We have walked past this house several times without really seeing it. Or the old car rotting away underneath. Spooky!
There must be quite a story… the land alone, probably a tenth of an acre, would bring a million bucks more or less, even with a house to tear down.
New Zealanders, and Aucklanders in particular, are very focused on building personal wealth through real estate. There’s a bunch of reasons for this, but mostly it’s been a great investment for quite a long time. In Auckland, for example, tax values are up almost 50% in the last three years, and retail prices more than that. Bubble? Time will tell. The new government has said it will limit foreign buyers’ ability to buy real estate, causing a bit of a flurry among the (largely Chinese) community of foreign cash buyers.
This particular property is leased by a property investment firm. They are being kicked out as that building is part of a large parcel that is about to get sold and even further densified.
You know there’s a housing bubble when, in the same block, there’s a guy who can afford a Maserati but not a garage…
and another guy has the same problem with his McLaren!
Still true, even though we keep littering the country with places we call home.
But you can visit your old house…
And go to diners you used to love for the best huevos rancheros ever…
Well, we did it. DIY iPad screen replacement is possible, even for us!
Between watching tutorial videos on YouTube and actually performing the repair, we spent about 9 person-hours. Next time would be a lot faster. We liked the irony of using the dictionary I got for a high school graduation present to weight the screen down while the new adhesive set up.
- If you use a hair dryer to soften the old adhesive instead of a real heat gun, it takes a lot longer
- Nothing beats Goof-Off
- “Spudging” is a great word to have in your vocabulary
We got this pendant light at the auction a few months ago, and finally got it installed this week. With the new table and chairs, we have a very Mad Men thing going in the dining room.
I set the new porch lights to flashing for New Year’s.