More Passive Income
Welcome! As a way to say “Hi,” here’s a free video series all about building your passive income from rentals.
Looking for a little extra pizzazz to make your empty rental stand out and rent for more? Consider making it a “smart home.” For a few hundred dollars, you can trick out your rental property with connected devices that make it easily programmable and...read more
“Financial independence” is one of those goals that most people say they want, but few people actually pursue with any real zeal. What is financial independence, besides a phrase that finance nerds like me throw around? It means having enough income from your...read more
What are the odds that artificial intelligence will render real estate agents obsolete in the near future? If you answered “nearly 100%” then you answered right. At least according to a recent Oxford study on artificial intelligence. Scary stuff? Maybe. But is...read more
How often in life does everything go exactly to plan? Real estate investing is no different, except the stakes are much higher. You need contingency plans for your contingency plans, a depth chart that would make an NFL team proud. In other words, you need...read more
Pet lover? So are we! There are some great reasons to allow pets in your rental units... and some risks. What are the pros and cons of allowing pets? Are cats better to allow than dogs? What are the risks of each? Most importantly, how can you mitigate those risks, if...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
(psst: those "slate" tiles are actually solar-powered glass tiles) Interested in making your home or investment properties higher-tech? Or perhaps more eco-friendly and green? Maybe you just like the idea of self-sufficiency, your home powered independently...read more
In this Video: Why flooring...read more
*Note on Terminology: Conservatives and liberals can’t even agree on terminology, with conservatives using the pejorative “illegal aliens” and liberals using the cuddly “undocumented immigrants.” We’ll split the difference here and use the term “illegal immigrants,”...read more
It’s so easy to be blown by the winds of your emotions instead of standing stiff to the letter of the law. But most states enforce rigorous landlord-tenant rules, and hold landlords to a higher standard than renters. Bad tenants can cost you thousands of...read more
Real estate investors love to talk about rules for some reason. The 2% Rule of rent-to-price ratio (which you should totally ignore), the 25X Rule of retirement assets (which is not fixed in stone, as we discuss), the 70% Rule of mandatory minimum equity (okay...read more
Want a better return on your rental investments? Landlords need to understand how to tactfully and effectively raise rents, without losing their tenants. Turnovers can be costlier than a Kardashian’s wardrobe, so if you want to maximize ROI you need to minimize...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!