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apartment-rental-shoppingForbes: How to Find a Great Deal on an Apartment

Preparing to move? Stretch your dollar as far as it will go by finding a great deal on your next apartment. Forbes checks in with Spark Rental co-founder Denise Supplee to talk about dealhunting on your apartment search.


Fall Real Estate InvestingTime Money Magazine: The Best Things About Buying Properties in the Fall

Everyone thinks spring and summer are the best times of year to buy real estate, but buyers have an edge in autumn. Time Magazine’s Money segment checks in with Spark Rental’s Brian Davis.


USA Today: 50 Ways House Hunters Can Get Ready for Homebuying Season

I mean, not to brag or anything, but guess whose tip was #1? All right enough ego stroking but we did enjoy talking to USA Today about the spring flurry of real estate activity, even if we’re all-year-round kinda folks ourselves!


Funding for real estate flipsInvestopedia: Where Can I Borrow Money to Flip a House?

It’s not quite so easy to find funding for a property flip as it is for a primary resident. We chatted with Investopedia about funding options for real estate investors, since most of us can’t afford to buy in cash!


distressed rental propertyU.S. News & World Report: Distressed Property: A Clean Play for Investors?

Distressed real estate got a terrible rap back in the foreclosure crisis of 2007-2011. What do real estate investors need to know if they’re considering a venture into distressed properties? U.S News & World Report discusses with Spark Rental’s Brian Davis and Invest Four More’s Mark Ferguson. Earnest Money Deposit: How Home Sellers Can Keep It Fair & Square

No seller wants to have a buyer bail out on the contract a week before settlement. How can real estate sellers protect themselves? Brian talks earnest money deposits with


the-street-interviews-spark-rental-founder-denise-suppleeThe Street: With Rental Prices Rising, Is the Landlord Life for You?

The Street’s real estate columnist Brian O’Connell sits down with Spark Rental co-founder Denise Supplee to talk about life as a landlord, with all its ups and downs. A candid conversation and excellent glimpse into the day-to-day of being a landlord.


Forbes: 8 Ways To Know You’re Ready To Be A Remote Worker

Thinking about working remotely? Or perhaps even working for yourself from home? Forbes talks with Spark Rental co-founder Denise Supplee about the challenges and rewards of working remotely, and how to know if you’re ready to take the leap.


huffington-post-on-rent-scamsThe Huffington Post: As Rents Rise, Scammers Float to the Top

How can renters and landlords alike avoid rent-related scams? With rents ever growing, there’s more money than ever to be made in rent scams, so landlords, tenants and property managers alike need to keep a watchful eye when working with strangers.


landlord lawsuitFox News: When Can Your Landlord Sue You for Property Damage?

So, you caused some damage to your rented property… if repairs cost more than the security deposit, can your landlord sue you? sits down with Spark Rental’s Brian Davis to discuss. New Law Keeps Landlords From Hiking the Rent, and You’ll Never Guess How

Portland’s landlord-tenant laws have become among the most lopsided in the country. Denise talks to about the repercussions of Portland’s new law that forces landlords to pay some tenants’ moving costs.


MoneyGeek: Protecting Yourself as a Home Renter

What do renters need to know before signing a new lease agreement? What do they need to know about security deposits, renters insurance, and a million other details? MoneyGeek worked with Brian Davis to compile this detailed, comprehensive guide.


GoodCall: Southern Suburbs Top List of Best Places to Buy a Forever Home

What makes a good “forever home”? Where are the best places in the US to buy one? Denise Supplee chats with GoodCall about what to look for as buyers evaluate where to buy real estate and set down roots.


landlord-secretsAOL Finance: 7 Secrets You Can’t Keep from Your Landlord

It’s not always fun coming clean, but your landlord needs to know when certain things happen in their property. Here are seven secrets you shouldn’t keep from your landlord, and why not.


what landlords do with rent paymentsThe Penny Hoarder: What Do Landlords Do with My Rent?

While some of the rent probably goes toward the mortgage, landlords have plenty of other expenses, too. Here’s what happens to your rent money once it arrives in the hands of your landlord.


spark-rental-press-forbesForbes: 7 Warning Signs You’re Not Ready to Buy Real Estate

Investing in real estate, whether a primary residence or an investment property, is not for everyone all the time (despite what the politicians might tell you about the “American Dream”). Brian Davis from Spark Rental chats with Forbes about when – and when not – to by a home.


real-estate-dealsThe Simple Dollar: 5 Home Flaws Worth Overlooking to Score a Better Deal

Not all flaws are inherently bad. When shopping for real estate deals, sometimes you want to look for properties that other buyers are afraid to tackle. Here are five property flaws that can help you score a better deal when bargain shopping.


real-estate-disclosuresTrulia: 6 Things to Include in a Seller Disclosure

Legal disclosures may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but they’re your armor against broken contracts, lawsuits, and the other nasty things that can go wrong. Denise Supplee explains legal protection with Trulia. Best Cities to Invest in Real Estate on a Budget

Not every real estate investor has private yacht budget (rather, they haven’t reached that point yet), so where can investors get started find good investment properties on a limited budget? Turns out you’re not the only one who asked. and their readers also wanted to know, so we discussed it with them.


