About Us

Meet Our Team

Established in 2015 by Sara and Dan DeLeo, Dan Buys Houses has become respected and trusted by North Carolina property owners for making the process of selling property SIMPLE.

A local, family-owned business, Dan Buys Houses specializes in responsive and personal service. Dan understands property owners may need to sell for a variety of reasons and using his years of experience, Dan is able to help by providing fair, cash offers while buying properties as-is on the owner's desired timeframe.

Dan DeLeo Family

About Dan DeLeo:

The Owner of Dan Buys Houses, Dan DeLeo is a full-time real estate investor who brings years of experience in real estate and business operations to help North Carolina homeowners. Dan has an undergraduate degree in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University and an MBA from North Carolina State University. Dan is also a North Carolina licensed General Contractor.

Prior to owning Dan Buys Houses, Dan was a partner and Chief Operating Officer in a local aquatics management company where he oversaw day-to-day operations of the organization.

Dan’s passion is in helping create solutions for homeowners who need to sell their property but can’t or don’t want to do so through the conventional retail market. And, Dan loves transforming properties by breathing new life into them so that they may continue to be special for families to enjoy into the future.

Dan is a passionate community advocate. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for SAFEchild, a local non-profit that works to protect children and strengthen families by eliminating abuse and neglect. Dan is also a volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Dan has held leadership positions with SAFEchild as the President of the Board of Directors and with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce as a three-year Board of Directors member, two-year Executive Committee member, Annual Campaign Chair, and Young Professionals Network Chair.

Dan was a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award and was named a ‘Millennial on the Move’ by Midtown Magazine in 2018.

Most importantly though, Dan is a husband to his patient and amazing wife Sara and father to his three awesome children, Grayson (8), Quinn (5), and Emil (3).

NateAbout Nate Funkhouser:

Nate is the Vice President of Business Development for both Dan Buys Houses and Lion Properties. Nate received his Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Associates in Arts degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC.

Nate has prior professional experience as a customer service focused manager in the commercial aquatics industry as well as in software sales and logistics management. Nate is a proud Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout and a graduate of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Program.

Nate is passionate and genuine, making him the perfect fit to work with home owners to craft tailored solutions for their specific needs.

Nate moved from the greater Washington DC area to Fayetteville, NC at the age of eight where he called Fayetteville home for over 14 years. Some of Nate’s passions include volunteering for non-profit church ministries and helping people find solutions to complex problems.

In Nate’s spare time, you can find him gazing at the night sky through his telescope and exploring the great outdoors with his wife Kaitlin and dog Dani.

Why Dan Buys Houses?

  • Responsive: We spend time with you to learn your specific needs so that we can make you the best possible offer for your property. 
  • Trustworthy: Not all properties are a fit, but a promise made will be a promise kept. Dan will be transparent with you about your options and will take the time to help with your questions.
  • Prepared: We don’t rely on banks, appraisals, or co-investors. This allows Dan to move quickly, without red-tape, to help provide you with a simple solution.

Dan Buys Houses Core Values:

  • Integrity Above Profitability
  • Be a Problem Solver
  • Constantly Seek to Improve
  • Build Better Communities

Our goal is to operate a professional and honest business that focuses on improving the community that we live in by providing restored houses that will be homes to families for years to come.

We look forward to working with you to make your home selling experience positive!

Why Choose Us?

We take pride in the personal touch that we provide.  Our goal is to provide the best service centered around your needs.



If you need to sell your house quickly or if you need a specific date, we can close in a matter of days. 


Save yourself the time, money and hassle of doing repairs. We'll buy your house as-is.


Get paid in cash. That means there are also no appraisals, inspections or bank approvals needed.


We pay all the closing costs and you don't have any costly realtor fees and commissions.


Foreclosure Avoidance

Bank Owned Property & REO’s

Solving Title Issues

Over-leveraged Properties

Vacant Properties & Houses in Major Disrepair

Environmental or Structural Problems

Apartment & House Rental Specialists


Clementine Testimonial
Clementine T
Raleigh, NC

I was ready to sell my rental property and had been contacted by several investors. After speaking with Dan I knew that Lion Properties was the right choice for me. Dan made me feel comfortable, there was no pressure, he was honest and most importantly he followed through on exactly what he had promised.


I’ve now worked with Dan to sell two properties and he will be my first call in the future because of his professionalism.

Rick B
Garner, NC

I had an investment property that I no longer wanted to deal with. Dan and I coordinated all of the details over the phone, we actually still haven’t met in person because of my travel schedule but the process was so simple we never needed to.


Dan bought the property within a couple of weeks, he coordinated all of the closing details and I received my check in the mail; it really was THAT simple!

Bruce B
Raleigh, NC

I bought a home from Lion Properties and had a great experience. Dan and I sat in the kitchen and had a straightforward discussion about what would work for us both. I found Dan to be very honest and easy to work with. We love our home and we loved the cordial process of working with Lion Properties.


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