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Documentation matters when it comes to CRA audit

Starting in 2011, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been going after the New Home HST rebate program for a few years now. Many of the new home buyers intended to move into the new homes, but circumstances change in the few years of construction.…
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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…

The Birth of a Child, Life Insurance and Moving into a New Home: How to Plan for the Near Future

By the time you read this post, hopefully our new baby will have been born. He’s our second child. I still remember how busy we were trying to get ready for Robin’s arrival, our first child. This time we are much calmer. The first time…

Starting from Nothing to Owning a Million Dollar Home in 15 Years! The Canadian Dream Does Come True!

When I said nothing, I really mean nothing. My uncle, Uncle John, who’s merely 7 years older than me, had nothing when he first landed in Canada. It wouldn’t be far off if you use the term FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) to describe how he got…
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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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Principal Residence Exemption - Part1: What I learned from the most recent Professional Development course

March break is underway. With the interest rate reduction announced earlier by Bank of Canada, spring market seems to be hotter than ever. Many people are interested in investing in this real estate market, especially the condo market. Recently…
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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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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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Happy Holidays: Your Last Tax Tip Before the End of the 2014 Year!

I can’t believe that it's almost the end of the year. I would like to start off with a 'thank you' to everyone who has made our lives special this year. Our biggest blessing this year is the arrival of our lovely daughter. She’s made our…