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A Landlord Blog for the Passive Income 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 the Landlord & Real Estate Investing Blog:
Real estate comes with some of the best tax advantages in the world. Landlord tax deductions include just about every conceivable expense associated with rental properties – plus some just-on-paper expenses. But tax laws change fast, so investors need to stay on top...
You’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of today’s college students graduate with student loan debt. And as they enter the workforce, get married, and have children, sooner or later they ask the same question: Should I pay off student loans or buy a house? Some...
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 and...
No matter your age, net worth, gender, ethnicity, hair color, or favorite movie, how fast you build wealth comes down to one crucial variable: the gap between what you earn and what you spend. The higher your savings rate, the faster you will build wealth. You could...
Master Yoda once said, “What you have learned, always pass on.” Or something like that. Like Yoda, The Child (aka Baby Yoda or Grogu) in “The Mandalorian” already knows how to use the Force. Let him become your teacher — and learn, too, from the title character, the...
Want to run some back-of-the-napkin numbers on a rental investment? Or find your next city for long-distance real estate investing? Use gross rental multiplier (GRM) for a quick answer. Gross rent multiplier offers a simple glimpse into the profitability of any...
Looking for ways to raise your property 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 thing: what buyers and renters perceive the value to...
It doesn’t get any more “turnkey” than buying a property with tenants already renting it. But that doesn’t mean that buying a property with tenants doesn’t come with its own risks. The tenants and former landlord had their own way of doing things that may differ from...
Owning that first rental property is a huge milestone for investors. It lets you dip your toe into the market, gain experience in property management, and build confidence in your judgement. But for ambitious landlords, the first property marks just one step on a...
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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!
Your lease contract is one of your greatest defenses against losses from unpaid rent, property damage, and more. Just make sure that you do everything you can to protect yourself and your property. Deni & Brian chat about 4 little-known clauses to provide stronger...
Looking for more profitable markets to invest in? Try these top 10 cities in the US by gross rent multiplier (GRM), after SparkRental analyzed the top 100 cities in the country based on data from Zillow. It's a short episode that explains the numbers and statitics...
New year, new you? Not for most people. But try this simple resolution to actually move the needle on building wealth and passive income faster. Here are 3 basic and most important steps to achieve F.IR.E or get your financial life in order in 2021. Video...
Christmas is Friday! A last minute gift idea sometimes it's hard to find, especially for real estate investors! As a fun, quick holiday edition of the Live Off Rents podcast, we’re breaking down 8 gift ideas for real estate investors that aren’t boring.Video Broadcast...
Should landlords ever accept tenants with bad credit? It can be tricky, but there are situations where it can be an option. How can landlords protect themselves if they take a risk on a low-credit applicant? We'll go through a few security measures in that case. Deni...
What end-of-year financial moves should you make, to minimize taxes and maximize profits? From ways to minimize your capital gains to depreciation and beyond, savvy real estate investors know all the tricks at their disposal. In this episode you will benefit from the...
Who Is the Rental Income 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:
Spark Rental Blog Guest Post Policy
Let me be crystal clear about our guest article policy. We almost never accept them, and when we do, it’s from websites that meet the following criteria:
- Domain score of 60 or higher, per Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest tool.
- Extremely relevant to SparkRental’s mission. In other words, a focus on real estate investing, passive income, financial independence/retiring early (FIRE), property management, and personal finance.
- In-depth articles on unique topics not found elsewhere online.
- Exceptionally strong writing. Fully 99% of the writing I read on the web is crap and doesn’t meet our standards.
Meet all of those criteria, and still interested in contributing to our real estate investing blog?
Contact Brian using the form below, to pitch a few unique and relevant blog post ideas.