Articles: Speak Easy

The Future  Of Insulation with with Michael Botur

The Future Of Insulation with with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 18, Oct 2017

In the next 30 years there is likely to be a manned (and womanned) mission to Mars.

Renovation Loans  and Bad ’70s  Architecture with Michael Botur

Renovation Loans and Bad ’70s Architecture with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 11, Oct 2017

If you’re like me and you’ve bought a nice cheap house with a ‘decorative’ Moorish double horseshoe arch-thing in the lounge, and after two years you’ve become sick of the pointless interior Moorish double horseshoe arch-thing, you may be after a renovation loan to get it ripped out and tossed into Whangarei Falls, never to return.

Property Information You’ll Be Amazed  To Find Online with Michael Botur

Property Information You’ll Be Amazed To Find Online with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 04, Oct 2017

One of the pearls of wisdom on the PropertyBlogs.co.nz website is a cringe-inducing article entitled “the best suburbs to buy when flipping property.

How Well Do  We Treat Our  Renters? with Michael Botur

How Well Do We Treat Our Renters? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 27, Sep 2017

Renting is a significant experience for a great proportion of our population, especially as house prices rise. 42 per cent of New Zealanders live in rental accommodation at the moment.

If My Relationship  Ends, What  Happens To Our  Home?  with Michael Botur

If My Relationship Ends, What Happens To Our Home?  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 20, Sep 2017

I feel like I’m going to get in trouble with my wife just for hypothesising about breaking up, but it’s useful for PropertyPlus readers to know:

Minor Parties:  Their Housing  Promises with Michael Botur

Minor Parties:  Their Housing Promises with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 13, Sep 2017

As of August 22, we have 16 registered political parties, including two brand spanking new ones, the Outdoors Party and the NZ People’s Party.

How Valuable Is Your View? with Michael Botur

How Valuable Is Your View? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 06, Sep 2017

Last week a Wellington man was ordered by the High Court to pay $72,000 in costs for blocking his neighbour’s view of the harbour. I’ll explain why shortly.

No Stump  Can Stump Me with Michael Botur

No Stump Can Stump Me with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 30, Aug 2017

If you are selling your house, a leftover stump will indicate to prospective buyers that they are inheriting a messy nuisance which will cost time and sweat and probably money to fix.

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.

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