Articles: Speak Easy

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.

The New Residential Tenancies Act:  Five Fast Facts with Michael Botur

The New Residential Tenancies Act:  Five Fast Facts with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 03, May 2017

Ireally hate it when clickbait news stories manipulate you into reading them by promising “Five fast facts” or “What you need to know”… but below are a few, er, fast facts you actually do sort-of need to know as a landlord or renter now that the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016 is having its penalties enforced.

When Is Property Information  Too Much  Information? with Michael Botur

When Is Property Information Too Much Information? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 26, Apr 2017

If you really want to stalk me, online you can find scarily specific information about my house. Several websites tell you the floor size of my house, how many rooms I have, when my home was built, how many cars I can fit in my garage, my land area and contours of my section. The websites are a spinoff from our overheated housing economy. 

What Do My  Insurance Premiums  Pay For? with Michael Botur

What Do My Insurance Premiums Pay For? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 19, Apr 2017

Urgh. My insurance bill is coming out again and I haven’t even burned the house down. What does my insurer actually spend my premiums on? Sponsoring adverts on a jersey Sonny Bill Williams won’t even wear? All I’ve ever got from my insurer is a new patch of carpet to replace the area my kids stained with that Raro-based acid juice they spilled.

Northland Is Just Right with Michael Botur

Northland Is Just Right with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 12, Apr 2017

Spread over 13,000 square kilometres, Northland is about the size of Northern Ireland with about the same number of people as greater Dunedin.

How Much Meth Contamination Is Truly Dangerous? with Michael Botur

How Much Meth Contamination Is Truly Dangerous? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 05, Apr 2017

“An abandoned methamphetamine laboratory in a domestic residence poses risk to any unwitting future occupants.”

How Each House  Affects The  Environment: Food  For Thought  with Michael Botur

How Each House Affects The Environment: Food For Thought with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 29, Mar 2017

The OECD two weeks ago released a report saying “NZ’s strong growth has come partly at the expense of environmental quality.” At the core of the economy, of course, is the billions of dollars of growth tied up in property.

Tiny Houses:  The New Craze  That’s Not All  That New with Michael Botur

Tiny Houses:  The New Craze That’s Not All That New with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 22, Mar 2017

Tiny houses have been celebrated a lot in the media recently.

What Makes A Suburb Superb? with Michael Botur

What Makes A Suburb Superb? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 15, Mar 2017

The Happy City author Charles Montgomery, who visited NZ in 2015 and spoke to our national urban planning conference, says a healthy city is about letting people live reasonably close to work and shopping, but not so close that they are affronted by it.

Real Estate Listings, You’ve Come  A Long Way with Michael Botur

Real Estate Listings, You’ve Come A Long Way with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 08, Mar 2017

Real estate listing advertisements are a huge deal to vendors, real estate agents, buyers and print newspaper publishers (which are these days deeply dependent on real estate advertising).

What We Want  In A Home,  And Why with Michael Botur

What We Want In A Home,  And Why with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 01, Mar 2017

Have you ever pondered why the same features are usually emphasised in property advertisements? Your typical real estate ad will describe the property’s size, its rooms, mod cons, views, and will tell you about the microclimate around the property (it turns out it’s always sunny, everywhere). If schools and transport are nearby, the advert will emphasise that; then again, the seclusion of a property is talked up in many property adverts.

Insulation: Not Always Cheap,  But Always Cost-Saving with Michael Botur

Insulation: Not Always Cheap,  But Always Cost-Saving with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 15, Feb 2017

Aotearoa is the land of the long wet cloud. 75% of the population lives within 10 kilometres of the coast, so we’re exposed to fewer dry spells.

Page 2 of 5 pages  <  1 2 3 4 >  Last »