After 25 years in the real estate business, Jim Toner thought he had experienced everything the industry had to throw at him. He was successful to the point that he was featured on CNN, giving away debt-free housing to veterans who desperately needed it. Coming from simple wholesale deals with no credit, he was shocked to find himself in such a positive situation. Though in 2010, all that would change.
Suddenly, according to Jim Toner he found himself stolen from and tricked by what the real estate business calls “GURUS”. Frustrated, and let down by the business he loved, he left the industry. Toner found himself working on the ground level with entrepreneurs, helping them improve their business. Eventually, he found a new niche in this, and was satisfied.
Around that time, he was approached by marketer, asking if he was still in real estate business. The reply was a no at first, given Jim Toner’s experience – but the marketer made a point that stood out. Jim Toner was important to real estate, because he was what the GURUS, the frauds, aspired to be.
With that, he was back. Jim Toner, a real estate investor, had only two conditions: one, that he would hand pick the market, and two, that he would find and recruit the best local investors. After his experience working with local entrepreneurs, Toner knew that his best bet was working with them, in the thick of it all.
Picking up where he left off, Jim Toner found himself in Akron, Ohio. He had done over 200 deals in this market. He knew it was underrated, and was well versed with the market. The system that tried to kick Jim Toner out of the business would soon find itself kicked out by the same man and his team. Instead of books and tapes he deemed useless, Toner (@thejimtoner) took potential investors onto his venture. They work side by side, seeing how real estate investment works first hand.
He describes his team as rebellious with a real by and for the people mentality. Jim Toner loves getting money to those who earn it.