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:

Self-Insurance vs. Fully Insured: What Is Self Insuring?

Self-Insurance vs. Fully Insured: What Is Self Insuring?

Companies want to sell you insurance for every possible risk in life.  Why? Because they make such high profit margins on it.  Which is precisely why I self-insure against financial risk whenever possible. Even so, you really do need some types of insurance coverage,...

Financial Independence, Early Retirement: FIRE Movement & Real Estate

Financial Independence, Early Retirement: FIRE Movement & Real Estate

Who says you have to work into your 60s? While people have been retiring early since there was work to shirk, the “FIRE movement” went mainstream in the early 2010s, popularized by Mr. Money Mustache and a few other bloggers. But does financial independence...

Tenant Damage to Property: How to Prevent & React to Rental Property Damage

Tenant Damage to Property: How to Prevent & React to Rental Property Damage

Have you ever had a tenant damage your property? If not, count yourself lucky. As a landlord, the more important question is “How can I prevent tenant property damage?” And, if the worst happens, how do I handle tenant damage to property?   How to Prevent Tenant...

Passive Income Definition: Passive Income Types & How to Create It

Passive Income Definition: Passive Income Types & How to Create It

Going to work every day and getting a paycheck every two weeks? That’s active income. Being self-employed? Freelance work and side gigs? Those are active income, too. Active income is money that you have to work in order to earn, on an ongoing basis. It’s trading time...

17 Passive Streams of Income from Real Estate

17 Passive Streams of Income from Real Estate

Passive streams of income are the holy grail of investing and personal finance. With enough passive income, you no longer need to work and earn active income. You reach financial independence and are able to cover your living expenses solely with streams of passive...

Eviction Process: How to Evict a Tenant (Infographic)

Eviction Process: How to Evict a Tenant (Infographic)

If you own or manage rentals long enough, you’ll eventually have to learn how to evict a tenant and go through the eviction process. Evicting bad tenants is expensive, time-consuming, and fraught with pitfalls. No really: evictions can take anywhere from two to twelve...

How to Buy Your First Rental Property with No Money Down

How to Buy Your First Rental Property with No Money Down

A study of asset returns over 145 years in 16 developed countries found rental properties outperformed stocks. But how can rental properties perform better than stocks, with lower volatility and risk? Don’t higher returns mean higher risk? The answer is simple:...

How to Get a Mortgage for an LLC-Owned Rental Property

How to Get a Mortgage for an LLC-Owned Rental Property

When new investors start looking into buying real estate, one of their most common questions is: “How do I get a mortgage for an LLC-owned rental property?” Spoiler alert: it’s easier than you think. In fact, it’s one of the easiest things to learn as a new investor...

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!

Recent Episodes

Ep. #71 When Landlords Can (and Can’t) Keep Tenants’ Security Deposits

Ep. #71 When Landlords Can (and Can’t) Keep Tenants’ Security Deposits

As a landlord, the last thing you want to do is run afoul of federal or state landlord-tenant laws. Which, as it turns out, are quite strict about what landlords can and can't use security deposits for.  Deni breaks down exactly which expenses landlords can deduct...

Ep. #70 Squatters vs. Trespassers: Rights & the Eviction Process

Ep. #70 Squatters vs. Trespassers: Rights & the Eviction Process

After a year and a half of eviction moratoriums, many landlords find themselves wondering how to handle nonpaying tenants versus squatters. And, for that matter, what the difference is between squatters, trespassers, and defaulting renters. Deni and Brian explain the...

Ep. #69 Niche Investing with the Mobile Home Gurl

Ep. #69 Niche Investing with the Mobile Home Gurl

Sick of overpaying for single-family rental properties or apartment buildings? Brian interviews Rachel Hernandez, AKA Mobile Home Gurl, founder of Adventures in Mobile Homes about what makes them such good investments. From lower purchase costs to higher returns,...

Ep. #68 Can Landlords Require Tenants to Be Vaccinated? Should They?

Ep. #68 Can Landlords Require Tenants to Be Vaccinated? Should They?

In the Landlords, Real Estate Investors & Property Managers Hub Facebook group (Meta group?) that we manage, we've seen a lot of "heated debate" about tenant vaccine mandates, to put it mildly. And in fact, we're starting to see the first lawsuits hit civil courts...

Ep. #67 Level Up Your Real Estate Faster with Abhi Golhar

Ep. #67 Level Up Your Real Estate Faster with Abhi Golhar

Today, Abhi Golhar owns a multimillion dollar real estate portfolio. He hosts the Think Realty podcast (among the Best Real Estate Investing Podcasts currently airing), teaches other entrepreneurs how to build and buy businesses, and has written several bestselling...

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:

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.

Cheat Sheet Inbound!

 

Not only do you get the free Security Deposit Cheat Sheet, but we'll also send you our free passive income mini-course. How's that sound?

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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.

You're in!

Rental Application Inbound!

 

Not only do you get our free rental application, but we'll also send you our free passive income mini-course. How's that sound?

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Ready to Build Passive Income?

Ready to Build Passive Income?

 

We'll email you the course videos over the next week, so enter your best email!

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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!

You're in! Check your email for the link, or click here for the 1st video!

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