Hiatus – Off to Chase My Dreams

I will continue to take a hiatus from this blog and crowdCONNX as I focus more fully on writing my second book, The Walls Have Painted Eyes: The Story of the Mural Artworks of Michelle Loughery Building Connections within Communities and People.

In the mean time I hope you all find meaning and purpose in your life, read good books often and takes steps to secure your finances. I know I will be.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.44.02 AMWith that in mind I recommend Tony Robbin’s Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. I am half way through it, have received a wake up call and loads of inspiration and advice from the masters themselves. You can also take my advice and invest in real estate as I have, plus support me on my journey but purchasing a copy of my first book The Bartender is Your Landlord: Why the Wealthy Elite Invest in Real Estate and How Anyone can Join Their Ranks. 

Take care of yourselves,



Financial Statement Analysis For Successful Investment — Simplistic success

One of the key components of long-term investing is finding strong companies that will have a consistent dependable growth pattern. Proper value investments can be achieved through financial statement analysis of stock(s) you are interested in investing in. Income statement The income statement or profit and loss statement provides details of a companies revenue and…

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Book List: Books That Can Change Your Life

Making an intentional change in your life is not that easy of a thing to accomplish. I know this as I have made a few and continue to struggle to make a few more. Below is a list of books that have helped me along the way. I hope they help you.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki is the book that taught me how to think about money. Without this book I never would have invested, bought real estate or wrote my first book The Bartender is Your Landlord: Why The Wealthy Elite Invest in Real Estate and How Anyone Can Join Their Ranks. Hence this book is at the top of the list as it inspired the most changes in my life.

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 9.23.17 AMClean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Alejandro Junger will change how you think about food, leaving you with a healthy body, more energy and less ailments. Add a little exercise and meditation to the eating guidelines in this book and you will be on your way to an amazing life!

Ancient Wisdom: Modern World by Dalai Lama has the potential to change how you view the people around you and how you treat them, perhaps leaving you happier and more content in your own life. Wonderful read.

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.33.29 AMLiving with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy by Mallika Chopra is a quick read allowing the reader a glimpse into the life of someone quite similar to ourselves on her journey to finding her purpose. Fun and educational.

Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chödrön not only teaches the art of mindfulness but shows us how to use it to stop making the same mistakes If you are looking for change this book can help bring it about. Certainly helped me with my temper.



Coverage Ratio is an Excellent Indication of a Solid Investment Property

bartenderlandlordcoverCoverage Ratio is always my favourite indicator for the health of a possible real estate investment property. There are two main reasons for this.

The first is a good coverage ratio shows that the property’s income is enough to both cover it’s historical and projected expenses as well as the mortgage (principal and interest payments) without the investor having to fork out more of his or her own money.

The second reason is that the bank or mortgage broker looks at the coverage ratio as one their primary guides for loaning applications. They will of course look at you and your financial strength as well. You can seriously improve your chances of receiving your loan at the most favourable rate if you arrive with your numbers in hand with a beyond satisfactory cover ratio worked out in advance. This small exercise will set you miles apart from the average real estate investor that sits before them.

So what is a coverage ratio? Coverage ratio is your net income (income after all bills are paid) divided by your total debt services (mortgage interest plus principal). So if your net income was $1000 and your total debt services was $800 you would have 1000/800=1.25 or a coverage ratio of 1.25.

Today banks and mortgage brokers are typically looking for 1.2 to 1.3. I recommend you go in with something much higher. At least 1.5 if possible.

You can find a 7 step guide to real estate investing on our company site www.skopikinvestments.com which highlights the various steps we recommend you take. You can also check out my book The Bartender is Your Landlord: Why the Wealthy Elite Invest in Real Estate and How Anyone Can Join Their Ranks for reasons why I think everyone should and can invest invest in real estate.

Watch “Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki’s Top 10 Rules For Success” on YouTube

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Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki – The Book That Changed How I Understand Money

I picked up Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki on the advice of a good friend who I eventually went into business with. I can say with certainty that Rich Dad changed my life for the better. I will admit though, I hesitated nearly a year before reading it… Like many others I viewed this book as a self-help book with all the negative connotations those who are afraid of change use to keep themselves stuck. I cannot thank my friend enough for breaking me of that habit.

Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 9.55.59 AMThe basic understanding Mr. Kiyosaki displays in this quick read is one of assets versus liabilities and how to use assets to escape the rat race. This book is both informative and entertaining. It is by no means a chore to read; as many other financial books can be. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels trapped in their job. This is not a guide book with all the answers, but it will give you the boost you need to get moving into a direction that will be both more fulfilling and financially rewarding.

I have read many other books since Rich Dad yet it remains the one that helped me make the greatest change in how I perceived my life and further how I choose to live it.


First Post = First Book

It seems fitting that my very first post should be a plug for my very first book. The Bartender is Your Landlord; Why the Wealthy Elite Invest in Real Estate and How Anyone Can Join Their Ranks is me trying to inspire other regular guys like me to take their financial future into their own hands through investing, particularly by becoming a landlord. This book is not so much a how to as a why to. I hope you enjoy it and begin the process of securing your future today.

Future posts will be anything from reviews of books I have enjoyed, to philosophies, poetry, wine or restaurants I have enjoyed; as well as updates on my future books.

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