your home without a real estate agent? By doing so, you’ll avoid a lot of extra fees — you’ll also have the freedom to do things on your terms – market, show, and sell your home to the right buyer for the right price. A lot of autonomy comes with listing a … Continued

How to Save on Your Electric Bill

For many homeowners in the Miami Valley, the electrical bill is a sizable portion of their monthly expenses. But with just a little bit of effort and forethought, anyone can reduce their power bill. At Stepladder Properties, we’ve worked in real estate in the Miami Valley for quite some time. And we’ve learned a lot … Continued

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage?

Refinancing your mortgage is a great way to benefit from the equity you’ve built and lower your monthly payment. But there are also some drawbacks. At Stepladder Properties, we’ve worked in real estate in the Miami Valley for quite some time. And we’ve learned a thing or two about buying, selling, and yes… even refinancing … Continued

Moving Closer to Family

Considering moving closer to family? At Stepladder Properties, we’ve worked with a lot of homeowners throughout the Miami Valley who sought to relocate in order to be closer to family. And we get it. Family is important. There are a lot of reasons someone might want to move closer to family — help with raising … Continued

Tips for Working with Contractors

Working with contractors to repair your home should be easy. But it often isn’t. How does one find the best contractors for the job without breaking the bank? What is the best method of communication with the contractors so everything goes smoothly? How do you find contractors that you can trust? At Stepladder Properties, we’ve … Continued

Thinking of Selling Your House to a Family Member?

Thinking of selling your house to a family member? There are a few things you need to take into consideration before making this decision. Selling your home to a family member can be a great way to keep the property in the family, but it’s not always the best financial (or relational) decision. Here are … Continued

What Type of Flooring to Install

Installing new floors? Trying to decide which TYPE of floors to install? At Stepladder Properties, we’ve worked in real estate for quite some time. And naturally, we’ve had to make all sorts of decisions about properties… INCLUDING what types of floors to install to fit both budget and aesthetic. Since there are a lot of … Continued