What is ARV? A Quick 5 Minutes Can Earn You Thousands. How's That for ROI?

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on May 16, 2018

Real estate investing is a common practice within Washington, DC, where almost 1 in 5 homes was an all-cash purchase in 2017. One of the most common ways to invest in DC real estate is to purchase homes that are in need of rehabilitation. Whether it is through extensive repairs or a simple bathroom remodel or two, all investors know that they must calculate the anticipated After Repair Value (ARV) before they embark on a house flipping journey.

Simply put ARV refers to the value of the home after all of the repairs have been completed. Keep in mind that completing a $100K renovation does not mean that your newly purchased home will automatically be worth an additional $100K. In fact, this is one of the reasons that real estate investors calculate the anticipated ARV before they purchase an investment property.

Factors To Consider In An ARV Real Estate Investment Opportunity

There are several factors to consider when calculating the anticipated ARV of a home. 

  1. The cost of the materials and your ability to receive them at a discount.  The price of materials typically fluctuates with supply and demand. Before you embark on a flipping and selling journey, make sure that you can purchase the required renovation materials at a discounted price. 
  2. Understand the limitations and strengths of your contractors. Not only will your contractors need to complete the work within a certain budget, but they will also need to complete it at a high quality level. Without high quality workmanship you won't be able to sell your investment home at a profit. 
  3. Keep the anticipated buyer's budget in mind throughout the process. The buyer's budget is one of the largest contributing factors to the ARV. While you might think that your recently renovated home is worth a certain amount, the reality is starkly different. Your home is only worth as much as a buyer is willing to pay for it, which means that even after completing repairs, your home needs to be competitively priced for the market conditions. 

[ Click Here for the Formula to Calculate ARV ]

The good news is that if you are detailed oriented, work with a trusted team of real estate professionals, and intimately understand the local real estate market, then you can successfully calculate the home's ARV to maximize profits. 


Where To Flip In The District


Washington, DC is home to numerous established neighborhoods, as well as popular hotspots that have transformed dramatically in the last 5 years. To date, the most popular investment areas have been Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Logan Circle, Columbia Heights, Shaw, and Capitol Hill, with explosive growth pushing into areas such as Trinidad, Hillbrook, Deanwood, and Hillcrest, among others. By successfully calculating ARV, investors can make informed decisions regarding the purchase of properties in up-and-coming neighborhoods.

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