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

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STEVE MCFARLAN Owner | Broker

Steve grew up in West Bloomington, and was a member of the first graduating class of Jefferson Senior High 1971. After high school Steve attended Hennepin Technical Center in Eden Prairie, and spent the next 25 years selling for the printing industry to advertising agencies and corporate clients. In 2001 Steve obtained his real estate license, and started out with one of the largest brokerages in the Twin Cities area.

Steve has been married to his beautiful wife Pam for 40 years, has 2 children; Megan and Matt, and 4 grandchildren; Liam, Lincoln, Leland, and Luca. Steve and his entire family attend Christ Presbyterian Church, and enjoy spending as much time together as possible.

In 2006 by accident, Steve met the owner of what is now the 2nd largest property management company in the Twin Cities, and was hired as his very first agent. The next 6 years were spent learning every aspect of the leasing and property management business.

In 2011 Steve decided that there was a need for a smaller property management company, that could provide more personal customer service, and worked exclusively in Twin Cities and Surrounding Areas. With that objective, a company called Renters Outlet, LLC was formed.

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MATT MCFARLAN Owner

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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ASHLYN BECKER Owner

After nearly 20 years in the corporate world, and over 10+ years investing in residential Real Estate with my husband, I decided to start a new business venture, and partner with our property management company, Renters Outlet. 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.

As a real estate agent & property manager, I provide a high level of customer service, integrity, and professionalism to help clients meet their real estate needs. With many years of experience on the agency side in digital marketing and advertising, I understand how technology is changing the real estate industry, and the value it brings to significantly improve the experience for home buyers and sellers!

I have lived in Lakeville for the past 13 years with my husband and 2 children. We enjoy our Minnesota summers on the lake, around the fire and on the bike trails. During the Winter, we enjoy snow skiing, kids sporting events, and cheering on our Missouri Tiger Football team (always the underdog)!

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SHERLYN TONGE Office Manager

Sherlyn Tonge is our new Office Manager, and will be managing accounts payable, lease renewals, tenant applications and day to day communication with tenants and owners. She is also our Director of First Impressions as she will be the voice on the other end of the phone as well as the friendly face you see as you enter our office. Sherlyn has over 15 years’ experience in customer service as well as 3+ years in the property managment/real estate industry. Sherlyn lives in Lakeville with her husband and (2) daughters. She enjoys attending her daughter's piano concerts, swimming and our Minnesota summers in the sun.