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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 investors and buyers need protection when entering a sales contract for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Price comprises just one piece of the puzzle. Buyers and sellers must agree on all aspects of the transaction, and contingencies in real estate offers...
Low interest rates and stock market uncertainty have set the real estate market sizzling in most of the US. With borrowers flooding lenders to take advantage of those low rates, and lingering economic weakness in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many lenders have...
Do the rich have access to better investments than the rest of us? It turns out that they do, actually. I once offered to invest money with a hard money lender I knew, who had an impeccable track record. He asked a simple question before taking the conversation any...
I hear new real estate investors and homebuyers ask all the time: "Can you roll closing costs into a mortgage?" The short answer is yes for refinance loans, no for purchase loans. But it’s not always possible even for refinances, and even when it is, that doesn’t mean...
A few years back, Fannie Mae and its brother lender Freddie Mac launched loan programs called HomeReady and Home Possible, respectively. Their purpose? To help low- to moderate-income borrowers with little cash buy a home. Which is great news for anyone looking to buy...
Three years ago, Becky Nova had no interest in even owning a home, much less becoming a real estate investor. Today she owns ten units and teaches women how to invest in real estate and build passive income from rental properties. “I’m a traveler, the free spirit type...
Over a 40-year time horizon, even someone earning minimum wage can become a millionaire. No, really: if you invest $190 per month in the stock market at an historically-average 10% return, after 40 years you’d have $1,009,111. But what if you want to retire at 40?...
Besides sounding like you're shivering, the BRRRR method of real estate investing is an acronym standing for buy, renovate, rent, refinance, repeat. Some investors refer to it as the BRRR strategy, skipping the “rent” portion as self-explanatory. Whatever; semantics....
“Possession is nine-tenths of the law.” The concept that the person who is control of an asset is its rightful owner allowed Floyd Hatfield to retain ownership of a pig claimed to have been the property of Randle McCoy. The court ruling is said to be a major factor in...
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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!
Democratic candidate Joe Biden has proposed a comprehensive series of tax changes, and with him leading in most polls down the stretch of the election, it begs the question: how would his tax changes affect real estate investors? Brian takes a politics-free look at...
Between social distancing, the eviction moratorium, high unemployment, and a competitive real estate market, many people have discounted the idea of house hacking during the pandemic. Don't make that mistake! There are plenty of ways to house hack that don't involve...
Becky Nova bought her first home in 2018. By 2020, she was financially independent, earning enough rental income to cover her living expenses. How'd she do it? Brian hosts Becky on the Live Off Rents podcast to talk about house hacking, scaling her portfolio,...
Don't expect to find good real estate deals just lying around on the MLS. Especially in a hot housing market. No, you need to go out and create those deals. To score good real estate deals, you need to look off-market. But if there's no "deal tree" you can walk up to...
It's been a strange year for investing. And nowhere stranger than real estate, in which some markets have seen property prices shoot up by 10% or more. Then you have the eviction ban, high unemployment rates, and high rent default rates all playing a role as well. So...
Concerned about an eviction crisis looming in late 2020 or early 2021? There's certainly been enough press about it. One might go so far as to use the term "panic porn." But what are the actual numbers? How many American tenants are actually behind on rent? How do...
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.