Alpha Dog Investments

Why Buy Ugly Houses?

Photo of distressed, unattractive house.

Maybe you have seen the advertisements for a company that buys ugly houses.

Do you ever ask why a real estate company would buy ugly houses?

Alpha Dog Investments buys houses in any condition, so we don’t call the houses we buy ugly. Every house has some value to us.

The types of houses we buy that may be considered ugly are categorized in different ways by our company.

Your house is valuable to us! We solve real estate problems and our company is interested in each of these houses.

The Fixer Upper House

This type of house may actually look nice cosmetically, but when you look closer, it needs some repairs before it is ready to be marketed to the typical buyer for full retail price. The fixer upper may need a lot of small items repaired. Maybe a handyman tried making some improvements here and there, but didn’t do a good job.

The Outdated House

The outdated house may be properly maintained, very clean, and looks great. The house may even have a new roof, new furnace, new hot water heater and new carpet.

But it has outdated features, such as old style kitchen cabinets, undesirable bathroom tile colors, old lighting fixtures, cheap looking contractor grade door knobs, etc. In order for this house to fetch the highest retail price on the open market to the typical buyer, it must be renovated with updated features.

Distressed House in Disrepair

This is a house with neglected maintenance.

It usually has not be maintained for years and may have structural problems, missing pipes, faulty electric lines, holes in walls, broken or boarded up windows, and other issues such as fire, flooding, or foundation damage.

Some may even believe this type of house should be demolished but our company can normally salvage this type of house and bring it back to life with a full renovation.

The Financially Distressed House

This house may be in great condition but the owners are distressed financially. This house may soon suffer from lack of maintenance.

The owners may not be able to keep up with the mortgage payments. It’s possible that the house will go into foreclosure unless the owners can avoid it with a lender approved short sale.

Our company helps financially distressed homeowners, with nice homes or homes in disrepair.

Investment Real Estate

Alpha Dog Investments buys all of the types of houses listed above. We are a real estate investment company and every house has some value to us.

Please contact us today for a free consultation about your real estate problem.

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John Marion - Real Estate, Canton, GA

Alpha Dog Investments LLC is a real estate investment company in Canton, GA. We buy houses in North Metro Atlanta and assist investors to locate and purchase investment property throughout the Atlanta area.

Professional Atlanta Home Buyers

Our company specializes in purchasing homes. This is the core of our business. We are professional buyers of residential real estate in the Atlanta area. Home sellers rely on us to give an assessment of what we believe are their options for selling their property.

As an investment company focused on buying and selling real estate, we are in a position to offer cash and quickly close real estate transactions that meet our buying criteria.

Atlanta Investor Real Estate Agents

We are licensed Georgia real estate agents with REMAX Town & Country. As agents, we have a duty and responsibility to offer professional real estate services to the public in accordance with Georgia real estate law. We responsible to disclose that we are licensed agents and we are also proud to be agents.

You may run into investors and investment companies that are owned and operated by unlicensed individuals. Their specialty may be marketing within the real estate industry or they may even be actual cash buyers of real estate. But they are unable to offer you the full range of options for you because they cannot practice real estate in accordance with Georgia real estate law which requires the involvement of a licensed agent and broker to conduct certain types of transactions.

Investor Friendly Realtors

In addition to being licensed agents, we are Realtors. In order to qualify as a Realtor, we are obligated to adhere to a code of ethics and be held accountable as real estate professionals. When we consult with you as a home seller, we are obligated to fully disclose our the fact that we are licensed agents and we are able to explain a wide range of options you have for selling your property.

Talk to Atlanta Real Estate Investors

Call us today to discuss your real estate situation and learn the options we can offer you for selling your real estate to investors.

You may also fill out the form below and John will contact you with more information about selling your home to investors. You may also call or text John directly at 703-371-9548.

John Marion - Real Estate, Canton, GA
John Marion – 703-371-9548

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Buy Real Estate With a Self Directed IRA

Did you know that you can buy real estate using retirement funds in your self directed IRA?
Use your self directed IRA to invest in real estate.

