Build Passive Income with Real Estate

Who says you need to work until you’re 65?

A Passive Income Blog for the Obsessed

Denise Supplee & Brian DavisWant to work forever?

We certainly don’t. Which is why we’re so obsessed with passive income. And while we love stocks, our true passion is passive real estate investing.

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 hiking, scuba diving, wine tasting, and breaking toes trying to learn how to surf.

Deni (my partner) and I have a simple goal: to help 5,000 people reach $5,000/month in passive real estate income. Want to be one of them? To start stacking up streams of passive income? To reach financial independence and retire early with rental properties or real estate syndications?

We created this real estate investing blog to help you stop relying so heavily on your 9-5 salary and start living more intentionally. Welcome!

The Latest from Our Real Estate Investing Blog

Interest Rates on Loans for Investment Properties: Feb. 2024 Rates

Interest Rates on Loans for Investment Properties: Feb. 2024 Rates

TL;DR On Getting A Loan For Rental Property: Various financing options are available for rental properties, including conventional mortgages, portfolio loans, fix & flip loans, and private financing, each tailored to different investment strategies and needs....

How to Buy Turnkey Properties Sight Unseen

How to Buy Turnkey Properties Sight Unseen

TL;DR on Buying Turnkey Properties Sight Unseen: Turnkey properties are real estate assets that are fully renovated, furnished, and ready for rental or already have a tenant at the time of purchase—but the definition doesn’t apply to everyone. “Sight unseen” refers to...

Best Ways to Find Pre-Foreclosure Homes For Investors To Score Bargains

Best Ways to Find Pre-Foreclosure Homes For Investors To Score Bargains

The TL;DR On Finding Pre-Foreclosure Homes: There are several ways to find pre-foreclosure homes. However, there’s a window between when a borrower defaults and when the property goes to foreclosure auction, during which you can potentially score a great deal. You...

23 Rental Property Income Tax Deductions For Landlords In 2024

23 Rental Property Income Tax Deductions For Landlords In 2024

TL;DR Overview on Rental Property Tax Deductions: Landlords have different rental property tax deductions that can help with keeping more of their income in their pocket. They can deduct virtually every real estate investing business-related expense, and they...

Fundrise Review 2024: An Easy Way to Diversify Your Portfolio?

Fundrise Review 2024: An Easy Way to Diversify Your Portfolio?

TL;DR On Our Fundrise Review: Fundrise is an online real estate crowdfunding platform that allows users to invest in commercial and private real estate without needing to purchase property directly. Investments can start as low as $10, and the platform offers many...

Foreclosure.com Review: Is It Any Good?

Foreclosure.com Review: Is It Any Good?

TL;DR Overview: Foreclosure.com provides a large database of foreclosed properties across the US to help buyers find discounted homes. Foreclosure.com helps investors quickly find potential property deals, but remember there are risks in buying foreclosures.  The...

Lofty Review: Fractional Real Estate Investing with Full Liquidity

Lofty Review: Fractional Real Estate Investing with Full Liquidity

TL;DR Overview:  Lofty lets you buy $50 shares in rental properties for steady cash flow, with a liquid secondary market to sell your shares at any time without penalties. According to Lofty's estimates, returns are paid daily in USD, with estimated annual returns...

Hard Money Vs Private Money Loans For Real Estate

Hard Money Vs Private Money Loans For Real Estate

What’s the difference between hard money and private money loans? Real estate investors sometimes use these terms interchangeably. Many hard money lenders are private lenders, and vice versa, making the discussion more confusing. Fortunately, understanding the...

10 Ways to Start Flipping Houses With No Money Down

10 Ways to Start Flipping Houses With No Money Down

Cash is the most significant barrier to entry for most new real estate investors. Even when you borrow 80% of a home’s purchase price, that still leaves you coming up with $50,000 for a down payment on a $250,000 home, plus closing costs, renovation costs, or carrying...

WTF Are NFTs, and How Are People Using Them in Real Estate?

WTF Are NFTs, and How Are People Using Them in Real Estate?

Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, haven’t been around too long, but they definitely shook up the collectibles market. For a little while, NFTs became the hottest niche in the blockchain space, selling for anywhere from $100,000 to millions of dollars and giving...

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 since 2017, and 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 or wherever else you listen!

Recent Episodes

Ep. #171: From Money Myths to Reliable Wealth Strategies with Stephanie Walter

Ep. #171: From Money Myths to Reliable Wealth Strategies with Stephanie Walter

Which money myths do you fall prey to? How are you planning to build wealth through retirement, and then pass it along? Brian chats with Stephanie Walter about the most predictable paths to build and keep wealth over time. Video Broadcast Version Audio Podcast Version...

