Mr Balemi’s Davidson Place property after renovation. Picture: CoreLogic“We probably paid a bit too much for the property initially, but we recognised its potential, because it was acreage living just 10 minutes from Broadbeach.“With the Commonwealth Games coming up, and being right around the corner from Metricon Stadium and private school Emmanuel College, the area is also poised for major growth.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoMr Balemi’s Davidson Place property before renovation. Picture: CoreLogic Mr Balemi’s Davidson Place property before renovation. Picture: CoreLogic Grant Balemi renovated his rundown acreage property using a barter system. Picture: SuppliedA QUEENSLAND man has transformed his home into a million-dollar-plus proposition by paying for half the renovation costs by bartering with tradies.Grant Balemi, a car dealer by trade, transformed a Carrara acreage property into a million-dollar-plus listing, after completing $230,000 in renovation work on the home.Mr Balemi and his wife Deborah had bought the 7,930sq m property for $515,000 three years ago when it was in need of some major upgrades and improvements. Mr Balemi’s Davidson Place property before renovation. Picture: CoreLogic Mr Balemi’s Davidson Place property after renovation. Picture: CoreLogic“It’s quite amazing how much of the renovation I’ve been able to do through Bartercard, and it’s turned out beautifully.”The “big ticket items” were the ones that he bartered including tiling, concreting, plumbing, electrical fittings, plants and bathroom products.He even paid for a sandstone retaining wall via barter. Mr Balemi’s Davidson Place property after renovation. Picture: CoreLogic“The plan from the outset was always to use Bartercard to help fund the improvements that this property desperately needed. It would have been impossible to carry out a renovation of this size without the Bartercard element.”He had signed up for a Bartercard, then traded services like towing, dent repair and car detailing for renovation work on his property. Mr Balemi’s Davidson Place property before renovation. Picture: CoreLogic Mr Balemi’s Davidson Place property after renovation. Picture: CoreLogic“If you want to save cash, it’s definitely the way to go. It’s a no brainer for someone who wishes to do a renovation but may not have the cash or the borrowing capacity to do it.”He said the property was now significantly better than when he first bought it.“It’s a beautiful property now and we wouldn’t really be selling it under other circumstances. But it will allow us to get on top of debt and buy more real estate.”Bartercard co-founder Andrew Federowsky said the renovation project was a “great example of just how much value can be extracted from Bartercard, both professionally and privately”.
Kevin O’Brien made 18 and Trent Johnston seven but Ireland were 151 for two with four and a half overs remaining when Porterfield, on 94, was joined by John Mooney. Nineteen runs came from the 17th over, Mooney with two sixes and a four, and Porterfield reached three figures in the 18th over, from 60 balls. He then hit a six and two fours off successive Srini Santhanam deliveries and two fours in the last over from rival skipper Neil McGarrell, and h is 69-ball onslaught featured 12 fours and five maximums. Rooney finished 32no from 13 balls in a 27-ball stand of 65. The Americans started well in their run chase as Akeem Dodson (27), Timroy Allen (20) and Steven Taylor (17) saw them to 57 for one in six overs. But spinners Stirling (three for 25) and George Dockrell (two for 19) put the brakes on the chase and despite McGarrell’s 23, the result was never in doubt. Ireland, who face Italy on Thursday, are ahead of Hong Kong on net run rate and have played a game less but still have to face their closest pursuers. Press Association Captain William Porterfield hit a stunning 127 not out, the first T20 international century for Ireland, to lead his side to 216 for three and the USA could only respond with 141. Porterfield reached his half-century from 23 balls and put on 94 in eight overs with opening partner Paul Stirling before the latter was bowled by Karan Ganesh for 25 from 17 balls. Ireland kept up their 100 per cent record in ICC World Twenty20 qualifying with a 75-run thumping of the United States in Abu Dhabi.