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Two-thirds of American homeowners take out a mortgage when they buy their home, and even more real estate investors leverage other people’s money to expand their portfolio. Are they wrong to do so? Not necessarily, although some people borrow more than they...read more
When did we as a society start criminalizing landlords? Like so many other creeping, insidious changes in our society, it didn’t happen overnight. An early example took place in Kentucky, when a 69-year-old landlord was charged criminally because he leased to...read more
“I’ll just use this free template I stumbled across online as my lease agreement.” – Attributed to the Common Newbie Landlord, scientific name Stultus novitius. If the idea above has ever occurred to you, you’re probably lucky enough to have never been to rent...read more
Want to boost your property’s value before selling or leasing it, but strapped for cash? No biggie. You’d be amazed how much you can do yourself, even if you’re not exactly Tim the Toolman Taylor. Sure, you may not be knocking down walls or installing new HVAC...read more
Once upon a time, there was a young girl with big aspirations! That little girl is much older now and has had the time of her life learning, growing, failing and learning some more. Real estate, construction, leasing, investing, selling; it’s been her life...read more
You’ve probably heard of house hacking – buying a duplex or small multi-unit property, so that you can move into one unit and have your neighboring renters pay the mortgage. But what if you’re buying (or own) a single-family home? One option is bringing on a...read more
If you want good returns, you need long-term, excellent renters who will pay on time and treat your property with respect. Tenant screening will help you spot the best rental application in your pool of applicants, but how do you attract the biggest,...read more
Imagine cash flow from a rental property as water running through a pipe. Every time the pipe leaks, you lose money. Once you’ve purchased a property, your returns (ROI) are based on minimizing those leaks. So how do you maximize ROI and cash flow, while...read more
Wouldn’t you think that a judge would possess some type of legal background? Not always! Often it is an elected position (read: all about politics). Someone knew someone, perhaps the popular town butcher, ran to be district judge and got voted right in. It’s...read more
How much security do security deposits actually provide? Security deposits are only as effective as the policies landlords have for them. But most mom-and-pop landlords end up learning the hard way that security deposit mistakes are among the costliest they can make....read more
Most landlords know that it’s important to have a signed, written lease agreement. But is a two-page freebie you scrounged up somewhere online going to protect you? The quality of your lease contract matters. That’s a lesson far too many mom-and-pop landlords...read more
What sets you apart from your competitors? That’s a question that solo real estate investors may not be used to asking themselves. But if you’re in business, any business, from a Fortune 500 corporation to an individual investor, you need a good answer to that...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!