James “Jim” Cantrell was first introduced to the concept of real estate investing from his father, a late-in-life entrepreneur. The idea of creating your own way resonated strongly with Cantrell, and at 21 he purchased his first property. He’s now been in the industry for more than 25 years, during which time he’s received the coveted High Performance Award from EarthCraft for renovating a century-old historic home in Candler Park, and was recognized by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Georgia Properties for having the highest number of transactions in 2014 and 2015. He is a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, and is an Earthcraft Certified Homebuilder.
Cantrell received a degree in finance with a concentration in real estate from Georgia State University. After purchasing his first investment property, Cantrell dove head first into the world of real estate and renovation, becoming a licensed appraiser and contractor, and soaking up any knowledge that he could. “My passion is the art of rejuvenating old houses,” says the self-proclaimed “old-house junkie.”
Cantrell says he’s always felt a natural fit for the industry, because of his love for people, investments, community development and historic preservation. Over the past five years, he has successfully closed on and revitalized more than 600 foreclosures into new homeowner sales and leases. “I helped stabilize communities by converting foreclosed homes into rehabilitated occupied homes,” he says. He serves a very results-oriented clientele, for whom he tailors deals no matter what level of investment. Cantrell is natural at anticipating and remedying any problems that arise.
A risk taker and adventurer by nature, Cantrell is a private pilot and enjoys flying; recently, he has flown in an airplane he built himself. For Cantrell, flying parallels the freedom and calculated risk of real estate investing. He says: “Flying helps you gain perspective and forces you out of your routine.”