Why you should get an appraisal from Appraisals by Kana, LLC

To many, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. While there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be more economical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there other situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy? Of course there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the value of property has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC, we're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask homebuyers to buy this extra insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI is unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Appraisals by Kana, LLC will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can usually be offset in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is an especially horrible ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the troublesome decision of who maintains the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Appraisals by Kana, LLC so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they wish to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the utmost degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Lafayette County through an employee relocation program

We know the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what an applicable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time, because we're experts in knowing how long houses stay on the market.

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