Articles: Speak Easy

Goodbye Garage?  Small Section  Sacrifices with Michael Botur

Goodbye Garage?  Small Section Sacrifices with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 15, Aug 2018

I recently helped a property developer write some fancy words about a new housing project. Writing marketing text is usually about making things sound appealing so you want to buy them. Therefore the development being miles from any city was described as “the perfect urban-rural balance” and smallish houses were described as “perfect first homes.”

Property Protestants: Radical Plan From Renters Union with Michael Botur

Property Protestants: Radical Plan From Renters Union with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 08, Aug 2018

In 1517, Wittenberg professor Martin Luther posted on the door of All Saints’ Church 95 items of protest against the establishment.

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?

I’m Tidying Up A Rental For Sale. Can I…  with Michael Botur

I’m Tidying Up A Rental For Sale. Can I…  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 11, Jul 2018

In May, a landlord was ordered by the Tenancy Tribunal to give compensatory damages to two tenants over interference with the tenants’ right to reasonable peace, comfort, and privacy.

Can You Fight  For Your Right  To Party? with Michael Botur

Can You Fight For Your Right To Party? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 04, Jul 2018

We live in an extremely free country, with social welfare, oodles of free speech and very little corruption.

Can I Take The Lim Off The Shelves? with Michael Botur

Can I Take The Lim Off The Shelves? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 27, Jun 2018

Can I Walk Into My Local Council Office And Take The Lim Off The Shelves?

Can The Internet  Really Know The  Value of  My Property?  with Michael Botur

Can The Internet Really Know The Value of My Property?  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 20, Jun 2018

Homes.co.nz estimates the market value of my house at $380,000.

What’s The  Problem With  Prefab Homes? with Michael Botur

What’s The Problem With Prefab Homes? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 13, Jun 2018

To help release more houses onto the market, PrefabNZ – an association formed just a few years ago to advocate for more faith in prefabs – has been working with banks to come up with the solution for bridging finance for prefab homes, as well as urging banks to agree to finance prefabs at a 20% LVR instead of 50% LVR.

What’s The  Problem With  Prefab Homes? with Michael Botur

What’s The Problem With Prefab Homes? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 12, Jun 2018

To help release more houses onto the market, PrefabNZ – an association formed just a few years ago to advocate for more faith in prefabs – has been working with banks to come up with the solution for bridging finance for prefab homes, as well as urging banks to agree to finance prefabs at a 20% LVR instead of 50% LVR.

Neighbours Online:  with Michael Botur

Neighbours Online:  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 06, Jun 2018

Neighbours Online:  The Good, The Bad And The Orwellian

Is The IMF Right? with Michael Botur

Is The IMF Right? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 30, May 2018

The IMF Says Our Homes Are Not Being Taken By Overseas Buyers. Are They Right?

The Rent Is Too  Damn High –  But Is It Legal? with Michael Botur

The Rent Is Too Damn High –  But Is It Legal? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 23, May 2018

Trade Me has the numbers to prove the year kicked off with record high rents in rural areas as well as the main centres.

Home Loan Hassles  For The Single  And Separated  with Michael Botur

Home Loan Hassles For The Single And Separated with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 16, May 2018

I have a friend. We’ll call him Dan. I swear to God he’s not made up. In fact, if you want his real name and address, just message me.

Why We Love  The Big Empty  Nothing with Michael Botur

Why We Love The Big Empty Nothing with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 09, May 2018

We literally love nothing. Kind of.
Let me start again: Westerners have a love of big empty open tracts with not much on them.

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