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Case Study: 5 Lessons Learned From Lily Buying a Pre-Construction Detached Home

I guess I wrote a somewhat controversial blog post last week, causing a few comments on the Facebook. For the parents out there with young kids, I want to make this point clear – I am not opposed to free daycare.   I have two young…
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Top 10 Deductions a Real Estate Investor Should not Miss [Revisited]

2018 is an exciting year. I shared with all of you in an earlier blog post about my 'why', my reason for doing all that I do, which is to be the best I can be. To do this with my accounting practice, I’ve made some plans to provide…
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Tax Implication for Giving Incentives to Attract Tenants

If you read news, you would have noticed the massive coverage on the recent ruling against the Former USA gymnastics doctor Nassar.   If you don’t know already, he sexually assaulted and molested girls that were on the USA Olympic team.…
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8 Factors to Consider Before Becoming a Commercial Plaza Landlord

I used to do property management for a few commercial plazas. They are mostly located outside of Toronto.  One of them happened to be in Burlington. Because the operation was small, I did everything.  From rental contract, real estate…
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2 Strategies to Reduce Your Capital Gain Tax at Year-End

Recently I finished listening to the book Leaders Eat Last written by Simon Sinek. There's a lot of great advice, as usual, by Simon.  But one of the ideas that sticks with me the most was his comment about American politicians in the past…

The CRA's Recent Court Order on Real Estate Flipping

How did you spend your Thanksgiving this past weekend? We spent the Saturday with a bunch of Superheroes delivering food baskets to 300 families at the Hamilton Basket Brigade . Delivering to 300 families was no easy job.  Normally,…
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Retiring on Real Estate

Real Estate is still the best retirement option you can find out there. Erwin and I are a very fortunate couple.  In the past few years, we have been able to enjoy a week with our family at our friends’ family cottages up north. This…
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Estate Planning Tip: Be Aware of these Pitfalls Using this Strategy to Avoid Probate & My Miracle Morning Routine Revealed

I listened to the audiobook The Miracle Morning written by Hal Elroy.  It was nothing that I didn’t hear before, but it serves as a great reminder for me to continue my early morning commitment. Recently I have been slacking a bit with…
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You Need to Use the '5 Second Rule' to Get Anything Done & Here's Why the 15% Foreign Buyers Tax Won’t Work

Many of you have probably heard about 5 second rule before.   Usually it is related to dropping food on the floor, but if you pick up the food within 5 second, you can still eat it. The 5 second rule I am talking about is a book written…
Little Known Tax Impact of Refinancing Your Properties

Little Known Tax Impact of Refinancing Your Properties

“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it” ~ Napolean Hill. Although I didn’t grow up in a wealthy family, my parents worked extremely hard to provide everything we wanted in our lives for us. As…