Darren Piper of Universal Buyers Agent. Pics Tara Croser.“We used to see a lot of buyers searching for years for the right opportunity, often without any previous renovating experience,” Mr Piper said. “Sometimes they could find a gem in the rough, other times they would be forced to re-sell the property 12 months later and barely break even because they didn’t have the expertise to factor in the risks.”A search of the term ‘renovator’s delight’ in the Brisbane Greater Region returned 21 results on realestate.com.au Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to lose money investing01:53Savvy buyers are snapping up renovator’s delights or seeking out infill sites to secure a spot in the sought-after inner-city suburbs of Brisbane.But finding the right project or vacant site can be “like finding a needle in a haystack”.Universal Buyers Agents property expert Darren Piper said property flipping could be a good way to make a lump of cash quickly, but it does come with considerable risk around finding the right opportunity, financing, getting the numbers right and executing it to perfection. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoBEFORE: Cindy and Dan Mead renovated and sold this house in Mitchelton for a profit, their first flip in the suburb. Picture: SuppliedOne of those was a character house in Newmarket, which is on the market for $695,000 with Arthur Conias of Arthur Conias Real Estate Ashgrove.It has three bedrooms, two studies, a sunroom, polished pine floors, ornate ceilings, VJ walls, french doors and period windows. It also has “‘fantastic bones to transform’’. Newmarket is only 5km from the CBD and has recorded a median price growth of 25.6 per cent over the past five years. Recently released data shows that residential land values across Brisbane overall are up between 5 per cent and 15 per cent in most suburbs, since the previous valuation two years ago.The median residential land value for 2019 rose 7.1 per cent to $455,000.In Mitchelton, an 11-week renovation paid off for Brisbane DIY home renovators, Cindy and Dan Mead. AFTER SHOT: This was the first home that Cindy and Dan Mead renovated and sold in Mitchelton. Picture: SuppliedThe couple made a profit that was the equivalent of a year’s salary when they sold the Mitchelton property they transformed while working full-time jobs. It was the second renovation the couple has undertaken in the suburb, which has seen price growth of 32.4 per cent over five years.But property flipping isn’t the only way small-time property developers are making a quid.Gemmill Homes managing director Craig Gemmill said first-time buyers and investors were increasingly looking at “infill” opportunities as a way to find affordable property and create a return on investment.Infill is the process of subdividing large blocks of land or existing properties in already established areas.“People are looking at suburbs with established infrastructure, shops, train stations, bus networks, hospitals and schools,” he said. “The people that have these bigger blocks now can subdivide and put one, two or three houses on them. It’s a great opportunity for investors.”But Mr Gemmill said it was important to seek advice from the professionals and do your homework. Cindy and Dan Mead are DIY renovators. IMAGE AAP/Steve Pohlner
PERHAPS he walked away from the game that he dominated too young, but the 38 year old Dinesh Joseph is eager to return on the field in a different role.He is arguably Essequibo’s best batsman in history and his magnificent 110 against Demerara in 2000 remains a gem and it is one of only five inter-county centuries scored by an Essequibian.In a recent exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport, the aggressive and technically correct opening batsman explained that due to frustration and the national selectors’ reluctance to believe in his ability, he decided to walk away from the game.The former Essequibo captain was seen at the time as one of the best opening batsman in the country, yet he failed to attract the attention of the selectors despite his prolific scoring, both against Demerara and Berbice.The soft-spoken Joseph reminisced that he was inspired by former Essequibo middle order batsmen, Lennox Alves and Sarjoo Jainarine to play cricket and once he did so, the game became his lifelong achievement.He disclosed that inter-county matches were extremely tough and competitive, yet he relished the challenges, including the pace of Reon King and Colin Stuart as well as the spin of Mahendra Nagamootoo and Gavin Nedd.He further disclosed that having consistently scored at that level, he was convinced that he was capable of achieving great things at the national and even international level, once he was given a break. “I didn’t think that the selectors were looking in my direction, even though the statistics were there to show” he remarked in frustration.“Half of my life was dedicated to cricket and being the best, but I didn’t receive the support I needed from the authorities” he added. The flamboyant batting architect confirmed that his favourite cricketers are Steve Smith, Michael Clarke and Curtly Ambrose, while listing his maiden inter-county century and first division double century as two of his finest moments on the field.With perhaps losing the opportunity now to score again, the still popular sportsman wants to inspire young cricketers from the county to become successful and to represent their country; an opportunity he regretted he didn’t get.Joseph mentioned his desire to return to the game as a mentor, as he is willing to share his experience, expertise and challenges to Youths across the Region, including the Pomeroon district.He advised that cricketers need to be disciplined, attend practice sessions regularly and be their own masters at solving their own technical problems, instead of relying only on coaches to do so.He is also of the belief that Essequibo’s cricket needs persons of some intellect and knowledge of the game, since cricket in the County remains stagnant’, he disclosed.Now that the Essequibo senior team has won the GCB Cricket Franchise League, he disclosed that more players from the county should be given the opportunity at the national level, based on their performance and ability.Joseph who resides in Cotton Field on the Essequibo Coast, remains a treasure of Essequibo’s cricket and it is the hope that the Essequibo Cricket Board and other stakeholders will seek to positively utilize his presence and skill in advancing the game in Essequibo, especially within the school system.