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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:
Even as the economy slowly reopens and people adjust to a “new normal,” the future of the home-sharing market remains uncertain. Vacation rental companies such as VRBO and Airbnb saw a collapse in demand and revenue due to travel restrictions and the economic fallout...
Ever had a tenant fly into a rage because their refrigerator went out, ruining all of their food? Landlords know what a big deal it is when things break at their properties. Sometimes it’s something small like a window AC unit, but sometimes it’s something major like...
When renters lose their jobs, landlords tend to lose their rental income. Sure, most got a $1,200 stimulus check, and can go on unemployment to receive temporary assistance. But with over 45 million Americans unemployed (and millions more added every week), many...
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, some pundits leapt to the conclusion that “the FIRE movement is dead, long live the FIRE movement!” They couldn’t have been more wrong. More than ever before, the core values of reaching financial independence ring true. When a...
The unemployment rate has reached levels not seen since the Great Depression, with analysts estimating the real unemployment rate between 20-25%. This reality is pushing people to find creative ways to make money — including real estate investing. But financing an...
Turnovers are ROI killers. There’s the lost income, during the vacancy. You also have to pay the mortgage, and pay to keep the utilities on. Most residential units need to be repainted. Tack on another several thousand dollars. Do you need new carpets? Often...
The full extent of the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the real estate market is not yet known, and with uncertainty comes more risk. If you’re buying houses to flip or for long-term investment, do you really know what the value will be in the coming months and...
What can landlords legally charge as late fees for rent? It depends on your state’s landlord-tenant laws, and in some cases your local city regulations. Many states don’t explicitly limit the amount that landlords can charge, but require that it be “reasonable.” Talk...
In late March 2020, Congress approved an unprecedented $2 trillion ($2,200,000,000,000) stimulus package to avert the widespread collapse of businesses and employment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Reserve announced that it will buy an indefinite...
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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!
Yes, it takes money to invest in real estate. Your own money, not just lenders' money. But that doesn't mean you can't occasionally bend the rules. As you explore ways to get started investing in real estate without an enormous trust fund, consider some of the...
Sure, every recession is unique. A snowflake. And there are plenty of differences between 2020's COVID-induced recession and the Great Recession of 2008-2009. But that doesn't mean we can't learn from past recessions, particularly one as recent as the Great Recession....
Credit markets tightened up as COVID-19 seized the country (and the world). For real estate investors who rely on investment property loans to finance their property portfolio, that's a huge problem. So where can real estate investors turn for funds, in the grip of...
With evictions largely banned in the US, how can landlords protect their rental income? The short answer: prevention and protection. Deni and Brian walk through how to avoid the kinds of tenants that will stop paying, and how to protect your rental income streams even...
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.