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Money Matters And Mediation with Frank Newman

Money Matters And Mediation with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 23, Aug 2017

Last week was Money Week. I thought every week was money week but apparently we only need to think about money one week of the year and the remainder of the time we can think about the various other causes that have weeks attached to them.

Why Is My House  Cold And What  Can I Do  About It? with Michael Botur

Why Is My House Cold And What Can I Do About It? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 22, Aug 2017

Want a perfectly warm house? It’s simple: the trick is to board up all your windows, cover up all those beautiful floorboards, take away all doors, recessed lights and electrical outlets, nail shut the cat flap, seal the fireplace and any other aperture to the outside world, thus ensuring no air gets in… or out.

Political Manias And Meltdowns with Frank Newman

Political Manias And Meltdowns with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 16, Aug 2017

The election campaign has already brought up its share of extraordinary events: the self-mutilation of the Green Party leadership and the rise of Jacindamania.

How Mowing  The Lawn Can  Reduce Depression  with Michael Botur

How Mowing The Lawn Can Reduce Depression with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 16, Aug 2017

The Mental Health Foundation of NZ recognises that Seasonal Affective Disorder is not just some urban legend. While SAD can be symptomatic of more chronic depression – for which you should ring 0800 111 757 ASAP - there is plenty we can do to alleviate SAD.

“Bubble Talk” And How To Be Prepared with Carie Townley

“Bubble Talk” And How To Be Prepared with Carie Townley

Our House = Our Home: 15, Aug 2017

With house prices surging around the world, it’s been predicted by some that New Zealand’s housing bubble will burst.

Matariki  Maintenance In  The Winter  Weather with Michael Botur

Matariki Maintenance In The Winter Weather with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 09, Aug 2017

Okay, okay, look, before I begin whinging about what the winter weather is doing to our homes: we do have it pretty sweet in Northland. Our winters consist of a lot of sunshine with a bit of rain and frost.

Interest Rates, Affordability And Tax Loopholes with Frank Newman

Interest Rates, Affordability And Tax Loopholes with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 09, Aug 2017

The latest issue of ANZ Property Focus has some useful commentary about fixed rate mortgages.

Pre-Settlement Inspection –  What To Check with Thomas Biss

Pre-Settlement Inspection –  What To Check with Thomas Biss

Law & Finance: 02, Aug 2017

One of the more contentious steps in buying a house is the pre-settlement inspection.

Soaring Land Values with Frank Newman

Soaring Land Values with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 02, Aug 2017

Last week a government research agency, the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, released a report confirming what many have been saying for years. The report is called Quantifying the impact of land use regulation: Evidence from New Zealand and is available online. The question it sought to answer was, “What has caused the price of New Zealand houses to soar in recent years?”.

Withdrawing KiwiSaver For Your First Home with Michael Botur

Withdrawing KiwiSaver For Your First Home with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 02, Aug 2017

Over the past month, I decided to withdraw my KiwiSaver money from the investment fund managing it and take it over to the investment fund of my bank.

The Truth  About  Soundproof with Michael Botur

The Truth About Soundproof with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 26, Jul 2017

I think I’ve finally figured out why my house cost less than $300,000: noise from the busy road outside makes my place less than desirable. 

Record Property Prices And A Load Of Rubbish with Frank Newman

Record Property Prices And A Load Of Rubbish with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 26, Jul 2017

The June issue of ANZ Property Focus had a section called “Who’s hot and who’s not”. Northland was included, in the ‘what’s hot’ section. This is what they had to say:

A History Of  Home Loans with Michael Botur

A History Of Home Loans with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 19, Jul 2017

The national median house price is over $546000. Is that an affordable figure?

Know the Tax Rules Before Buying or Selling Land with Ian Reeves

Know the Tax Rules Before Buying or Selling Land with Ian Reeves

Law & Finance: 19, Jul 2017

Ian Reeves explains how the bright-line test and Residential Land Withholding Tax rules could affect you when selling land in NZ.

Council Doors Closed To  Public Say with Frank Newman

Council Doors Closed To Public Say with Frank Newman

Property Investment: 18, Jul 2017

This year the Whangarei District Council (WDC) took the unusual step of not consulting the public on its Annual Plan.

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