Appraisal services for Lafayette and Lafayette County homeowners

The top 7 reasons why LA homeowners call on Appraisals by Kana, LLC:

  1. Find the right listing price (whether they're selling the home themselves or using a real estate agent)
  2. Challenge property tax assessments
  3. To cut your mortgage payments by removing PMI
  4. To reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (or HELOC)
  5. Verify a different appraiser's report
  6. If real estate needs to be divided because of a divorce
  7. To settle an estate in LA by determining the true market value of real estate in question

Need help deciding the value of your home in or near Lafayette, LA?
Contact Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

At Appraisals by Kana, LLC, we understand the special needs of a customer seeking appraisal services. While our usual 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)

Since you have an emotional attachment to your own house, it's often very hard to be objective about it. The professional appraisers at Appraisals by Kana, LLC will tell you what you need to know -- not just what you want to hear. We are objective. In addition to helping you set a realistic price to sell at so your house will attract interested buyers, a professional appraisal is a very important negotiating tool once you have an attainable buyer. It gives you something tangible to show your buyer. The appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your home's price, not just you saying how much your home is worth. Interested buyers assume that you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be much more likely to give credibility to an expert appraiser's value estimation than yours.

Appraisals to cancel PMI

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. A preferred way to save money for homeowners is to get the PMI eliminated from their mortgage loan, thus saving them money on their monthly payments. 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 eliminated from your loan, which will make your monthly payments go down. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC, we're experienced in helping consumers just like you remove unneeded and unwanted PMI insurance.

Challenging a property tax assessment

Your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued if you live in a local area that is declining. That only means you're paying more taxes than you should. Since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period, the faster you take care of things like this, the better. Getting an appraisal report from Appraisals by Kana, LLC is your strongest weapon when challenging your property tax assessment.

Was your HELOC recently frozen?

Even if your specific property has not declined in value, your lender might choose to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your house is near a declining area. This can this be difficult from a cash flow viewpoint, and negative on your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. Appraisals by Kana, LLC can help you reinstate your home equity line of credit with a professional appraisal.

We Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Do you need an expert to double-check your appraisal for preciseness, or do you want a second opinion without the cost and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? We can go out and check the subject and comps in question 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.

We can also provide you with a a retrospective review of any appraisal report you may have had in the past. Even though this is typically requested by banks, you may wish to use this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your home.