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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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?

Is It Worth  Having A Pet? with Michael Botur

Is It Worth Having A Pet? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 12, Jul 2017

Pets lower property value, but they also improve the lives of property owners.

Burglar Buster with Michael Botur

Burglar Buster with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 05, Jul 2017

On May 15 my garage was burgled. Around $800 of stuff was stolen including my bike and my son’s bike.

Northland’s Economy: Let’s Not Get  Economic With  The Truth with Michael Botur

Northland’s Economy: Let’s Not Get Economic With The Truth with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 28, Jun 2017

ASB’s Regional Economic Scoreboard, based on updates from The Main Report Group, said in its March update that Northland is NZ’s second fastest growing region, based on employment, construction, retail trade, and house prices.

To Build Or Not To Build? with Michael Botur

To Build Or Not To Build? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 21, Jun 2017

To Build Or Not To Build? Sections vs Second Hand Homes

Home Improvement with Michael Botur

Home Improvement with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 14, Jun 2017

Home Improvement: How Far Our Houses Have Come In 800 Years

Housework And Yard Work: Do It Yourself And Feel Awesome with Michael Botur

Housework And Yard Work: Do It Yourself And Feel Awesome with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 07, Jun 2017

Reasons we all procrastinate about housework, yardwork, DIY and maintenance may include:

Property Minus: Bother With Burglars with Michael Botur

Property Minus: Bother With Burglars with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 24, May 2017

My garage was burgled this month by some “people” who stole bikes and tools.

Housing And Property  In The Election:  Which Parties  Promise What with Michael Botur

Housing And Property In The Election:  Which Parties Promise What with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 17, May 2017

A few years ago as a young reporter I was assigned the job of rooting through the manifesto of every party campaigning in the general election of 2014. It was fascinating: parties which a lot of us might have assumed were disorganised had some really organised policies in their manifesto (I remember NZ First and the Maori Party had detailed positions on almost every issue), while other parties which should have been better prepared seemed really lacking to me (as I recall, the Conservative Party had very few policies in writing as the election loomed.)
Anyway, this year’s general election is September 23. Every party that wants to form a government will affect housing somehow, so here are some of the policies to take note of. This is not a comprehensive list, just some highlights I’ve either heard before or am pleasantly surprised by:

I Approve of  Pre-Approval with Michael Botur

I Approve of Pre-Approval with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 10, May 2017

The media’s go-to economist Shamubeel Eaqub said in March the home ownership rate, falling since the 1990s, is now at its lowest level since 1946. He’s written an entire book called Generation Rent and says in 2013, 43 percent of people aged 30–39 years owned their home – down from 54.6 percent in 2001.

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