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3 Short Videos on How to Pay Less Tax and Stay on the Right Side of the Tax Man

Snowstorms, extreme cold weather alerts, school closures, kids sick… those are just a few things that we, Canadians, have battled with this past week. Kids ain't afraid of the cold. Had so much fun making snow angel and sleeping in the…
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Grow Real Estate Portfolio and Get Asset Protection Without Losing Sleep at Night

It was Saturday morning and I was still sore very sort from the work out the previous week. I started browsing the yoga classes schedule available to do some stretching and realized that there was a kids’ yoga class for 5 years old and…
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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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6 Simple Ways to Create Freedom that Works for Real Estate Investors

I had a rare and candid business conversation with my dad and Erwin one night. He asked us about our numbers and how our businesses are structured. He was fascinated that we could be away for two weeks while our businesses are still running…
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4 Simple Ways to Solve the Canadian Housing Issue

A few months ago, I saw a piece of artwork at Queens Quay park.  The artist was expressing the ideal of “everyone is entitled to have a place to live” through this art piece. Erwin and I are currently in Hong Kong with the kids. Yep,…
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The Danger of Reporting Multiple Years of Losses

A couple of months ago, I met with a real estate investor for an initial consultation. As part of the process, I asked him what his long-term goals are.  He said, “I would like to give up my job one day to volunteer full time and give…
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How to Pay 13.5% Small Business Tax on Rental Income

Did you see this headline – “Liberal government writes off $1.1B US loan, plus interest, docs show” on MSN.com? Federal government wrote off a loan made to Chrysler during the 2009 global economic meltdown. I believe in making progress…
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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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Ontario Landlord Watch Conference & 3 Common HST Scenarios When Building a New House

Today, I got the opportunity to speak to Kayla, the founder of a group called Ontario Landlord Watch. She has started Ontario Landlord Watch initiative since 2010, acting as a voice to our government advocating fairness among landlords…
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Top 6 Considerations When Buying a Rental Property in Your Adult Child’s Name

I always knew I wanted to go to University of Waterloo, despite my parents don’t really know much about it at the time. My dad lives in Hong Kong. All he had heard of was University of Toronto. I always lived off campus, except my master…