Articles: Speak Easy

How Old Should  A First Home  Buyer Be? with Michael Botur

How Old Should A First Home Buyer Be? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 11, Jan 2017

Do you have a $100,000 deposit handy with which to buy your first house? If the answer is no, what’s your plan?

Don’t Fudge  It - Budget with Michael Botur

Don’t Fudge It - Budget with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 21, Dec 2016

If you want to use the net to determine a suitable amount to budget for your first house and you live in Auckland, don’t bother.

Small Cities  FTW  with Michael Botur

Small Cities FTW with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 14, Dec 2016

The country’s population is about 4.7 million peeps currently, and 4.69999 million of them are in Auckland.

Hack, Slash and Scoff: Gardening Like A Man with Michael Botur

Hack, Slash and Scoff: Gardening Like A Man with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 07, Dec 2016

As a male, I can’t see the point of growing something that I can’t grind down into a powder and combine with ten other herbs and spices to flavour my KFC.

Who Dreamed  Up The Quarter Acre Dream? with Michael Botur

Who Dreamed Up The Quarter Acre Dream? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 23, Nov 2016

Alot of news reports have focused on the unavailability of a quarter acre section. In Auckland, a house with that sort of a section tends to have a median house price of around a million bucks. The humble 1012 square metres is no longer a right – it’s a privilege.

How To Build A Manly Fence with Michael Botur

How To Build A Manly Fence with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 16, Nov 2016

A good fence keeps bad guys out and good guys in. Sure it’s a minimum $100 per metre or more to build the bugger, but fences do add value to your house (despite a contrary opinion published on QV, which you should not look at.)

Wood Is Good with Michael Botur

Wood Is Good with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 09, Nov 2016

My wife loves native timber so much that she once bought a heat gun and stripped the paint off an old, thickly-painted cabinet, then we spent hours sanding and oiling it. It was hundreds of dollars worth of work that took up a lot of time I could have been writing emotive poetry, and it was all in the name of salvaging some rimu.

Finding Hidden Gems And How I Acquired  My Property  Portfolio with Michael Botur

Finding Hidden Gems And How I Acquired My Property Portfolio with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 02, Nov 2016

100 per cent of the houses I own were acquired as hidden gems. My property portfolio was ‘acquired’ precisely a year ago

What Makes  A Good Real  Estate Agent? with Michael Botur

What Makes A Good Real Estate Agent? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 26, Oct 2016

A kickarse real estate agent can be any age, from any cultural background, any gender. They can be as young as 18 or as old as my mother in law.

The Psychology Of House Colours with Michael Botur

The Psychology Of House Colours with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 19, Oct 2016

The Psychology Of House Colours And Mike’s Fondness For Lace Curtains

Tactics For Buyers So Crazy They Just  Might Work with Michael Botur

Tactics For Buyers So Crazy They Just Might Work with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 12, Oct 2016

Why is it when we’re trading properties that we can’t tell people how we really feel? A buyer just wants to hand over some money to a seller, but there are all sorts of people between them.

Do Homes Help Happiness? with Michael Botur

Do Homes Help Happiness? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 05, Oct 2016

I recently went to the house warming of a single woman. She lives in a spacious mansion and she’s the only human living there, but she’s no alone. On her wall, my dear friend doesn’t have canvasprinted photos of her husband or children lolling about in a field of daffodils – she has photos of her dog. Huge photos. It’s not as if she needs to commemorate the dog – the dog was at the party.

The Psychological Benefits Of Owning A Home with Michael Botur

The Psychological Benefits Of Owning A Home with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 28, Sep 2016

Did you know that coming home from work, drawing your curtains and doing whatever you want is a human need which provides deep spiritual satisfaction?

Buying A House In Winter: Heinous Or Genius? with Michael Botur

Buying A House In Winter: Heinous Or Genius? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 21, Sep 2016

My wife/boss and I viewed the house we were later to buy in October 2015. We were lucky the weather was dry because it can still rain a’plenty in Spring. The house looked impressive that day.

John Key Is Giving Away Home Loan Deposits…  Sort Of with Michael Botur

John Key Is Giving Away Home Loan Deposits…  Sort Of with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 14, Sep 2016

Working Poor are people who pretty much can’t accrue savings. For these types of people, gathering a home loan deposit is extremely challenging, if not impossible. The only person who can help you is pretty much the Rt Hon John Key. Here are some forms of assistance he offers.

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