Let Appraisals by Kana, LLC take care of your appraisal needs

Thousands of people in Louisiana purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that might seem more practical than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Lafayette County

If you live 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 equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Very often, this extra payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress invoked 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 eliminate PMI, Appraisals by Kana, LLC can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can usually be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the home, and it can be an especially daunting event for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Appraisals by Kana, LLC so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We ensure the utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Lafayette County for work

We are familiar with the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

Whether you decide 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 when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 homes are one the market.

Let Appraisals by Kana, LLC assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price