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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:

9 Hidden Benefits of the FIRE Lifestyle (Even in Recessions)

9 Hidden Benefits of the FIRE Lifestyle (Even in Recessions)

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, some pundits leapt to the conclusion that “the FIRE movement is dead, long live the FIRE movement!” They couldn’t have been more wrong. More than ever before, the core values of reaching financial independence ring true. When a...

Creative Financing for Investment Properties During COVID-19

Creative Financing for Investment Properties During COVID-19

The unemployment rate has reached levels not seen since the Great Depression, with analysts estimating the real unemployment rate between 20-25%. This reality is pushing people to find creative ways to make money — including real estate investing. But financing an...

12 Tactics for Better Tenant Retention, Fewer Turnovers & Max ROI

12 Tactics for Better Tenant Retention, Fewer Turnovers & Max ROI

  Turnovers are ROI killers. There’s the lost income, during the vacancy. You also have to pay the mortgage, and pay to keep the utilities on. Most residential units need to be repainted. Tack on another several thousand dollars. Do you need new carpets? Often...

Tactful Follow-Up: Your Secret Weapon for Scoring Deals During COVID-19

Tactful Follow-Up: Your Secret Weapon for Scoring Deals During COVID-19

The full extent of the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the real estate market is not yet known, and with uncertainty comes more risk. If you’re buying houses to flip or for long-term investment, do you really know what the value will be in the coming months and...

Unemployment Rates by County: Interactive Map

Unemployment Rates by County: Interactive Map

When renters lose their jobs, landlords tend to lose their rental income.  Sure, most got a $1,200 stimulus check, and can go on unemployment to receive temporary assistance. But with 30.3 million Americans unemployed (and millions more added every week), many renters...

Late Fees for Rent: What Landlords Can Charge in Each State

Late Fees for Rent: What Landlords Can Charge in Each State

What can landlords legally charge as late fees for rent? It depends on your state’s landlord-tenant laws, and in some cases your local city regulations. Many states don’t explicitly limit the amount that landlords can charge, but require that it be “reasonable.” Talk...

Hedge Against Inflation: Protect Your Portfolio from COVID-19 Inflation

Hedge Against Inflation: Protect Your Portfolio from COVID-19 Inflation

In late March 2020, Congress approved an unprecedented $2 trillion ($2,200,000,000,000) stimulus package to avert the widespread collapse of businesses and employment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Reserve announced that it will buy an indefinite...

Proof of Residence Letter Sample: How to Write an Affidavit of Residence

Proof of Residence Letter Sample: How to Write an Affidavit of Residence

The proof of residence letter, also called the proof of residency letter or the affidavit of residence, is probably the least stressful letter a landlord can write. In fact, this letter is a piece of cake. You, as a landlord, don’t need to vouch for your tenant in a...

Infographic: The Coronavirus Impact on Real Estate Investors (Updated)

Infographic: The Coronavirus Impact on Real Estate Investors (Updated)

Evolving story, updated weekly as we know more.   As the coronavirus continues rattling investors and shuttering businesses around the world, people keep asking me the same question over and over: What will the impact on real estate be? Because no one knows how...

Who Is This 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 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:

Free Rental Application

Email our free rental application PDF to your prospects; they can type into it, e-sign it, and email it back to you. It even includes authorization for you to contact employers, prior landlords, and run tenant screening reports.

Tenant Screening Reports

Well, it’s free for the landlord. The applicant verifies their identity and releases their credit report, criminal background check, and eviction history tenant screening reports to you. No site inspection required!

State-Specific Lease Agreements

Our rental lease agreements are extremely landlord-protective, and deter any lawsuit-happy tenants. They’re editable, reusable, and include all state-specific lease clauses, disclosures, and addenda.

Free Rent Collection

Collect rent online, through either ACH (bank transfer), credit card, or debit card. Reduce late payments and rent defaults, and use one-click Schedule E tax statements and Income & Expense reports!

Want more free landlord resources? Check out our list of Free Landlord Tools.

Spark Rental Blog Guest Post Policy

This is our skeptical face. Persuade us you’re not another hack!

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:

  1. Domain score of 60 or higher, per Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest tool.
  2. 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.
  3. In-depth articles on unique topics not found elsewhere online.
  4. 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.

4 + 1 =

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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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