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

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply another cost on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. While there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be cheaper than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is getting a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there other situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy? You bet.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where the value of property has declined, 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.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask home buyers to take out this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is bad because PMI isn't necessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Appraisals by Kana, LLC can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can usually be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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

A divorce can be an especially daunting experience for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the home. Regardless of the circumstances, 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.

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

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a painful 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, ensuring the maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters. And seeing that 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 vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Lafayette County through an employee relocation program

We understand the headaches involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesstay on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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.

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