Appraisal services for Lafayette and Lafayette County homeowners

Here are the top seven reasons LA homeowners hire Appraisals by Kana, LLC:

  1. To get a pre-listing appraisal (whether they're selling the home on their own or using a real estate agent)
  2. Challenge property tax assessments
  3. To cut your mortgage payments by removing PMI
  4. Reinstate their Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. To review another appraiser's report for verification
  6. If property needs to be divided because of a divorce
  7. To settle an estate in LA by determining the true market value of property in question

Own a house in or near Lafayette, LA and need help deciding the value of it?
Contact Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

We at Appraisals by Kana, LLC understand the special needs of a homeowner in need of appraisal services. While our typical clients understand the appraisal process and standard reporting formats, you as a consumer will get an extra level of customer service in the form of an explanation of the process and even special consumer-friendly reporting forms if the assignment allows for them.

Pre-listing Services/For Sale By Owner (FSBO)

It's very hard to be objective about your home because of your emotional attachment to it. A professional appraiser is objective and will tell you what you need to know, not just what you want to hear. In addition to helping you set a realistic price to sell at so your property will attract many interested buyers, a professional appraisal is very crucial as a negotiating tool once you have a potential buyer. It's something tangible to show the buyer. The appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your home's price, not just you saying how much you think your house is worth. Interested buyers assume you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be much more likely to give credibility to an accomplished appraiser's value report than yours.

Need to remove PMI?

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. A preferred way to cut costs for homeowners is to get the PMI canceled from their mortgage loan, thus saving them money on their monthly payments. Your monthly payments will go down once your mortgage loan is less than 80% of the value of your home. In most cases you can apply to a lender to have the PMI canceled from your loan. We're seasoned in helping consumers just like you get rid of unneeded PMI insurance.

Challenge property tax assessments

Your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued if you live in an area that is declining or is not appreciating as much as other properties close to yours. This means you are paying higher taxes than you should be paying. Since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period, the quicker you take care of things like this, the better. When contesting your property tax assessment, getting an appraisal from Appraisals by Kana, LLC is your perfect weapon.

Was your HELOC recently frozen?

Your lender just may make the decision to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your home is close to a declining area -- even if your specific property has not declined in value. This can be be harmful to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out, and also disadvantageous from a cash flow angle. Appraisals by Kana, LLC can provide you with an expert appraisal to help you reinstate your HELOC.

Do You Need Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services?

Have you just been given a copy of your appraisal and you'd like to have a professional double-check it for preciseness or do you want a second opinion without the expense and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? An appraiser from Appraisals by Kana, LLC can go out and check the subject and comps in a field review. Or, if you need it in a rush, we can provide you with a desk review and verify as many facts as we can using online data sources as well as our own files.

Need a retrospective review of an appraisal report? We can help with that too. While usually requested by banks, you may desire to make use of this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your home.