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How to Determine Your Chowchilla Property’s After-Repair Value

Tiny houses placed on stacks of coins representing increase in valueIf you are interested in setting up as a single-family rental home investor in Chowchilla, one of the most important terms you first need to know is After Repair Value (ARV). The after-repair value of a property refers to the value of a property that has been fixed up or renovated. More specifically, ARV refers to the estimated future value of the property, along with all the repairs and improvements. To determine your property’s ARV to use it right, you first need to know how to calculate it accurately. Keep reading to learn how to do so.

Start With a Market Analysis

A competitive market analysis is one of the most effective techniques to calculate your property’s ARV. By looking at comparable properties (comps) that have recently sold, you can get a good understanding of your property’s new market value. Lots of investors get started by searching the multiple listing service (MLS) for newly sold properties that are as similar to your new, improved rental house as possible. For example, you would want to find comps close to your property in age, size, location, construction method and style, and condition. In particular, look for at least three recently sold comps (i.e., sold within the last 90 days) that detail recent upgrades or improvements.

Calculating ARV

Once you have found three or more decent comps, you can then calculate your property’s after-repair value (ARV). There are two traditional methods:

  1. Find the average sales price of comparable properties. For instance, if you found three good comps, add their sold prices together, divide by three, and then you would have the average price. This number is your property after-repair value (ARV), which must be used to estimate the likely sales price of your own single-family rental house after improvements and repairs.
  2. Find the average price per square foot of your comparable properties. Divide the total sales price by the average square footage of your comps. With an average price per square foot, you can then multiply that price by the number of square feet in your rental property. This technique can be more accurate than the first option but involves a few extra steps.

Using Your ARV

As soon as you get your property’s ARV, you can use it in several ways. First, it can help you to set a more accurate rental rate. By understanding how your newly renovated property compares to others in the neighborhood, you can increase your rental home’s potential. Another way that investors often use after-repair value is when acquiring investment properties.

When obtaining a new Chowchilla investment property, you may want to take 70% of the property’s after-repair value and subtract the costs of repairs and improvements. The developing offer price can help you know where to start bidding for a property. In certain instances, the investors can go as high as 80% ARV, significantly increasing the chance of an acceptable offer. Of course, the higher the ARV you use to ascertain your offer price, the higher the risk for your profit margins afterward.

Determining an accurate after-repair value takes practice and skill. Even as many investors learn to do so on their own, it can be advantageous to rely on the expertise of a real estate professional or property management expert. Either one can help you locate comparable properties and ensure that your calculations show what the property is really like, its location, and its future potential as a rental house.

Have you recently completed renovations on your investment property? Contact Real Property Management Valley Wide and request a rental market analysis to ensure you stay competitive. Call us at 209-722-7761 to speak with a Chowchilla property manager today.

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