borrow money quicklySupermoney: Ways to Borrow Money Quickly in a Pinch

We’ve all been there, in an emergency when we need cash and we need it now. We talked to Supermoney about some options, for when you find yourself in a crunch and need some money pronto.


higher profits selling real estateGoBankingRates: 25 Tricks to Sell Your Home for a Higher Profit

For most people, their home is the largest asset. Even a 1% boost in sales price means thousands of dollars, so here are some tricks to sell for more without all that pesky spending.


msn-quotes-spark-rentalMSN: 20 Renovations that Will Hurt Your Property’s Value

Not everything that glitters is gold. Some renovations and updates may look enticing now, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get that money back in higher resale value when you go to sell. MSN talks return on investment with Spark Rental in this fun (and occasionally funky) slideshow.


Brian Davis InterviewStartInPhx: Entrepreneur Case Study – Brian Davis, Co-Founder of Spark Rental

Excellent interview with our co-founder Brian Davis, about the (occasionally odd) path his career has taken. From business lessons he’s learned to tips any real estate investor and businessperson can use, it’s a fascinating interview.


foreclosure vs. short saleBeSmartee: What’s Worse, a Short Sale or a Foreclosure?

When borrowers fall behind on their mortgage, should they work out a short sale or just the property go to foreclosure? Denise chats with BeSmartee about impact on credit and what she looks for as a landlord when screening tenants. Moving to a New City? How to Make Your New Town Feel Like Home

New digs in a new town? No sweat. Well, ok, a little bit of sweat, but here are some tips for meeting friends, settling in and making your new house into home sweet home.


find-a-good-deal-on-rentSelfLender: 7 Tips for Finding an Apartment Deal

Rents have risen precipitously in most U.S. cities over the last five years, making it harder than ever to find a good deal. We chatted with SelfLender about how renters can score a good deal, even in competitive rental markets.


Forbes Spark Rental Winter Real EstateForbes: 8 Ways to Get a Deal on Winter Real Estate

Real estate’s off season can spell good deals for those willing to brave the cold and buck the trend. Hibernation is for buttercups and bears – go find some deals on properties!


trulia-landlord-article-with-spark-rentalTrulia: 8 Signs Your Landlord Secretly Has Your Back

People love to vilify landlords, but most landlords are everyday folks who just want you to pay your bills on time and treat their property with respect. Beyond that, most landlords really do want you to succeed in life – here are 8 signs your landlord is looking out!


delinquent tenantsAvvoStories: How to Handle a Tenant Behind on Rent

Bad tenants spell bad returns, which is why tenant screening is so important. But if you’re in the throes of a delinquent tenancy, how can you extricate yourself from it with minimal damage? Here are some times and advice, courtesy of AvvoStories and Spark Rental co-founder Brian Davis.


ceo-blog-nation-brian-davisCEO Blog Nation: 15 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business

Among the entrepreneurs chosen to share their story? Spark Rental’s Brian Davis! CEO Blog Nation’s “Hearpreneurs” program features the story of Spark Rental.


renter privacyYahoo News: How Much Privacy Are Landlords Legally Required to Give Tenants?

When does landlord-tenant communication cross the line into harassment? How much notice do landlords have to give tenants before entering the rental unit? Angela Colley of and Yahoo News talks privacy with Spark Rental’s Brian Davis.


personal-finance-scaredU.S. News & World Report: How 5 People Survived Their Financial Nightmares

Money – or rather lack of money – can be terrifying. U.S. News & World Report talks money with our co-founder Brian Davis, who’s had his fair share of financial shocks over the years.


buy-real-estate-at-auctionBeSmartee: Is Buying Properties at Auction Worth It?

Auctions are tricky, but can yield some great deals. Here’s what homebuyers and rental investors should know before bidding at a real estate auction, to avoid losing their shirt!


real estate trends spark rentalProSource: Go for Rustic Glam with Modern Farmhouse Styling

We love real estate, and not just the dollars and cents. Talking home fashion and trends is fun too! Check out some expert tips for creating a rustic glam look without “going redneck.”


buy real estate - spark rental pressGoBankingRates: When Is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Home?

The answer varies by region, but there are some surprising stats and tidbits in here about when buyers can find the best deal. Here’s what property buyers should be aware of as they consider timing their purchase.


budget-for-buying-rental-propertiesSelfLender: 5 Tips for Balancing Student Loans with Big Purchases

Creating budgets is all about priorities. SelfLender checks in with us about budgeting and balancing debts with big investments like buying a home or rental investment property.


walkability-housingLifezette: House Hunting and Health — Inseparable

Walkability has been an increasingly popular “amenity” in the last fifteen years. Here’s how Americans attitudes are changing, when it comes to housing, walking, health and the old suburban “drive everywhere” mentality.


Trulia article - rental application approvedTrulia: How to Score Your First Apartment with Bad Credit

People with bad credit still have to live somewhere – what can they do, to convince landlords and property managers to sign a lease with them over other rental applications with better credit? Trulia talks apartment hunting with our own Denise Supplee.

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