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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 and…
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5 HST Planning Tips for Developers and Builders

This summer has been tough. A close client passed away suddenly at the age of 52, leaving his wife, his children, his family, friends and JV partners all in shock. At the visitation of his funeral, packed with his friends and families,…
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Lease vs. buy: How to get a new car that maximizes tax savings

Our lease on our Honda Odyssey was ending coming October. One of our friends got a plug-in hybrid earlier this year.  This plug-in hybrid is considered a “green vehicle” which would allow him to drive on HOV lane on 400 series highway. For…
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6 Common Tax Questions Asked by Top 200 Realtors & Investors

Happy Mother's day to all of you. It's a special year this year. I finally got to spend my mother's day with my mom, the superhero in my life. 😊 She's in town to visit for a week, spending some quality time with us and enjoying…

3 Key Steps You Should Take Before Quitting Your Job (or Facing Any Obstacle)

A couple days ago, I had an consultation with a new client. He works as a teacher and he’s debating whether he should leave his job. He loves teaching but he hates all the politics around the job. Hence, he has a few properties on…
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BEHIND THE INCOME TAX ACT: WOW! The Tax Secret Only Small Business Owners Can Enjoy

I was doing my usual class at Rock Star Real Estate Brokerage this past Saturday. As I was discussing the new Federal tax changes to small businesses and how it could affect some of the real estate investors, one person mentioned the upcoming…

The Other Side of Real Estate Investing Nobody Talks About

We are real estate investors and coaches.   As coaches, we tell our clients to hire property managers.  As a minimum, we tell them to budget for property management fees. Both Erwin and I are entrepreneurs, we have different businesses,…

5 Tax Impacts on Real Estate Investors from the Proposed Tax Changes on Private Corporation

We are changing our office number! I am in the middle of switching my business phone network from a US carrier to a Canadian carrier.  Although we can work out the logistics to port the old number over, I’m assigned a new number temporarily…
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4 Tax Lessons Every Small Business Owner Needs to Follow

Recently I had a couple of gatherings with my old accounting firm colleagues.   Back in the day, in order to get licensed we were required to work in an accounting firm to get experience.  Many of the junior staff were indeed fresh grads…
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Budget 2017: What You Need to Know as Small Business Owners & Real Estate Investors

This week marked the completion of our Crossfit Open 2017.  It’s my first time participating in it and it was a lot of fun. I mentioned in my last blog post that I belonged to this 18-34 age group, mixed together with the best…