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Want To Own Your Dwelling?  Go Socialist with Michael Botur

Want To Own Your Dwelling?  Go Socialist with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 06, Dec 2017

As I’ve said before, I try to hold onto precisely 100 Facebook friends so that I can exploit them from time to time to glean statistical data.

Feng-shui:  The Nonsense  That Makes Sense with Michael Botur

Feng-shui:  The Nonsense That Makes Sense with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 29, Nov 2017

Firstly, a list of costly things my wife has done to our home to try improve it:

Why Do We Watch  Ourselves  Renovating  Homes? with Michael Botur

Why Do We Watch Ourselves Renovating Homes? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 22, Nov 2017

Available for you to watch on TV this month are dozens of home renovation shows. 

Home Staging:  The Good Kind  of Home Invasion with Michael Botur

Home Staging:  The Good Kind of Home Invasion with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 15, Nov 2017

Sure, some homes will sell without being prettied up or ‘staged,’ but when people are looking at buying your place during a time when the market is hot, spending three or four figures on home staging to potentially generate five figures in a higher sale price is clearly worth it.

Do Landlords And Tenants Really Hate Each Other?

Do Landlords And Tenants Really Hate Each Other?

Speak Easy: 08, Nov 2017

Landlord versus tenant conflicts are played up in the news media all the time.

Bashed By  A Backboard: How to be safer on a ladder with Michael Botur

Bashed By A Backboard: How to be safer on a ladder with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 01, Nov 2017

Nearly 50 per cent of all ACC-claimed injuries happen around the home. It’s true – the ACC describes the home as “the most dangerous place for injuries.”

Thinking About Strippers with Michael Botur

Thinking About Strippers with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 25, Oct 2017

I’m a fan of DIY who loves improving stuff around the home, and I’m also an overgrown child.

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.

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