Retirement Funds and Real Estate Investing

Many people don’t realize that with a self directed IRA, retirement funds can be used to invest in the real estate market.

Investors can leverage their retirement account with the use of an investment loan to buy property.

Setting Up a Self Directed IRA

It’s critical to set up a self directed IRA with a financial firm that specializes in these types of accounts. While there may be some restrictions about how you can use your retirement funds in a self directed IRA, the opportunity to invest in real estate often motivates investors to get their account set up.

If you need a referral for getting your self directed IRA set up, please call John Marion at 703-371-9548.

Tax Deferred Real Estate Profits

Using a self directed IRA to buy, own, sell, and rent real estate to grow your retirement fund value is a great opportunity to get a better return on your money compared to having it just sit their idle in an account.

And the profits from your real estate investing stays in your retirement account. This means you don’t have to pay capital gains taxes while it’s a part of your individual retirement account.

Invest in Atlanta Real Estate Using a Self Directed IRA

Please contact us for more information about finding investment property in Atlanta and how using a self directed IRA may be a good option for you.

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Nigerian Investment Scam

Here is an investment scam from Nigeria which was sent to us.

Investment Scam from Nigeria

Name: mr daniel


Message: How are you today,I hope fine? I am a student . I am 19 yrs old. I will love to have a long-term relationship with you and to know more about you. I would like to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming if you can be able to help me in this transaction. Well, my father died earlier 1 year ago . He was a king, which our town citizens titled him over sixteen years before his death.I was a prince to him and I am the only person who can take care of his wealth now because my junior brother is still young and my late mother is also late two years ago before the death of my Late father.

He left the sum of ($12.5mUSD) in a ECO BANK IN NIGERIA . This money was annually paid into my late fathers account from Gold Exploring companies operating in our locality for the compensation of youth and community development in our jurisdiction. I want to invest this money in PROPERTY in your company in abroad, so that my father’s kindred will not take over what belongs to my father and our family, which they were planning to do without my present because I am a male as stated by our culture in the town.Now, I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the ECO BANK IN NIGERIA to your bank account after which i come over to meet with you. and I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely.

I am ready to pay 40% of the total amount to you if you help us in this transaction and another 10% interest of Annual After Income to you, for handling this transaction for us, which you will strongly have absolute control over. Please if you are interested to help me, then get back to me urgent so that I will give you more details .

Yours sincerely,


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Atlanta Multi-family Investment Units For Sale

We are finding deals for our investor clients who are looking for multi-family units in the Atlanta area.

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Duplexes, Triplexes, and Quads (Fourplexes)

Our investment company finds deals on duplexes, triplexes, and quad units with cap rates well above 10%. Normally the cap rate is 12% to 15%.

Depending on the location, you can buy multifamily investment property in good locations around the Atlanta area. Since our company doesn’t focus in the city of Atlanta itself, most of our multifamily deals are out in the suburbs (outside the perimeter).

Areas north and west of Atlanta are were we find most of our deals, such as the following locations:

Cherokee County – Acworth, Canton, Woodstock

Cobb County – Acworth, Kennesaw, Mableton, Marietta, Powder Springs

Paulding County – Dallas, Hiram

Bartow County – Acworth, Cartersville


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Driving For Dollars Wholesaling Intro Podcast

Real Estate Training Education Podcasts

Driving For Dollars – Wholesaling Real Estate Intro

John Marion talks about driving for dollars, a method used by real estate wholesalers to find distressed property.

Key points:

  • What is driving for dollars?
  • Distressed property indicators.
  • Looking for vacant properties.
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EB-5 Immigrant Visa for Foreign Investors

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Foreign nationals have the opportunity to get a green card  to enter the USA through the EB-5 visa program.

Atlanta Georgia EB-5 Immigrant Visa

Foreign nationals who are considering investing in the Atlanta Georgia market can contact our company to discuss the options we have available.

EB-5 Foreign Investor Services

Visit our EB-5 Investor page for more information:

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Property Inspections for Investors and Investment Companies

Alpha Dog Investments has developed a network of home inspectors throughout the Atlanta region. We can help investors with their inspections on single properties or large portfolios of homes.

