Explore how designing your finances to match your desired lifestyle can open doors to new adventures. In today’s episode, Brian Davis, founder of SparkRental, shares how living abroad with his family inspired a location-independent lifestyle supported by passive real estate investments. Learn about Brian’s process for vetting sponsors and deals as a community, and how syndications have allowed him the freedom to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities while diversifying his portfolio.
About Brian Davis
- Brian Davis is a seasoned real estate investor, finance expert, and the founder of SparkRental. With over two decades of experience in the real estate and finance industries, Brian brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Brian advocates for creating a lifestyle aligned with personal priorities and utilizing passive real estate investments to support a location-independent way of living.
Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:
[04:17] Brian’s real estate investing journey
[10:47] How location independence affects your investing
[15:07] Brian’s real estate investing club
[26:15] Tips for vetting sponsors
[34:30] Investment club due diligence process
[40:27] Designing a lifestyle based on your family’s needs and what you want to do
[10:47] How Location Independence Affects Investing
Living abroad and pursuing a location-independent lifestyle can significantly impact your real estate investing approach. It may push you towards passive investment options, make active investing in rental properties more challenging, inspire financial restructuring, motivate diversification across asset classes and geographies, provide more freedom to take risks and allow for higher investment returns to support a location-independent lifestyle without relying on W-2 income.
[15:07] How the Real Estate Investing Club Works
- Brian’s real estate investing club is a unique community where members collaborate to vet deals. They charge a flat membership fee instead of taking a portion of invested funds or selling securities. Club members receive tailored investment opportunities via email and can join video calls with sponsors. With a minimum investment of $5,000 per person, they pool resources to meet syndication thresholds. This approach fosters informed decision-making and enables investors to contribute smaller amounts collectively. To streamline the process, Brian and his partner create separate LLCs for each member participating in a specific deal, simplifying communication and decision-making with sponsors.
- [26:15] Tips for Vetting Sponsors
- Thoroughly research a sponsor’s track record, including past deal performance, number of completed deals, and their longevity in the business. Consider their experience across different market cycles and ask about their views on current risks and how they mitigate them. Evaluate the thoughtfulness of their answers. Inquire about their underwriting process and assumptions, analyzing deals for reasonable and conservative exit cap rates and rent growth projections. If possible, speak to past investors or ask for referrals to check their reputation.
This show is for entertainment purposes only. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. Before making any decisions, consult a professional. This show is copyrighted by Passive Investing from Left Field and Left Field Investors. Written permissions must be granted before syndication or rebroadcasting.
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