Articles: Speak Easy

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.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Building Inspection with Michael Botur

What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Building Inspection with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 08, Feb 2017

Your bank doesn’t want to lend a gazillion dollars on a house unless it’s resellable. Resellable necessitates the building be carefully examined by a building inspector.

Making An Offer They Can’t  Refuse with Michael Botur

Making An Offer They Can’t Refuse with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 02, Feb 2017

Before my wife and I were ready to make an offer on the awesome house we currently own we endured the following:

Is An Apartment  A Good Choice  For A First Home? with Michael Botur

Is An Apartment A Good Choice For A First Home? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 25, Jan 2017

I’ve always wondered what it’s like to live in an apartment.

No Lawn Vs All Lawn with Michael Botur

No Lawn Vs All Lawn with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 18, Jan 2017

No Lawn Vs All Lawn   - What’s The Ideal Amount Of Green Space

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.)

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