Atlanta Home Inspections for Bulk Portfolio of Houses

Investment companies performing due diligence on an upcoming portfolio of houses or wanting a comprehensive inspection review of their existing home inventory can rely on Alpha Dog Investments for their property inspections.

We can manage home inspections for hundreds of properties simultaneously and deliver the reports to you as they are completed.

Home Inspections for Investors in Atlanta

We understand what investors and investment companies expect in home inspections. And we can offer a variety of types of inspections to suit the needs of each investor.

Some investors may want a home inspection similar to what the typical retail buyer expects when purchasing their primary resident. Other investors may want a repair bid estimate included with the home inspection as well as what is needed to get the property into rent ready condition.

Rent Ready Repair List

Our inspectors can provide a repair list of items needed to get the property into rent ready condition along with their inspection report.

Real Estate Property Repair Costs Budget

Some of our investment property home inspector specialists are actually licensed contractors. Our contractors are familiar with repair costs and can develop a repair bid with the home inspection.

Atlanta Investment Property Inspection Management

Please contact John Marion to discuss your needs for home inspections of your investment property in the Atlanta area.

Call or text John Marion at 703-371-9548.


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How to Make Blind Offers on Houses

When a buyer submits a purchase contract to buy a house without visiting the property, it is considered a blind offer.

In order to leverage time and get multiple properties under contract, real estate investors like to make blind offers on houses listed for sale on the MLS.

Find an Investor Friendly Realtor

In order to make blind offers on multiple properties, you will need an investor friendly real estate agent. Many agents will not make blind offers for investors.

Most buyer’s agents are trained to show houses to owner occupant home buyers who will usually visit about a half dozen homes before an offer to purchase is prepared and submitted to the listing agent representing the seller.

The idea of preparing purchase contracts to submit blind offers for a buyer who has never seen a property seems absurd to most Realtors.

This is why you must find an investor friendly Realtor who will work with you as an investor. And if you are out of town, you must find an agent who is comfortable representing you without ever meeting you.

The most likely agent who will understand the services you need as an investor is probably the agent who is also an active investor, or has been an investor sometime in the past.

Screen and Select Properties

Investors who are successful in getting properties under contract understand property values in their target market. And they look at hundreds of listings that may match their investment criteria to screen out the ones on which they want to make offers.

Screening and selecting houses to make offers on involves selecting the locations, looking at the pictures, and reading the property description in the listing.

The investor then gives the offer price to their agent who will prepare the purchase contract which will include other terms in the offer, such as due diligence period, closing date, and the amount of the earnest money deposit.

The time taken by the investor buyer to screen the property and decide on an offer amount makes the blind offer better than arbitrarily selecting an offer price based on a mathematical calculation of the listing price.

Sign and Send the Purchase Offer Contract

After the investor has signed the offer, which can be done with an electronic signature in most cases, the agent will send the offer to the listing agent to be presented to the seller.

Your agent should follow up with the seller’s agent to confirm that the offer has been received and presented to the seller.

Make Offers on Multiple Properties

Most investors will find that they will need to make offers on multiple properties in order to get one under contract. Depending on how many houses you plan to buy, you may have to continuously make offers daily or weekly in order to close on the number of transactions that meet your investment goals.

If you make over 100 offers you should expect to get between 8% and 15% to get under contract. If you don’t get at least 8 properties under contract after making 100 offers, you may need to revisit the numbers and housing values in your target market to see if you can increase the purchase price of your offers and still meet your investment goals.

John Marion and Sandra Watkins are investor friendly agents who make multiple blind offers for investors.

Call or text John Marion at 703-371-9548 or Sandra Watkins at 770-324-3680.

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Wholesaling Real Estate Intro Podcast

Real Estate Training Education Podcasts

Wholesaling Real Estate Intro

John Marion introduces real estate wholesaling.

Key points:

  • What is wholesaling?
  • Securing property at a deep discount with motivated sellers.
  • Assignment of contract.
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