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

Mike has an unrivaled passion for Portland real estate. Having a background as a licensed appraiser for the last 20+ years, Mike Nuss is a recognized expert in valuing, negotiating and expanding Portland properties.

He studied both real estate and economic trends throughout his career. Now, his familiarity with the Portland market gives him a strong and confident voice for his Monthly Market Update. As an investor appraiser and property manager, he looks at the industry through a uniquely comprehensive lens.

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

Tyler Combs – Founder

Tyler geeks out on business management, deal structure, and creative financing, and has raised millions of dollars of acquisition capital 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.

Tyler is a principal broker at Rarebird Real Estate.

Sonia Houston – Director of Operations

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.

Sonia enjoys gardening, cooking, live music, and hiking.

Daniel Vasquez – Acquisitions Agent

Daniel brings 10 years of real estate experience to Rarebird. He started in sales in 2009 before moving to acquisitions a few years later where he sourced over one hundred properties for a large real estate investment firm in Southern California. In 2017, he made his move to Oregon in search of a better quality of life, and, in all honesty, he chased a girl who lived up here whom he later married. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and has completed a certificate program in real estate finance, investments, and development. Daniel also holds real estate licenses in both California and Oregon.

In his spare time, he likes to play soccer, surf, snowboard, practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and fish. Daniel and his wife Racheal spend most of their time fixing up their old 1926 Irvington home that needs some TLC. Currently, the most exciting thing in his life is the recent installation of the kitchen sink, which means no more dishes in the bathtub.

Eric Guess – Business Development

Eric is happiest when he’s solving problems! Whether it’s a question about a lease, setting up a home theater system, or even network connectivity issues, he is the go-to guy. After attending UC Davis, Eric worked in commercial property management across the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Portland to get more sunshine.

Eric’s interests have truly taken him to the edges of the world, including spending 6 months in Antarctica! In his spare time he likes to work on old cars, visit the newest craft brewery in town, and enjoy a cup of black coffee with a book on the patio.

Haley Finnegan – Marketing Coordinator

With her background in the art world, Haley brings a keen eye for design and panache for creativity to Rarebird. Her favorite things include the Oxford comma, Pantone colors, Avenir, and crafting community experiences and events. A proud perfectionist, Haley loves helping Rarebird share their brand and put their best foot forward!

When not at the office, she can be found on her yoga mat, drinking craft beer, hiking, and spending time with her husband and three very spoiled cats.

Andrew Shipley – Maintenance Supervisor

Andrew is your all-around reliable, down to earth maintenance guy. His natural desire to improve his environment led him to begin fixing up properties where he lived before becoming a professional maintenance technician. Andrew brings to RareBird Property Management a commitment to teamwork and collective success making sure all our residents feel at home.

In his free time, Andrew likes to homebrew, cycle, and hike. A Timbers fan, he tries to get to as many games as he can!

Rebecca Kennedy – Office Coordinator

As Office Coordinator, Rebecca does more than just manage appointments, field phone calls, and keep the office stocked with tasty treats. She wears all the hats, jumping in whenever necessary to help the team create solutions, accomplish goals, meet deadlines, and keep business running smoothly.

Outside the office, Rebecca enjoys exploring new places, trying new recipes, and working on her first children’s book.

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

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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 Principal Broker at 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.

Eric Guess – Assistant Property Manager

Eric is happiest when he’s solving problems! Whether it’s a question about a lease, setting up a home theater system, or even network connectivity issues, he is the go-to guy. After attending UC Davis, Eric worked in commercial property management across the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Portland to get more sunshine.

Eric’s interests have truly taken him to the edges of the world, including spending 6 months in Antarctica! In his spare time he likes to work on old cars, visit the newest craft brewery in town, and enjoy a cup of black coffee with a book on the patio.

Haley Finnegan – Marketing Coordinator

With her background in the art world, Haley brings a keen eye for design and panache for creativity to RareBird. Her favorite things include the Oxford comma, Pantone colors, Avenir, and using InDesign. A proud perfectionist, Haley loves helping RareBird share their story and put their best foot forward!

When not at the office, she can be found on her yoga mat, drinking craft beer, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two very fat cats.

Andrew Shipley – Maintenance Technician

Andrew is your all-around reliable, down to earth maintenance guy. His natural desire to improve his environment led him to begin fixing up properties where he lived before becoming a professional maintenance technician. Andrew brings to RareBird Property Management a commitment to teamwork and collective success making sure all our residents feel at home.

In his free time, Andrew likes to homebrew, cycle, and hike. A Timbers fan, he tries to get to as many games as he can!