Articles: Speak Easy

What Happened  To The Kiwi Bach? with Michael Botur

What Happened To The Kiwi Bach? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 28, Feb 2018

Just a couple of weeks ago my man-on-the-left-page Frank Newman wrote about baches in this very publication and noted the massive rise in values that a waterfront premium puts on a place, as well as all the money at stake when you turn the family bach over to outsiders, whether renting or selling.

Can The Census  Solve Cold, Cramped Homes?  with Michael Botur

Can The Census Solve Cold, Cramped Homes?  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 21, Feb 2018

Census 2018 opens two weeks before Census night on March 6. As always, the census is expected to capture plenty of protest comments.

Would You Live  On Elm Street? with Michael Botur

Would You Live On Elm Street? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 14, Feb 2018

I live on Kiripaka Road in Tikipunga, but until last month, though, I never paused to wonder what Kiripaka and Tikipunga mean.

We Need To Talk  About  Christchurch with Michael Botur

We Need To Talk About Christchurch with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 07, Feb 2018

Christchurch is a city like no other. The population to its outskirts is about 400,000 meaning around one in twelve Kiwis lives there.

Love Thy Neighbour –  It Could Be Good  For Your  House Value with Michael Botur

Love Thy Neighbour –  It Could Be Good For Your House Value with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 31, Jan 2018

How seriously should we take the concepts of neighbours, neighbourhoods and neighbourliness?

Do Property  Investors and Government Get  Along? with Michael Botur

Do Property Investors and Government Get Along? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 17, Jan 2018

The current government doesn’t seem to impress the NZ Property Investors Federation, but that cuts both ways. The NZPIF, which is the umbrella body for 20 local PIFs around the country and represents 7000 property investors, doesn’t seem to impress the government, either, in my opinion

Who Says Real  Estate Agents  Will Be Out  of a Job? with Michael Botur

Who Says Real Estate Agents Will Be Out of a Job? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 10, Jan 2018

Greetings, traveller.

Thanks, Foreigners, For Invading with Michael Botur

Thanks, Foreigners, For Invading with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 20, Dec 2017

Right now there is a seven foot tall foreign monstrosity in my lounge. He’s covered in cultural ornamentation, he’s bleeding and shedding skin everywhere, his stench permeates the house and he won’t leave for a month.

Tenancy Tribunal:  Five Slow Facts with Michael Botur

Tenancy Tribunal:  Five Slow Facts with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 13, Dec 2017

Don’t you hate those Buzzfeed-type articles in which they hurl ‘five fast facts’ at you about any trending topic?

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.”

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