Articles: Speak Easy

How Long Do  Newly Built  Homes Last? with Michael Botur

How Long Do Newly Built Homes Last? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 12, Dec 2018

Reporters will make news out of anything. I mean, when I was an anxious young reporter busting out stories for NZME., we would get handed the latest statistics from some government department and our job was to make headlines out of any slight movement in the numbers.

Looking Back On  Kiwi Homes From  The Year 2118 with Michael Botur

Looking Back On Kiwi Homes From The Year 2118 with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 07, Nov 2018

It’s hard to predict how people will live in 2118. Climate change may lead to a slight population decline, with less land, although at the same time, there are going to be bucketloads of people (the UN estimates there will be 11.2 billion earthlings in 2100).

Is The MBIE  Really Beating  Up Landlords? with Michael Botur

Is The MBIE Really Beating Up Landlords? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 31, Oct 2018

Not long ago, I heard a property manager refer to the MBIE Renting And You Roadshow as a ‘Beat Up Landlords Roadshow.’

The 56-page Standard Building Contract: With Michael Botur

The 56-page Standard Building Contract: With Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 24, Oct 2018

The 56-page Standard Building Contract: More Than Just A Cure For Insomnia

Material  Concerns with Michael Botur

Material Concerns with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 17, Oct 2018

A Productivity Commission inquiry into housing affordability in 2012 indicated what we pay for building materials for a new home was 76 per cent higher here than in Australia.

Why Building  Standards Are  Being Given Away with Michael Botur

Why Building Standards Are Being Given Away with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 10, Oct 2018

Builders have plenty of reason to get frustrated around building rules and standards. The rules can be loopy; the standards can be expensive or complicated to follow (even the NZ Standard building contract, NZS 3902:2004 is 56 pages long).

Where Are We Up To With Women In Construction? with Michael Botur

Where Are We Up To With Women In Construction? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 03, Oct 2018

The 2016 PwC report looking at female participation in building and construction found the number of women joining the industry increased 45 per cent.

Builders Can Now Get Microcredentials. Have We Set The  Bar Too Low? with Michael Botur

Builders Can Now Get Microcredentials. Have We Set The Bar Too Low? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 26, Sep 2018

Recently I mused on the panic around the skills shortage in NZ which has seen tens of thousands of overseas workers let into NZ on building visas. 

We Want Houses Fast, Good And Cheap.  Can We Only  Pick Two? with Michael Botur

We Want Houses Fast, Good And Cheap.  Can We Only Pick Two? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 19, Sep 2018

People have been going nuts at government and councils because Kiwibuild houses haven’t sprung up quickly enough. Can we really rush homes, though? It would be a disaster if expedited building led to more pollution or more leakiness.

Mike’s Monetary Solution For The  Skills Shortage with Michael Botur

Mike’s Monetary Solution For The Skills Shortage with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 12, Sep 2018

Please don’t laugh, but often when I want to hear the truth, I check what the politicians are saying.

Is Rightsizing  Right For  Retirees? with Michael Botur

Is Rightsizing Right For Retirees? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 05, Sep 2018

Downsizing: it’s not just a Matt Damon movie that nobody watched. Downsizing is a reality for more and more New Zealanders because:

Upsizing: Is Bigger Always Better? with Michael Botur

Upsizing: Is Bigger Always Better? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 29, Aug 2018

If you’re like my friend Rose in Dargaville, you’ve had so many babies that they could turn your whanau into a 1970s sitcom.

On-Sale Value:  What To Look  Out For with Michael Botur

On-Sale Value:  What To Look Out For with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 22, Aug 2018

“Location, location, location is foremost for a lot of people, that’s my first pick,” Al adds. “A lot of people buy the location first on the principle that over time it’ll capitalise in value better. The phrase ‘buy the worst house on the best street’ remains a good formula in any purchasing of property.

Thanks, Plumbers,  For Civilising Us with Michael Botur

Thanks, Plumbers,  For Civilising Us with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 01, Aug 2018

Crawling around in the muck to fiddle with pipes had never been a part of my life til I bought my own home. It’s not as if the councillors in charge of the city’s reticulated water, gas and power will ever get down in the dirt either (with the exception of Sir John Thorn, who was a plumber before becoming mayor of Port Chalmers).

Should Meth Decontamination Cost with Michael Botur

Should Meth Decontamination Cost with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 18, Jul 2018

Should Meth Decontamination Cost A Property Manager $32,000?

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