Articles: Speak Easy

Colour Your  Walls, Colour  Your Mood with Michael Botur

Colour Your Walls, Colour Your Mood with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 18, Apr 2018

My lounge has a retro (read: outdated) palate of orange and yellow.

Blaming Baby  Boomers For  Pricey Properties with Michael Botur

Blaming Baby Boomers For Pricey Properties with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 11, Apr 2018

You’ve likely heard of Empty Nest Syndrome, but have you heard of Baby-Bird-Returns-To-Nest-To-Be-Henpecked Syndrome? It’s a condition which afflicts some Northland writers.

The Little  Factors In Big  Developments with Michael Botur

The Little Factors In Big Developments with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 04, Apr 2018

I have a friend who has just moved into a new subdivision off Panama Road, Mt Wellington in Auckland

Does Your Hood  Harm Your  Health? with Michael Botur

Does Your Hood Harm Your Health? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 28, Mar 2018

I’m not here to suggest living near a McDonald’s will make you fatter. That’s a crusade for the District Health Board.

Renting In  Northland: A Darwinian  Struggle with Michael Botur

Renting In Northland: A Darwinian Struggle with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 21, Mar 2018

How do we know the situation for house renters in Northland is out of control?

What Is Walkability  And Why Does It Matter? with Michael Botur

What Is Walkability And Why Does It Matter? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 13, Mar 2018

If you head to http://www.WalkScore.com and type in your address, within a second you’ll get results rating your home according to how easy it is to walk to places you need in life. The most negative scores describe addresses as “car-dependent.”

The State Of  State Houses with Michael Botur

The State Of State Houses with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 07, Mar 2018

Have you come across people acting shocked about state houses being valued highly?

What Happened  To The Kiwi Bach? with Michael Botur

What Happened To The Kiwi Bach? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 28, Feb 2018

Just a couple of weeks ago my man-on-the-left-page Frank Newman wrote about baches in this very publication and noted the massive rise in values that a waterfront premium puts on a place, as well as all the money at stake when you turn the family bach over to outsiders, whether renting or selling.

Can The Census  Solve Cold, Cramped Homes?  with Michael Botur

Can The Census Solve Cold, Cramped Homes?  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 21, Feb 2018

Census 2018 opens two weeks before Census night on March 6. As always, the census is expected to capture plenty of protest comments.

Would You Live  On Elm Street? with Michael Botur

Would You Live On Elm Street? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 14, Feb 2018

I live on Kiripaka Road in Tikipunga, but until last month, though, I never paused to wonder what Kiripaka and Tikipunga mean.

We Need To Talk  About  Christchurch with Michael Botur

We Need To Talk About Christchurch with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 07, Feb 2018

Christchurch is a city like no other. The population to its outskirts is about 400,000 meaning around one in twelve Kiwis lives there.

Love Thy Neighbour –  It Could Be Good  For Your  House Value with Michael Botur

Love Thy Neighbour –  It Could Be Good For Your House Value with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 31, Jan 2018

How seriously should we take the concepts of neighbours, neighbourhoods and neighbourliness?

Do Property  Investors and Government Get  Along? with Michael Botur

Do Property Investors and Government Get Along? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 17, Jan 2018

The current government doesn’t seem to impress the NZ Property Investors Federation, but that cuts both ways. The NZPIF, which is the umbrella body for 20 local PIFs around the country and represents 7000 property investors, doesn’t seem to impress the government, either, in my opinion

Who Says Real  Estate Agents  Will Be Out  of a Job? with Michael Botur

Who Says Real Estate Agents Will Be Out of a Job? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 10, Jan 2018

Greetings, traveller.

Thanks, Foreigners, For Invading with Michael Botur

Thanks, Foreigners, For Invading with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 20, Dec 2017

Right now there is a seven foot tall foreign monstrosity in my lounge. He’s covered in cultural ornamentation, he’s bleeding and shedding skin everywhere, his stench permeates the house and he won’t leave for a month.

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