2015-04-30: Could House-sitting be your lifestyle choice?

2015-04-30: Could House-sitting be your lifestyle choice?

Last weekend was a highlight for hundreds of thousands in this country.  The annual day when Australians, New Zealanders and others in the South Pacific remember those who fell in conflicts since WWI.  This year there was some controversy over whether real estate auctions should be held on Anzac Day.  I state my view in this week's show, and reveal whether the issue affected prices. The balance of the discussion this week is with Ruth Myers, who with her husband Malcolm has founded Read more [...]

2015-04-15: “Blessing in disguise” says PM

Hi There! Who would have thought that such a magnificent building with such a price tag for a penthouse would be built in Melbourne, Australia?  Listen to this week's show to get the details of the price and comments about where this is taking us. What about Prime Minister Joe Natuman's comment about cyclone Pam being a "Blessing in disguise?"  How could that be, after we've seen the news coverage of the category 5 cyclone Pam decimating the southern islands of Vanuatu?   Read more [...]
2015-04-02: Disaster Recovery Expert Outlines Way Forward

2015-04-02: Disaster Recovery Expert Outlines Way Forward

Hi There! I can hardly believe it and I live here!  Three weeks in a row now, Sydney property auctions have averaged more than $1M.  As an example I reveal details of a house that has been owned by the same family for just on 100 years.  Purchased in 1915 for a 388 pounds, now going to auction for around $2M.  Last weekend in Sydney and Melbourne alone more than $1.3B changed hands.  And the next four largest cities are no slouches, their total for last weekend came to $1.5B! Then Read more [...]

2015-03-26: Cyclone creates opportunity in paradise

Hello, Yes, you've seen the disaster images of the devastation from Cyclone Pam just two weeks ago today in Vanuatu. What you need to know is that these people are amazing... They are rebuilding the damaged part of their country with gusto and smiles! You will be wanting to know about the subject line. This week you will meet a lady who is really pumped with the Blue Skies future opening up for her country. It is an unusual show... a long chat with a key person in the economic recovery Read more [...]
2015-03-19: Vanuatu Rebuilding Paradise

2015-03-19: Vanuatu Rebuilding Paradise

Hello! Last week has been the worst in the history of one of the smallest countries of the world, Vanuatu.  Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on March 13 and caused massive disruption to the country spread over 83 islands.  As per reports from Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, over 85% of the houses there have been flattened. Tanna island, in the Tafea province has been the worst hit with 100% houses destroyed.The Category 5 (Aus scale) severe cyclone Pam has rendered 125,000 to 150,000 people homeless. Read more [...]
2015-03-12: Mission Impossible for Sydney Families?

2015-03-12: Mission Impossible for Sydney Families?

You're alone when you're by Yourself! Short show this week Richard is preparing for a live broadcast from the first week of April so has suspended the regular format till first week of April 2015. Even though the show is changing, that doesn't mean Richard has stopped doing what he loves doing, and that is giving us his weekly Real Estate roundup of the Australian Real Estate Market. He talks briefly about the current situation with the Australian Real Estate Market as a whole and how the recent Read more [...]

25 Feb 2015 Show Topic: Mission Beach and Rainforest – What is a cassowary?

  Richard provides the roundup on Sydney prices which again this week and averaged  a unbelievable but true $1.1 million of the combined auctions, and we have recorded a actual auction taking place last week.  You will be surprised not only a the eventual sale price, but will also  the short  passage of time the actual auction takes. Richard also supplies tips this week on when to have your auctions and figures nationally are averaging back to normal. From Mission Bay  in Read more [...]
18 Feb 2015 Show Topic:  Volcanos don’t erupt, but the Auckland real estate market does

18 Feb 2015 Show Topic: Volcanos don’t erupt, but the Auckland real estate market does

It’s another snowy and cold blowy week in Massachusetts where Brian Thomas is holed up. Meanwhile summertime continues in the southern hemisphere where Richard Butler lives along the eastern Pacific coast in Australia. Butler kicks things off with the Aussie real estate round-up. The auctions are now picking up steam, with the average price around Sydney, Australia around $918,000. Today, we travel back to New Zealand for our 4th in a series of programs dealing with the Lifestyle and Read more [...]
11 Feb 2015  Show Topic:  New Zealand’s Bay Of Islands

11 Feb 2015 Show Topic: New Zealand’s Bay Of Islands

  Richard informs of that the real estate auctions in Australia are picking up steam, and the percentages are up in Sydney. Our guest this week is Dianne Quinn, a licensee of Ray White – Paihia, Bay of Islands Real Estate Property Specialists Based in the Bay of Islands, Ray White Paihia specialises in residential property, commercial investments and property management. They have homes and businesses for sale in the Bay of Islands and surrounding areas. Their team of experienced Read more [...]

4 Feb 2015 Show Topic: Wellington, New Zealand

  Well, the round ups have resumed in Australia. Richard Butler is on top of that action. The number of auctions may be lower than prior to the Christmas holidays, but the prices continue to sizzle. Our guest today is a former resident of Australia’s Gold Coast who relocated, in part, because of her husband. Vicki Collins is a Director at Ray White Wellington City Real Estate and Wellington Property Management. Vicki drives the highly successful sales and rental team as part Read more [...]
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