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How to Split Income From Your Real Estate Portfolio Under the New Income Splitting Rule

Happy Valentine’s day everyone! It has been quite a week getting back from the sunny south to this winter wonderland. I just had a great conversation with my tax mentor, a retired partner at Deloitte to discuss the possibility of…
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A Simple Way to Minimize Taxes That Works for Airbnb Owners

New year resolution is tough. Waking up early is tough when you have an event the previous night. I’m already falling off the waggon on the 2nd week of January. But… it was a lot of fun doing a presentation on Airbnb.  I spent…
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How to Become Financially Secure When You’re Not a Millionaire

It’s 2019. As an entrepreneur, I just completed my annual goal review and goal setting exercise. One of the things I noticed from my review was that I had been lazy in 2018 – didn’t follow much of my regular morning routine. …
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The Ugly Truth About CRA HST New Housing Rebates

My dad, being the grandpa, hadn’t seen my kids for years, until last month. My kids are just three and four years old, and they don’t know any better.  When we go shopping at a store, they generally don’t ask to get anything. When…
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Answered: Your Most Burning Tax Questions About Building a New House

November was a fun month. We attended my brother’s wedding in Hong Kong, and we got to spend a week with a bunch of close friends on a 7-day cruise. As always, I’m incredibly grateful for the help of my team to allow me to take a long…
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How to Build a Successful Real Estate Business You Can Be Proud of

I’m a real estate investor and an entrepreneur. For each property/business I’m in, there’s always a setup period. Some are longer than the other. I was making less than 5 figures for the first 2 to 3 years. I was making all the amateur…
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10 Lessons Learned From Analyzing Commercial Properties

A couple of weeks ago, Erwin and his friends found a mixed-used property that they’re interested in. The property is located on a busy street, across the street from a site that was sold to a developer.  This site will be home to a future…
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Contractors: 3 Business Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level

My dad is a general contractor in Hong Kong. My brother works for him as a project manager. My dad loves to share with me how much business he has completed in the last year. He loves to talk about the top line, revenue. Revenue, he does…

How to Deduct Travel Expense by Avoiding This Cirque Du Soleil’s $38M Mistake

I spent a few days in Hong Kong last week attending my grandma’s funeral.  (Thank you for all the clients who’ve reached out.  Much appreciated.) While I was there prepping for this week’s blog post, I found a court case about Cirque…
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How to Maximize HST Claims When Purchasing a New Vehicle

My cousin got married in May 2016 in Hong Kong. Robin was 2.5 years old, and Bruce was 10-month-old at the time. We would have cramped in a less than 800 square foot condo one bathroom with a total of 4 adults and two kids with my family…