About Us

RareBird is a collection of boutique real estate companies founded by two native Oregonians with a passion for people and Portland.

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 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.


Katie Gray – Administrative Assistant

Katie’s experience and passion for History brings tremendous value to the team as our favorite properties to work with are close in historical neighborhoods. Katie also has extensive experience in property management and is able to translate this into amazing tenant relations.

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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Across all our businesses, our desire is to understand what our clients need and build solutions around that.

2

Communicate

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Setting proper expectations and transparency are the key principles that we operate by.

3

Follow Through

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We do what we say we’re going to do and follow through on expectations.

Meet the RareBird Team

RareBird Portland - Mike Nuss

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.

Katie Gray – Administrative Assistant

Katie’s experience and passion for History brings tremendous value to the team as our favorite properties to work with are close in historical neighborhoods. Katie also has extensive experience in property management and is able to translate this into amazing tenant relations.