About Us

Renters Outlet LLC was founded in 2011, when its Broker and owner Steve McFarlan, realized there was a need for a smaller and more personal residential property management company. After working many years for what Steve considers one of the biggest of the "big box" management companies, Steve decided that the time was right to start a new and more personal residential property management company.

Renters Outlet specializes in Twin Cities metro area, and all of our agents reside in Twin Cities and Surrounding Areas. We have little to no interest in becoming one of the Big Box management companies, as we are completely focused on providing the highest possible level of customer service to our clients.

Meet the Team


Steve has been married to his beautiful wife Pam for 47 years, and they claim ownership of 2 fantastic children; Megan and Matt, and 4 grandchildren; Liam, Lincoln, Leland, and Luca, in that order. Steve and Pam attend Hosanna Church in Lakeville, and enjoy spending as much time as possible with their grandsons. They enjoy spending quality time in a warmer climate during the Winter, and it seems every year there are a few more "old friends" for them to visit in Florida. They also enjoy our weekly walk around Cleary Lake in Prior Lake, and usually follow it up with a twist Dairy Queen cone.

Steve grew up in West Bloomington, and was a member of the first graduating class of Jefferson Senior High 1971. After high school he spent 2 years in the US Navy, where he learned how to chip paint with a pneumatic air gun, and of course prime with what was then known as "red lead", and then paint with a lovely shade of battleship gray. After his stint in southeast Asia, he attended Hennepin Technical Center in Eden Prairie to learn the printing trade. He spent the next 25 years in the printing industry, selling to many of the local Twin City ad agencies, and design groups. He obtained his Real Estate license in 2001, and started working part time - which was a fairly standard practice in the Real Estate industry.

In 2006, Steve started working with what is now one of the largest property management companies in the Twin Cities. He spent the next 5 years learning everything he could about the property management business, and in 2011 he and his son opened the doors to Renters Outlet. It's been one of the most difficult things he's ever done, and most recently he has worked really hard to build the very best team and now believes the company is ready to handle anything that comes our way!


Although Matt was born in Oregon, he was raised in the Apple Valley/Burnsville area. While working as a forklift driver in a warehouse, Matt got a phone call from his father asking him to consider getting his Real Estate licence and going into business with him. In 2009 Matt got his Real Estate license and joined Renters Outlet in 2011. He and his father started the company together in 2011 with only one client and about 10 properties. Needless to say, neither of them had quit their day jobs at this point! But, after several years of growth and lots of hard work, they turned the company into a thriving small business.

Additionally, in November 2019, Matt McFarlan and Ashlyn Becker, co-owners of Renters Outlet, LLC, teamed up with Minnesota's Fastest Growing brokerage, Realty Group, Inc., as the Alpine Realty Group. Together, Renters Outlet and Alpine Realty Group offer listing services, buyer representation and the full range of property management services. Matt enjoys working one one one with his clients to achieve their investment property goals.

When not working, Matt enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and 4 children. He loves travelling to the West coast, where he resided for a couple of years following high school, playing basketball, skiing, trying new restaurants and playing at Rockin' Jump with or without the kids! :-)

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Oscar Lemus Maintenance Supervisor

Oscar is the handiest of handymen! Prior to coming to Renters Outlet, Oscar worked for a large property management company in Burnsville, where he handled all things related to rental property turnovers. He also has many years experience as a General Manager in the quick service food industry and 15+ years in the Customer Service industry.

Oscar is our full time maintenance supervisor, and is responsible for the majority of our "handyman" repairs. In addition to a very long list of repairs that Oscar performs for us, he handles many of our appliance repairs - which will be a huge advantage for us to expedite our service as well as keeping these types of repairs within a specific budget. Oscar is also performing our twice annual property inspections (with photos), which our property owners have access to via their owner portal. Many of our owners have been asking for this service for the past several years, it's here now!

Don't be afraid to wave as you see Oscar driving around the Metro area in our wrapped van with his caricature on the side! Oscar enjoys camping, boating on Prior Lake and playing football with his family, and lives in Prior Lake with his wife and (3) children.