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Slaten Bickford •

Slaten began flipping houses in 2011. He got his broker’s license in 2016 and specializes in working with investors like himself, while focusing his retail business on physicians (like his wife) and on the West Hills, where he lives.

Previously, Slaten worked as an insurance consultant, helping businesses and communities rebuild after disasters. He lived in post-Katrina New Orleans from 2006-2010 and spent 2010 working on the Haitian earthquake recovery.

Slaten graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1999 and also worked in finance in NYC, a dot com in SF, and briefly taught English in the Canary Islands. He is an avid runner and cyclist, plays ice hockey, and is looking forward to teaching his two kids how to ski before their mother gets them on snowboards.

Randy Johnston • 

Randy grew up in the military traveling around the world with his father, and enjoyed it so much that he joined the Air Force as well so he could see even more. After his discharge from the service in 1981, he, along with his wife, continued their exploration of other cultures with a 5 month long journey through many European, Middle Eastern and Asian countries, before settling down in Southern California.

He moved to Portland in early 2005 and eventually ventured into real estate investing with the purchase of a couple of income properties. His first experience with flipping and land development, increased his passion for real estate and grew to a point where he decided to get his real estate license.

As a licensed broker, he works hard for his clients and ensures that they understand the ins and outs of buying and selling their homes.

Tyler Combs •

12080106_1060352890641424_1352929885321298452_o-1-227x300 Tyler has been involved in Real Estate since 2009 and became a Real Estate agent in 2013. 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 wife and two daughters. He studied English communications and psychology at Corban College.

James Laster •

James is a real estate investor and a licensed real estate broker. His experience in real estate began in 2007 when he acquired his first rental property. He is grateful for the opportunity to do what he loves. Born and raised in Portland, James has genuine interest in the culture and happenings of the city. He and his wife stay active in the church community, and enjoy the many wonderful outdoor activities and cuisines that the pacific NW has to offer.

James has a sincere interest in meeting people, and enjoys hearing about their various backgrounds. He also believes that each property is unique, because of the people and stories behind them. Listening to these stories helps him to tailor his work to each individual’s unique real estate needs.


John Sheldon •

John has always loved the world of real estate. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, he partnered with his entrepreneurial father for 14 years, closely observing how his dad would buy and sell businesses, but always keep the real estate. Whether it was commercial or residential, John learned that success from investing in real estate took managing risks, continuing education, and insightful analysis.

After moving to Portland and working in the high tech industry, John began to invest in cash-flow properties as a way to build residual and retirement income, ultimately being the principal in over a hundred local transactions. Because of his desire to help others with the knowledge and experience he had accumulated as an investor, John became a licensed broker to serve others.

With his expansive knowledge of the Portland market, his experience as an investor, and what he learned about balancing work and play while building a successful investment business, John brings talent, a unique perspective, and a network of support to each real estate transaction.


Corey Westermann •

Corey is a Portland native and an active real estate investor. He graduated with honors from Oregon State University with a focus on both Engineering and Business. His schooling, and years spent working as an engineer in land development and site design offer a unique perspective on our real estate market.

He is a resourceful, driven, and detail oriented agent. His focus is on investment real estate including: rentals, flips, distressed properties, locating & analyzing opportunities, rehabs, and creative financing.

Corey is also a member of the RMLS, EMAR, NAR, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.


Lucas Bennett •

Originally from the East Coast, Lucas spent most of his young adult life working and living in Shanghai, China where he studied the language and sharpened his business acumen. After moving to the Portland to be closer to family and friends, he began investing in Real Estate, focusing on value-add properties in developing neighborhoods.

After receiving his Oregon Real Estate Broker’s license, Lucas joined the RareBird team in 2015. With his passion for business and hands-on approach Lucas has begun to build a strong portfolio of investment properties, and an even stronger network of investors and friends in the PNW.

When not out hunting for the next deal, Lucas enjoys soccer, practicing his Mandarin, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.


Dustin Miller •

 Born and raised in Portland, Dustin is well versed in the up and coming PDX neighborhoods. Over the past 10 years, he has gained extensive experience in the new home construction and remodeling industry. He has a great understanding of what makes a quality home. Dustin has worked behind the scenes on interior concepts and design for award winning Street of Dream homes.

Dustin is dedicated to his clients and is quick to respond to any request. His problem solving and strong negotiation skills are essential to ensuring the best deals. His passion for real estate shines through his vibrant personality and honesty. This gives his clients confidence through the home buying process.

In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering at local charity organizations and events. He is a marathon runner who loves to compete. Surfing the Oregon coast or snowboarding on Mt Hood is where you can catch him in his spare time.