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:

Why Rural Investment Properties Outperform Urban Real Estate

Why Rural Investment Properties Outperform Urban Real Estate

Ever considered investing in rural real estate? Most real estate investors haven’t. Which is precisely why rural properties offer so many advantages compared to their urban counterparts. Consider the following reasons to invest in rural properties, rather than...

What Happens When a Property Is Condemned?

What Happens When a Property Is Condemned?

You've probably seen condemned signs on houses. But how do properties become condemned, and what do you need to know as a buyer or seller? There is likely a condemned house somewhere in the neighborhood you live in. Some are so far gone that demolition is the only...

11 Habits of Wealthy People, Based on Data

11 Habits of Wealthy People, Based on Data

When you think of wealthy individuals, do you think of playboy heirs and vapid heiresses? Perhaps slovenly lottery winners? People who just stumbled or lucked their way into wealth? Maybe you picture self-indulgent tycoons, with eight cars and four homes spread across...

17 Clever Ways to Come Up with a Down Payment for a Rental Property

17 Clever Ways to Come Up with a Down Payment for a Rental Property

For most real estate investors, coming up with the next down payment for a rental property is the greatest barrier to buying. Nowhere is the adage “It takes money to make money” more obvious than in real estate investing! In fact, when we’ve polled in our Landlords...

How Recession-Proof Are Rental Properties?

How Recession-Proof Are Rental Properties?

Rental properties offer better protection against recessions than most investments. But that doesn’t make them completely recession-proof.  As you look for ways to protect your portfolio from future recessions, here’s how rental properties have stacked up in past...

Should You Sell a Property with Tenants Living in It?

Should You Sell a Property with Tenants Living in It?

There are no federal, state, or local regulations that prevent the owner of a rental property from selling it while renters live on the premises. However, it can present some challenges. Sellers should plan carefully before listing tenant-occupied properties on the...

Heat Map: The Hottest Real Estate Markets in 2022

Heat Map: The Hottest Real Estate Markets in 2022

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...

Loans for Investment Property Rates: June 2022 Loan Terms & Types

Loans for Investment Property Rates: June 2022 Loan Terms & Types

Image Credit: Trading Academy, CC BY-NC-ND) Wondering what interest rates you can expect to pay on loans for investment properties? It depends on your credit score of course, and on your other risk factors as a borrower. But it also largely depends on what type of...

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. #91 Typical Rent Increases vs Inflation: How Much to Hike

Ep. #91 Typical Rent Increases vs Inflation: How Much to Hike

With inflation so hot right now, should landlords raise their rents faster than usual? Deni and Brian walk through what you need to know about raising rents during high inflation.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and...

Ep. #90 How Greg & Erin Retired Young with Rental Properties

Ep. #90 How Greg & Erin Retired Young with Rental Properties

Ever dreamed of retiring in your 30s or 40s? Greg and Erin Wilson did that. And yes, they have three young children. Deni and Brian chat up the Wilsons about exactly how they reached financial independence and retired young - and how anyone can do the exact same...

Ep. #87 Buying & Renovating Mobile Homes with Adrian Smude

Ep. #87 Buying & Renovating Mobile Homes with Adrian Smude

Ever considered buying land with a mobile home on it? That's Adrian Smude's investing model, and it generates high returns with low costs. Here's how he invests, and how you can follow suit.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on iTunes,...

Ep. #86 Can You Buy Real Estate with Credit Cards?

Ep. #86 Can You Buy Real Estate with Credit Cards?

Ever thought about buying an investment property with a credit card? Or wondered if you qualify for unsecured business credit lines as a real estate investor? Deni & Brian talk through some of the risks and rewards of using credit cards for real estate...

Ep. #85 How to Spot a Mediocre Property Manager, with Janet Fields.

Ep. #85 How to Spot a Mediocre Property Manager, with Janet Fields.

Expert property manager Janet Fields talks haunted houses and tenants, honeybee nests behind the walls, and most importantly, how to screen and hire great property managers when you reach that point in your portfolio.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also...

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?

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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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