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How quickly could you reach financial independence, if you could live on half your income and invest the rest? When would you be able to retire, with that change in the math? Probably within five years, and almost certainly under ten. Remember, financial...read more
It’s hard being a single parent. You’re constantly triaging all the demands on your time. You have a full-time job, full-time parenting responsibilities, and of course you have to manage a household entirely on your own. And that’s before you even think about...read more
Want a few quick ways to boost your rental property’s value? Or, for that matter, your home’s value? Pricing in real estate has little to do with what you paid for the property, or how much you spent improving it. Real estate values and rents are based on one...read more
Imagine what your life would look like with no rent or mortgage payment. A smile-worthy thought, eh? Especially given that 11 million Americans spend half (!) of their income on rent. Among homeowners, a shocking number spend a full third of their income on...read more
At first I was afraid. I was petrified. That was me at 23, when it came to real estate investing. I was interested in it, and saw everyone around me achieving success with it. But I waited on the sidelines. By 25, I was still clueless, but now I was cocky,...read more
I cringe every time I hear a new rental investor say “Well the mortgage payment is only $1,000, and the rent is $1,300, so that’s a $300/month cash flow!” Sound the air raid siren, because that investor's dreams are going to end in flames. Cash flow...read more
I met Ashley Thompson in a Facebook group of Mustachians. No, she doesn’t have a mustache. She, like tens of thousands of people around the world, has embraced the financial discipline and minimalism preached by Mr. Money Mustache. (His blog remains one of the...read more
Turnovers are ROI killers. There’s the lost income, during the vacancy. You also have to pay the mortgage, and pay to keep the utilities on. Most residential units need to be repainted. Tack on another several thousand dollars. Do you need new carpets? Often...read more
Not a big ol’ nerd for personal finance and real estate like I am? No sweat. We’ll keep the math simple. After all, math is a lot more fun when you’re calculating your future riches, right? Break out a cocktail napkin (and a cocktail to match), because it...read more
Did you know that over a third (34%) of Americans have no savings? Not a penny in their savings account. The news doesn’t get brighter from there. Another 35% admit to having less than $1,000 in savings; that’s not enough to even cover a month’s rent or mortgage...read more
It turns out Americans really do vote with their feet – especially when it comes to taxes. United Van Lines releases a report every year on the prior year’s migration patterns within the U.S. They just put out the 2016 report, and the data is fascinating. By...read more
As a Realtor, I’m increasingly asked about the new trend of “apartment locator” companies. What’s all the hoopla about? An apartment finder or locator does exactly that: they scout available rental housing and provide a list of properties that meet their...read more
Who Is Spark Rental?
Spark Rental was launched by two friends and former colleagues, Denise Supplee and Brian Davis, who wanted to help automate the rental process from soup to nuts.
Denise is a landlord, real estate agent and former property manager, who knows just how much work it can be to manage rental properties. She also happens to be a rental industry legal forms expert, having worked for a decade at what was the top legal forms service for landlords. Her first priority though? There is nothing more important to Denise than her family, who she makes time for no matter how crazy the business world gets.
Brian is a landlord and real estate investor, with 15 rental properties. A rental industry expert, he’s been interviewed by dozens of media outlets ranging from U.S. News & World Report to Realtor.com to Time Money and countless others. His motivation for starting this business was automating his rental properties so he could travel the world, and he has: Brian’s visited ten countries in the last year. His current base camp is Abu Dhabi, but he hails from Baltimore originally and nostalgizes frequently about his Fells Point townhouse and kooky family and friends.
Spark Rental originally launched as a free educational resource, but will soon be providing full-service rental automation. We have some incredible innovations our genius tech team is building out, that we are 100% positive will disrupt and revolutionize the rental industry. Stay in touch, join our mailing list, connect with us on social media, and we promise to keep you informed and entertained!