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:

Heat Map: The Hottest Real Estate Markets in Q4 2022

Heat Map: The Hottest Real Estate Markets in Q4 2022

The coronavirus pandemic saw many real estate markets leap upward. Some saw home prices jump over 50% in a single year! Those days are rapidly receding into the rearview mirror. While year-over-year home price growth still looks strong in many counties, the picture...

The BRRRR Method in Real Estate: Invest with No Money (Infographic)

The BRRRR Method in Real Estate: Invest with No Money (Infographic)

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 method, skipping the “rent” portion as self-explanatory. Whatever; semantics....

Capital Gains Tax on Real Estate – And How to Avoid It

Capital Gains Tax on Real Estate – And How to Avoid It

Real estate investments come with a slew of tax advantages. While you own the property as a rental, you can take nearly two dozen landlord tax deductions.  Then, when it comes time to sell, you can reduce or avoid capital gains taxes on real estate through another...

Map: 123 Cities Where Property Values Are Dropping

Map: 123 Cities Where Property Values Are Dropping

Worried about falling property values as a landlord? Or maybe excited about lower prices as an investor? Either way, the housing market looks far different today than it did even six months ago. Gone are the wild 50+% price jumps we saw during the pandemic. Real...

18 Housing Alternatives & Green Housing Ideas to Save Money & Travel

18 Housing Alternatives & Green Housing Ideas to Save Money & Travel

Feeling a little “blah” about the idea of a traditional apartment or a suburban house with a white picket fence? You’re not alone. From the rise of tiny homes to the spiking interest in green housing ideas, people from all walks of life are rebelling against...

10 Ways to Find Distressed Properties as an Investor

10 Ways to Find Distressed Properties as an Investor

Want to score a deal on your next property? Buy a distressed property from a motivated seller. Of course, you're not the only one trying to score a good deal on real estate. Hundreds of other real estate investors typically flood distressed sellers with letters,...

The Real Estate Cycle: How to Invest Through Housing Market Corrections

The Real Estate Cycle: How to Invest Through Housing Market Corrections

All markets are cyclical. As an investor, you need to understand the real estate cycle — or become a victim of the next real estate crash. But that doesn’t mean you should try to time the market. Instead, just understand where we are in the housing market cycle at any...

Quotes for Financial Freedom to Keep You on Track for FI

Quotes for Financial Freedom to Keep You on Track for FI

When you can cover your living expenses with passive income from investments, working becomes optional. Turns out there’s a term for that: financial freedom, also known as financial independence. In other words, freedom from the daily job to make ends meet, freedom...

IRR Calculator Online: What’s Internal Rate of Return in Real Estate?

IRR Calculator Online: What’s Internal Rate of Return in Real Estate?

Heard the term “internal rate of return” or IRR thrown around, but not sure what it means? Don’t sweat it. I worked in real estate investing for two decades before I completely understood it. But don’t follow my example on that front — you should understand what...

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. #115: How Mel & Dave Bought 240 Doors Without Cash

Ep. #115: How Mel & Dave Bought 240 Doors Without Cash

Brian and Deni interview Mel from The Investor Couple all about investing with owner financing to maximize your income potential to start living life on your terms. Mel and Dave have been featured in Yahoo Finance, Bigger Pockets and more.Video Broadcast VersionAudio...

Ep. #114: To Peep or Not to Peep: The Landlord & Surveillance

Ep. #114: To Peep or Not to Peep: The Landlord & Surveillance

In today's world where it seems we are always being watched, it is important that landlords know and understand their rights and limitations.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever else you listen :-)Resources...

Ep. #113: 12 Invisible Expenses That Cost You $12K A Year

Ep. #113: 12 Invisible Expenses That Cost You $12K A Year

Looking for easy ways to save more money? Start by cutting these 12 expenses that can save you more than $12,000 per year, without ruining your quality of life.  Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever else you...

Ep. #112: When To Use A Co-Signor For An Investment Property Loan

Ep. #112: When To Use A Co-Signor For An Investment Property Loan

When should real estate investors bring on a co-signor for an investment property mortgage? Brian and Deni break down when it makes sense to use a co-signor for investment property loans — and when to fly solo.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also...

Ep. #111: What To Do If Your Tenant Goes To Jail

Ep. #111: What To Do If Your Tenant Goes To Jail

Rent never came. And you find out your tenant is in jail. What do you do? What steps do you take? Brian and Deni break down what landlords should do when their tenant is locked up.Video Broadcast VersionAudio Podcast Version Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and...

Ep. #110: Flipping Homes in a Cooling Housing Market with Courtney Poulos

Ep. #110: Flipping Homes in a Cooling Housing Market with Courtney Poulos

Deni interviews Courtney Poulos, hos of Season 2 of The American Dream TV, a former member of the Forbes Real Estate Council, and a recurring panelist at Inman Connect, Awesome Females in Real Estate. Courtney explains the pros, cons, and risks of property flipping in...

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.

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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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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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