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Bruce Wayne’s Future Education: Why the 20% “free money” from the government really isn't worth it?!

Hello real estate investors, We have nicknamed our son Bruce, Bruce Wayne (Batman), ever since we found out he’s a boy from the ultrasound. We are so used to this name that we decided to name him Bruce. Too bad we are not parents of…
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Our Children’s Future Education: Using Real Estate Instead of RESPs

It’s difficult for me to picture how I will be when this blog post is posted. My son, Bruce, will be a week old and I will be exhausted. Last blog post, I discussed how we got ourselves ready for our first baby, Robin. We purchased a house…
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The Person Who Signs Your Paycheck Controls Your Life

“The person who signs your paycheck controls your life. Shouldn’t that person be you?” ~ Robert Kiyosaki I just saw this quote from Robert Kiyosaki’s facebook page today. Many of us know him as the author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad”.…
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Tax Filing Deadlines and Penalties

Have you been enjoying the warmer weather outside yet? Despite the great weather, I am not as lucky as my little one, who gets to enjoy the outdoors everyday. We are in the middle of March, usually the toughest time of the year for accountants…
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How Can You Use Your RRSP to Invest in Real Estate?

Many investors ask me how they can invest their money within their Registered Retirement Saving Plans (RRSPs) in real estate without collapsing the plans and incur a large amount of tax liability. (This article applies to Registered Education…
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How to Look at the ROI on Your Investment Property the Right Way

Recently, I had a few discussions with clients that complained about not getting sufficient cash flow from their investment. Cash flow may be one measure to evaluate your investment return, but you also need to take into account 2 other components: Mortgage…
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Earn Money by Preserving the Principal Residence Exemption Status of Your Home!

As real estate investors, I would assume the majority of us have read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad written by Robert Kiyosaki. It was the book that changed my life and my perspective on money. Being a Chartered Accountant, I was blessed to…
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Tax Tip from a Retired Accounting Firm Partner About Setting Up Corporations

Hello fellow real estate investors, Just before the holidays, I had the opportunity to meet up with my long-time mentor, a retired partner at the biggest accounting firm in Canada. His practice is built primarily around small business. A lot…
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Montreal Woman Gets Slapped by CRA: What You can Learn and Need to know from Her Shortcomings

Happy New Year everyone :) My family and I just came back from one week long vacation in Florida. Despite the flight delay which caused us to miss the cruise we were supposed to go on, the weather was fantastic and the Ft Lauderdale beach…
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Getting Hooked on Real Estate Investments: The Snow Ball Effect of Buying a Single Family Townhouse

It was fall of 2010. I was working crazy hours for a private label pet food manufacturing company managing their Thailand plants from Canada. I found the job stressful and tiring. It didn’t help that I had to commute from Richmond Hill to…