Retire Early with Real Estate
Who says you need to work until you’re 65?
A Passive Income Blog for the Obsessed
Know the acronym “FIRE,” in personal finance circles?
It stands for Financial Independence/Retire Early.
Financial independence means that income from your investments (like, oh, I don’t know, rental properties) is enough to cover your living expenses. In other words, you’re no longer “dependent” on your job to pay your bills.
My name is Brian Davis, and I’m a landlord, real estate investor, personal finance writer, co-founder of SparkRental, and world traveler. I get to spend most of the year living abroad, largely because my rental income allows me to live anywhere.
Deni (my partner) and I have a simple goal: to help 5,000 people reach $5,000/month in passive income from rental properties. Actually our goal is to help as many people as possible reach financial independence from rental income, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it 😉
Want to retire early with rental properties? Stack up streams of passive income? Reach financial independence?
We created this landlord blog to help you do just that. Being a landlord is great, but ultimately rental properties are a means to a greater end: giving you the freedom to lead whatever life you want.
The Latest from Our Real Estate Investing Blog
Sure, property taxes aren’t fun while you own a home or investment property. But what about taxes on real estate sales? Do you pay taxes when you sell a house? Are taxes on real estate sales different for homes versus investment properties? Selling properties isn’t...
Sometimes it feels like real estate investors use too many ways to measure returns. Are they all really necessary? What is gross rent multiplier anyway, and why should investors bother with it? While a blunt instrument, gross rent multiplier (GRM) offers an easy,...
People throw hundreds of jargony real estate terms around in the industry, half of them acronyms. If you’re new to the industry, you almost need to carry around a glossary of terms in real estate investing. Which is precisely what this is: your pocket guide to real...
Image Credit: Trading Academy, CC BY-NC-ND) Wondering what interest rates you can expect to pay on loans for investment properties? It depends on your credit score of course, and on your other risk factors as a borrower. But it also largely depends on what type of...
Just 39% of Americans could cover an emergency expense costing $1,000, per a 2021 study by Bankrate. The other 60% would be up the creek without a paddle. Because emergencies do happen, and not just to other people, either. Three out of ten Americans say they or an...
People talk about real estate wholesaling almost as if it's cheating. Too good to be true. But what is a real estate wholesaler, anyway? Real estate wholesalers never actually own the properties they put under contract. Instead, they simply flip the contract to an end...
Want to score better deals on investment properties? Learn how to find properties before they hit the market. In a competitive real estate market, buyers and investors want to learn how to find homes before they become public knowledge. Try these 10 ways to find...
Real estate investors can famously defer capital gains taxes on investment properties with a 1031 exchange. They sell a property for a profit then roll the proceeds into a new real estate investment to avoid paying capital gains on the sold property — at least for the...
Heard real estate investors throw around the term “cash-on-cash return” but not entirely sure what it means? While it might sound technical and complicated, it’s anything but. Especially since we have a free cash-on-cash return calculator that you can bookmark and...
What do you want to learn more about?
The “Live Off Rents” Podcast
Prefer to watch or listen to your real estate investing and FIRE tips & tricks? No sweat.
Deni and Brian have been broadcasting live every week to the SparkRental-sponsored Facebook groups for years, although they only started releasing the content via podcast in 2020. Each episode is quick, 15-20 minutes, but jam-packed with actionable content.
No fluff, just advice you can put to work immediately to build passive income from real estate.
If you enjoy the episodes, share them, and please rate and review on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever else you listen!
How can real estate investors leverage technology to find great deals and joint venture partners? Paul Wakim of TwnSqr joins us to talk tech and scoring killer deals as a real estate investor.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on iTunes,...
The year started with mortgageg interest rates around 3%. Now, averages are hovering around 7%. For savvy investors, that means it's time to get creative. Brian and Deni break down five outside-the-box ways to finance rental properties while interest rates are...
What are the risks and returns of real estate syndications? Veteran syndicator Kenneth Gee explains how to vet syndication deals for low risk and high returns.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever else you listen...
Worried about a recession on the horizon? Brian and Deni break down four recession-resistant investments, to help protect your portfolio from turbulent times.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever else you listen...
Brian Clayton started as a landscaper. Today he's built an eight-figure real estate portfolio and has become debt-free and financially independent, in addition to founding a successful real estate technology company. How did he do it? Video Broadcast VersionAudio...
Should invest actively or passively in real estate? What's the difference? What are the pros and cons of each? Deni & Brian break down how you should decide whether to invest as a passive or active investor in real estate.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast...
Who Is the Passive Investing Blog For?
Well, sure, this is a real estate investing and landlord blog. We write about the nuts and bolts of investing in rental properties, tenant screening, leasing issues, collecting rent, managing difficult tenants, and so on.
But while the “how-tos” and “avoid these mistakes” are important, they’re only part of the picture.
The bigger picture? How rental properties and real estate investing fit into your larger strategy for building wealth and passive income.
Specifically: reaching financial independence to give you the freedom to retire young, if you so choose.
So who is this “landlord blog” for? It’s not just for landlords – it’s for anyone looking for creative ways to reach FIRE through real estate investing.
Real Estate Investing & Landlord Education
Our real estate investing blog includes hundreds of landlord articles, personal finance articles, property management tips, and detailed real estate investing advice. Browse it, search it, use it as a free resource.
But our landlord education doesn’t end with the blog.
We offer a range of free webinars and online masterclasses for landlords and real estate investors. We offer several premium landlord courses. Our weekly newsletter keeps you abreast of rental industry trends, landlord tips, and the best of real estate investing blogs from around the web. And every week, Deni & Brian hop on live video on Facebook for a 15-minute live vlog and answer questions.
What for? Why do real estate investors and landlords need continuing education, anyway?
Because investing in rental properties is not like throwing money in an index fund.
Buying real estate investment properties takes skill (at least if you’re going to make money). Managing rental properties takes skill.
Your returns on rental investment properties are directly proportionate to your knowledge and skill, both as an investor and as a landlord. If you want to reach financial independence from real estate, you’re going to need to know what you’re doing.
That’s why we’re obsessed with ongoing landlord education at SparkRental. We want you to make as much passive income as possible, as fast as possible, on the fewest rental investments possible.
Beyond the Real Estate Blog: More Landlord Resources
Had enough of us going on about the importance of landlord education?
“Cut to the goods already Brian! Gimme some free stuff!”
All right, all right. Here are some free landlord resources, to help you on your quest for financial independence from real estate: