Retire Early with Rental Properties
Who says you need to work until you’re 65?
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:
What do investors mean when they talk about “leverage” in real estate, anyway? It may sound jargony, but real estate leverage is actually a simple concept, and one of the great advantages to real estate investments over other asset classes. But it also comes with...
There was a time when only established businesses could accept credit cards. Fortunately, those days are long gone. Today, even individual landlords can accept rent by credit card. (Hint hint: landlords can accept rent by credit card and eCheck/ACH payments for free...
The coronavirus pandemic saw many real estate markets leap upward. Some saw home prices jump over 40% in a single year! Pick your reason as to why. People spending more time at home are focused more on their home, and usually wish they had more space. Many homeowners...
The last 12 months have not been kind to gross rent multipliers around the country. Home prices have skyrocketed 15.04% nationwide, while rents ticked upward at 3.99%. In other words, real estate investors are paying far more for the same rental income. Which means...
Everyone loves a deal, a chance to get more for their money. When retailers cut their prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday each year, frenzied shoppers crowd the store aisles to compete for the limited items on the shelves. And every year, the mania for acquiring a...
You probably know that skipping bill payments can drop your credit score. The reverse is also true — paying your bills on time can positively impact your credit. But that's only true when creditors or others report to the credit bureaus. Find out what bills help...
Whether you’re looking for a way to lower your down payment on a flip or a way to house hack for free housing, live-in flips might just be the answer. But what is a live-in flip, and how exactly does it work? How do you finance them? Here’s everything you need to know...
“Oh, I also had a few rental homes, but I mainly rented dirt.” So begins Scott Todd’s story, his journey from corporate manager to land investor to able to cover his living expenses on land income alone. Scott reached financial independence in under a year and a half....
Lease agreements don’t always start on the first of the month. So how do landlords charge for partial months’ rent? Easy: by prorating the rent. Here’s how rent is prorated, and how to calculate prorated rent as a landlord. What Is Prorated Rent? To prorate...
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 do you reach financial independence with rental properties in under three years? Becky Nova from Lady Landlords comes back on the show to talk about multifamily properties, house hacking, investing in overseas real estate, living abroad part-time, and hard-won...
With the foreclosure moratorium having officially ended on July 31, should investors and homebuyers expect a flood of cheap housing inventory to hit the market in the coming months? Not really. Deni and Brian explain the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new...
So... an hour after we broadcast, the Biden Administration reversed course and extended the eviction moratorium through October 3, 2021. For full details, read the latest eviction moratorium news here.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on...
Ever wonder how wholesalers and flippers score such great deals on properties? Brian chats with Andrew Kolodgie, founder of The House Guys of DC, to talk about how he finds off-market properties to buy at a discount, why he pivoted from flipping to wholesaling real...
Landlords get sued more often than most other professions. As real estate investors start building a portfolio of properties, many start looking to isolate their properties under different LLCs. But that raises a question: how do you move a property into an LLC name...
Some landlords haven't collected rents in 16 months, as eviction moratoriums have prevented them from serving eviction notices on nonpaying tenants. But not landlords that bought rent default insurance. They've collected every payment, on time and in full, from their...
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: