About Us

We’re a boutique investment company founded by two native Oregonians
with a passion for people and Portland real estate.

Our promise to you:

We will take the time to understand your situation, transparently discuss your options, and deliver on every expectation we set.

1

Listen

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Every property transaction is different, especially when it comes to the people and their unique situations. It’s our desire to understand what you need and build a solution around that.

2

Communicate

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Setting proper expectations and transparency are the key principles that we operate by. Our clients stay informed and are involved in each step along the way in the process.

3

Follow Through

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We do what we say we’re going to do and follow through with the expectations the have been agreed upon.

Meet the RareBird Team

Mike Nuss – Founder

Having a background as a licensed appraiser for the last 18 years, Mike Nuss is a recognized expert in finding and predicting future value in properties of all types. His association as principal in RareBird for the past four years includes the development of a strategy for real estate acquisition, consulting, and structuring financing for the company’s portfolio of properties.

He studied both real estate and economic trends throughout his career. Now, his familiarity with the Portland market has allowed him to create an ideal platform and model for RareBird Investments. An investor in addition to his career in appraisals, he looks at each project through a unique lens.

He enjoys golf, basketball, and spending time with his family.

Tyler Combs – Founder

With a decade-long background in education, Tyler Combs founded RareBird in 2009 to solve difficult problems and create new paradigms in Portland. With an analytical approach to real estate steeped in a philosophical goal to improve the quality of housing throughout the Metropolitan Portland area, he has succeeded in mastering the puzzle of redevelopment through an approach of integrity and honesty.

Originally from Portland, Tyler’s involvement in the community extends beyond his role with RareBird and as a licensed real estate broker. He has led youth soccer clinics in Oregon as well as Uganda and Kenya and also serves on the Union Gospel Mission Board of Directors. He enjoys writing, design, tech, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

Tyler is a principal broker for RareBird Real Estate.


Sonia Houston – Operations Manager

Sonia is no stranger to the real estate industry. She has managed teams in escrow and commercial real estate to move transactions smoothly across the finish line. She is a customer service expert, and at RareBird, she is dedicated to ensuring every member has a truly amazing experience.


Lindsay Black – Office Coordinator

Lindsay grew up with family in property management and investing. She has a background in customer service and values making a lasting impression on clients. She is committed to RareBird’s office running smoothly and empowering the team to perform at their best.


Elisabeth Rice – Property Manager

Elisabeth Rice is a dedicated property manager for the RareBird portfolio and has more than ten years experience in residential and commercial management. She shares the values of RareBird and focuses on listening to tenant’s issues and solving as quickly as possible. Originally from Alabama, Elisabeth came to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon, where she received her degree in Journalism and Communication. Her passions include her family, coaching soccer, teaching Sunday School and playing in a handbell choir.

Meet the RareBird Team

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Mike Nuss – Founder

Having a background as a licensed appraiser for the last 18 years, Mike Nuss is a recognized expert in finding and predicting future value in properties of all types. His association as principal in RareBird for the past four years includes the development of a strategy for real estate acquisition, consulting, and structuring financing for the company’s portfolio of properties.

He studied both real estate and economic trends throughout his career. Now, his familiarity with the Portland market has allowed him to create an ideal platform and model for RareBird Investments. An investor in addition to his career in appraisals, he looks at each project through a unique lens.

He enjoys golf, basketball, and spending time with his family.

Tyler Combs – Founder

With a decade-long background in education, Tyler Combs founded RareBird in 2009 to solve difficult problems and create new paradigms in Portland. With an analytical approach to real estate steeped in a philosophical goal to improve the quality of housing throughout the Metropolitan Portland area, he has succeeded in mastering the puzzle of redevelopment through an approach of integrity and honesty.

Originally from Portland, Tyler’s involvement in the community extends beyond his role with RareBird and as a licensed real estate broker. He has led youth soccer clinics in Oregon as well as Uganda and Kenya and also serves on the Union Gospel Mission Board of Directors. He enjoys writing, design, tech, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

Tyler is a broker with Premiere Property Group, LLC

Josh HackBarth – Construction Manager

Josh has worked in and around the construction industry for the past decade. His experience of leading teams as a General Contractor and ability to think outside the box provides him the resourcefulness to execute the most creative visions. He manages a team of experienced professionals to complete jobs on time and within budget.

Gina Steenson – Accountant

Gina brings a wide array of financial expertise to RareBird to ensure that we are operating efficiently and smoothly. Her impeccable attention to detail allows the rest of the team to focus on the strategic goals in front of them.

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