Ep. #169: How to Buy Properties Long-Distance with Eric Martel

Ep. #169: How to Buy Properties Long-Distance with Eric Martel

Like the idea of long-distance real estate investing, but don't have a network in place to help you? Eric Martel talks out-of-state investing, and how to tap into other people's networks to invest in properties long-distance. Video Broadcast Version Audio Podcast...

Who Is this Real Estate Investing Blog For?

Well, sure, it’s for aspiring and active investors and landlords. We write about the nuts and bolts of investing passively in real estate syndications or actively in rental properties. We cover topics ranging from real estate crowdfunding to tax benefits, tenant screening to collecting rents, single-family to multifamily to self-storage and beyond.

But while the “how-tos” and “avoid these mistakes” are important, they’re only part of the picture.

The bigger picture? How real estate investing fits into your larger strategy for building wealth and passive income.

Specifically: reaching financial independence to give you the freedom to retire early, if you so choose. Or to supplement your current lifestyle so you can live better or switch to your dream work.

So who is this “real estate investing blog” for? It’s not just for passive real estate investors or active landlords — it’s for anyone looking for creative ways to reach FIRE through real estate investing.

 

Beyond Education: Group Real Estate Investments Club

Learning is wonderful, and we offer nearly endless free education content for real estate investors and landlords. But nothing beats getting in the trenches and actually investing to earn real returns.

At your request, we created a real estate investment club that lets you “earn while you learn” with a club full of other investors. Every month, we propose a new passive real estate investment. These group real estate investments — also known as real estate syndications — let you buy fractional ownership in an apartment complex, self-storage facility, retail or other large property. You get all the benefits of real estate investing, from cash flow to appreciation to tax benefits, without the headaches of buying properties yourself.

Best of all, you can invest with a lot less money. Rather than the $50-100K needed for a typical real estate syndication or rental property down payment, you can invest with $5,000 per deal.

Oh, and non-accredited investors are welcome on all deals. We intentionally propose inclusive deals open to all investors.

 

Real Estate Investing & Landlord Education

Our real estate investing blog includes hundreds of 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 real estate investors. We offer a premium course called FIRE from Real Estate, to help you reach financial independence and retire early in years rather than decades. 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 want 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 real estate education at SparkRental. We want you to make as much passive income as possible, as fast as possible, on the fewest real estate investments possible.

 

Beyond the Real Estate Blog: More Resources for Investors

Had enough of us going on about the importance of real estate investing education?

“Cut to the goods already Brian! Gimme some free stuff!”

All right, all right. Here are some free real estate investing resources, to help you on your quest for financial independence from real estate:

Property Depreciation Calculator

Real Estate Investing Calculators

Real estate investing involves math. But it doesn’t have to be hard math. Use our free rental income calculator, house hacking calculator, property depreciation calculator and more to get ahead in the game of life.

real estate investing maps

Interactive Real Estate Maps

It’s a big country, with thousands of towns you could invest in. Where should you invest? Why? Check out our interactive maps of the hottest housing markets, cooling real estate markets, best cities for real estate investing by price/rent ratio, and more.

Real Estate Crowdfunding Comparison

Wondered whether real estate crowdfunding investments are worth considering? The answer: some are, others aren’t. But which are worth it? Check out our comparison of real estate crowdfunding platforms — and which we invest in ourselves.

Tenant Screening Reports

Landlord Software & Mobile App

Use our free landlord software to screen tenants, collect rent online, and automate your rental accounting. Sync your bank account, automatically label income and expenses, and use one-click Schedule E tax statements.

Want more free landlord resources? Check out our list of Free Real Estate Investing Tools.

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Real Estate FIRE Escape: What It Takes to Retire in 5 Years with Rentals

 

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Never File Eviction Again: 3 Secrets to Getting Renters to Respect the Rules

 

Evictions are ROI-killers! We'll show you how to whip your renters into shape and prevent future evictions.

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Real Estate FIRE Escape: What It Takes to Retire in 5 Years with Rentals

 

Want a plan to retire in 5 years? We won't tell you it's easy... but we will tell you how to do it.

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Real Estate FIRE Escape: What It Takes to Retire in 5 Years with Rentals

 

Want a plan to retire in 5 years? We won't tell you it's easy... but we will tell you how to do it.

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Rental Application Inbound!

 

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Ditch Your Day Job: Free 8-Video Course

 

Our brand new course on how to reach financial independence and retire early (FIRE) with rental properties is open for one week from Oct. 23-30!

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