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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:

The Debt Snowball Method, FIRE, and Real Estate Investing

The Debt Snowball Method, FIRE, and Real Estate Investing

  When you’ve got extra money in your budget for financial goals, should you allocate it toward aggressive debt payoff or invest it? Financial experts love to point to math that shows investing is usually the best place for your money, but that decision proves...

The Best Cities for Real Estate Investing in 2020, Based on Rental Cap Rates

The Best Cities for Real Estate Investing in 2020, Based on Rental Cap Rates

Ever get sick of hearing people glibly spout “Location, location, location!”, whenever real estate comes up in a conversation? Yet most real estate investors never look much further beyond their own backyard, when deciding where to invest. Which is why we wanted to...

REI Property Pro Review: Is the Suite of Tools Worth the Cost?

REI Property Pro Review: Is the Suite of Tools Worth the Cost?

More Americans are becoming interested in real estate investing. Which means more companies are creating tools to help them do it. In mid-2019, the Wall Street Journal noted that the number of investors purchasing residential property to “flip” – sell short-term for...

Apartment Amenities in Demand: Housing Features Tenants Want Most

Apartment Amenities in Demand: Housing Features Tenants Want Most

As an investor, every dollar spent needs to justify itself. You have to weigh which real estate amenities are worth your extra money based on which can garner higher rental rates, better tenants, and stronger loyalty. Some apartment amenities are consistently in...

How to Invest in Real Estate: 12 Types of Real Estate Investments

How to Invest in Real Estate: 12 Types of Real Estate Investments

I love real estate investments as a source of income. Whether you’re looking to earn a quick return through wholesaling or flipping, or earn ongoing passive income from rental properties, there are dozens of strategies and types of real estate investing. Most real...

What Is Wholesaling Real Estate? Is It Too Good to Be True?

What Is Wholesaling Real Estate? Is It Too Good to Be True?

For most of us, the term "wholesale" refers to the lower price that a business pays for items, compared to the retail price that they sell to consumers. It turns out that real estate wholesaling works exactly the same way. But in the case of wholesale real estate, the...

How to Buy Foreclosures: How John Nets $20,000 in Monthly Rents

How to Buy Foreclosures: How John Nets $20,000 in Monthly Rents

At 30, John Soforic was broke. But he had a vision: he wanted to earn $220,000 per year in passive income. So he wrote himself a check for $220,000, which he set aside where he would see it. By his late 40s, that vision had become reality. Not that he waited that long...

Rental Property Deduction Checklist: 20 Tax Deductions for Landlords in 2020

Rental Property Deduction Checklist: 20 Tax Deductions for Landlords in 2020

The billionaires of the world are not doctors or lawyers, they’re entrepreneurs. Specifically, they are people who started their own businesses, whether those businesses are online, brick and mortar, or real estate empires. Starting and owning a business provides a...

When Should Landlords Add a Co-Signer on a Lease?

When Should Landlords Add a Co-Signer on a Lease?

“I’m sorry, but you need a regular income and a good credit rating to lease one of our apartments,” Mary Keller explained to the anxious 20-year-old student eager to lease a one-bedroom unit in the popular Harlan House Apartments near the University of Arkansas. The...

Who Is This 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 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.

Spark Rental Blog Guest Post Policy

This is our skeptical face. Persuade us you’re not another hack!

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:

  1. Domain score of 60 or higher, per Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest tool.
  2. 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.
  3. In-depth articles on unique topics not found elsewhere online.
  4. 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.

11 + 3 =

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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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