About Us

RareBird Investor Network is Portland’s most active real estate investment club.
Our meetings discuss tools, strategies, best practices, and current events in our local market.

Our Story

Together, Tyler and Mike have completed over 80 real estate investment projects since 2009. Their business model has expanded from flips, to historic renovations, to land development and new construction, to holding and renting iconic multifamily.

In 2014, they launched the RareBird Investor Network to change the way people think and interact around real estate investment. RBIN has developed beyond a series of educational opportunities and now stands apart as an elite group of entrepreneurs that embrace the following core values:


Leaders – We bravely seize opportunity and dare to do things differently.

Listeners – We practice agenda-free listening.

Creators – We solve instead of sell.

Educators – We teach and empower openly and honestly.

Givers – We exceed expectations and deliver with generosity.

Our promise to you:

Thanks to our membership, every single meeting will be educational, interactive and collaborative:



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Our topics are focused on local issues and tangible steps to success. Our meetings take an engaging approach, where questions are welcome.



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Our members embrace an honest and open approach to business. We swap real estate tips and ideas with a generous mindset.



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This is a network of active investors who exchange information, property leads and contacts to help each other reach new levels of success.

Meet the RareBird Staff

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 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 – 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.

Kasey Gaerisch – Property Management Coordinator

Kasey Gaerisch, a native Oregonian, joined the team as the dedicated property management coordinator for the RareBird portfolio. In her free time, Kasey enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and pup.

Go ahead, ask us anything.

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