Cell: (314) 858-6034

lori@outofthebox.properties

Lori Sharpsteen

Lori Sharpsteen epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. Lori tailors her service to meet each client's specific needs, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transaction. She knows each person, each property, each transaction is unique-and deserves a plan that is custom tailored for success.


Before becoming a Realtor, Lori spent over 15 years in the Home Improvement Industry, managing stores and staff for several Fortune 40 Home Improvement Companies. Those years of working with home owners and home seekers, as well as realtors, home builders and other industry professionals gives her a unique perspective and skill set that her clients find very valuable!


Lori is able to take advantage of decades of experience in marketing, contract negotiation, financial options problem-solving, vendor relations, appraisals and so much more to bring your dreams of home ownership to life. She takes advantage of cutting edge technology and ongoing training to stay at the forefront of the industry, to be able to best serve her clients.

To aid in her mission to create smooth closings while saving her client's time, trouble and stress, she has developed a network of lenders, attorneys, inspectors, contractors and others who can be relied upon to serve her clients well!


When not serving client's Lori enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters and their families. She also enjoys exploring St Louis. You might see her at art galleries, festivals, theater productions, or working from local coffee shops and restaurants. She also enjoys traveling and exploring the world at large.

When you're seeking an agent who will put your goals first, call Lori Sharpsteen.

Cell: (636) 362-6068

nicki@outofthebox.properties

Nicki Scheerer

Nicki Scheerer brings a lot to the table with Out of the Box Properties. She has a natural talent for design and a vast knowledge of homes and their mechanics. With her in-depth knowledge of construction, design, and decoration she decided to become a REALTOR in 2020 to join forces with her mom, Lori Sharpsteen. Together they created Out of the Box Properties to better serve their community. She focuses on unconventional housing such as container homes, tiny homes, repurposing buildings, and restorations. In 2020, she became a GREEN Designated REALTOR because she wanted to take her knowledge of sustainable home systems and apply it towards the local housing market.


Nicki was literally born into renovations and lived through many growing up so her experience with construction is very personal. She went to college to pursue a degree in the arts but decided to change paths part of the way through and focused on landscape design. She has worked for a local landscaping company since 2016 designing small to large installations and focuses on sustainable design.


When she isn’t working, she is daydreaming about building a container Victorian home and traveling with her family in a custom Skoolie. She loves spending time with her two kids, enjoying nature wherever and whenever they can. She enjoys going to art and culture events and travels when she can get away.

Cell: (636) 465-9552

julie@outofthebox.properties

Julie Herzing

Julie’s passion for supporting and coordinating has landed her the prestigious role of Adulting 101 administrator. Making connections and ensuring our members are supported and connected to resources are her primary focus. In addition to this role, Julie is a wife, mom of two boys (and two pups), licensed realtor and transformational life coach. Her passion is thinking outside of the box to find solutions and provide clarity when needed. This makes her a perfect fit as part of the Out of the Box team.


Cell: (314) 951-8519

austin@outofthebox.properties

Austin Gray

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Austin has kept making his way west until landing in St. Louis, MO where he found a deep love for this city in 2015.

High energy, upbeat, and optimistic are 3 words you can use to describe Austin; and this can been seen when he is with his clients. Whether it is the hard conversations that needs to be had, or the celebration of closing a property, the client comes first. His background in Human Resources has allowed him to work with all types of clients to help them achieve their real estate dreams.

During his downtime, Austin loves going for runs on different trails or in his neighborhood, teaching spin classes, cooking, and reading. He loves getting to spend time with his partner and their dog, traveling, binging Netflix, or just meeting up with good people for a happy hour.


Cell: (314) 996-9913

brittney@outofthebox.properties

Brittney Swaller

When St. Louis residents want to bring their dreams of homeownership to life, they know they can call on Brittney Swaller. Working with the creative Out of the Box Properties team, powered by Fathom Realty. Brittney has mastered the art of providing exceptional customer service and focuses on client satisfaction. Her attention to detail along with her knowledge has helped her gain respect and trust from her clients. In short, Brittney has the expertise and motivation necessary to put you in the elegant home you’ve always wanted.


Thanks to her warm demeanor, natural business acumen, and gift for entrepreneurship, Brittney has become an integral part of the St. Louis community. Her ability to successfully negotiate complex business deals has made her a favorite of clients, while her tech savvy approach has earned her a reputation as one of the most forward thinkers in her industry. But above all, Brittney is driven by a genuine desire to exceed clients’ expectations. Realty is her dream career, and nothing makes her happier than putting clients in the perfect residence to create a lifetime of memories.


Brittney prides herself on putting her clients into exclusive properties filled with possibilities. She takes a keen interest in every client, matching their personality, tastes, and lifestyle with the ideal home. When you’re ready to elevate your living situation, look no further than Brittney Swaller.


Outside of her career in real estate, Brittney is a dedicated philanthropist and prominent socialite. She is the founder of the Saint Louis Women of Influence Network Group, which promotes and encourages local women with the support they need to make a positive impact on their local business community. Brittney is a vibrant personality with a genuine desire to make her city a better place, and she looks forward to continuing her work for years to come.


Cell: (314) 580-7445

phil@outofthebox.properties

Phil Gawlak

Native to St. Louis, Phil has enjoyed the best this city has to offer. He knows the neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, parks, and all the shopping that St Louis is known for. If you are buying, selling or investing; Phil backed by the Out of the Box Team has the experience and resources to help you reach your real estate goals. His approach is simple; he listens to his clients and uses plain language that is easy to understand. Phil is also a NASM certified trainer and loves to educate people about the importance of nutrition and proper exercise.


When he is not working you'll find him biking or hiking at one of the many parks or traveling, most often to Colorado. He spends countless hours with his Westie pup and enjoys watching the St. Louis Blues win their next hockey game.



Cell: (314) 952-3809

laura@outofthebox.properties

Laura Alter

There are custom builders and then there is Laura Alter. She has built custom luxury homes by hand; choosing the layout, sourcing materials and even building the retaining walls. Her passion for fully customized luxury homes shines through in her completed projects.


Laura brings that same creativity and hard work when helping her buyers and sellers. She is committed to achieving the goals of her clients by clearly communicating and working with a great group of partners to get her clients to the closing table.


When she isn't swinging hammers you can find her swinging golf clubs at the golf course. She also spends her time enjoying the outdoors and relaxing with her Chihuahua and Doberman fur babies.