ARV in Houston after Harvey

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I am ready to start flipping in Houston however cautious about my first purchase and hesitant about pulling the trigger.

I receive properties from wholesalers and I also do research on, however, I cannot decide if to go with properties from MLS or to go with wholesalers.

MLS, from what I understand, might/would mean to pay more because of the fees involved, on the other hand with wholesalers what I find is that either the repair costs or ARV are unrealistic.

To the experts out there, what would be your advice?

I guess I just want to play safely on my first deal even if it means not making a lot of money.