According to Tampa Bay Times, modern Jim Walter homes cost around $90,000 to $100,000 in 2014. Jim Walter became affluent through buying houses and selling them at a profit.
Using his small savings and a loan, he bought houses, sold them later at a price below the market average and still managed to make significant profits while expanding his business empire. At 13, Jim Walter started to accumulate his savings, and by 23, he took a loan of $500 to boost his savings of $395 to buy a house. After six weeks, he sold it, making a profit of $300.