The Iowa Real Estate Market: 2024 Trends

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💡 Key Iowa housing market facts

Data PointValueRankCompared to National Avg
Typical Home Value $217,641[1]#44 of 50 states40.6% lower
Median Listing Price $299,900[2]#40 of 50 states31.4% lower
Median Sale Price $229,800[3]#50 of 50 states43.7% lower
30 Year Mortgage Rate 6.83%[4]#2 of 50 states2.1% lower
Median Days on Market 52[5]#30 of 50 states4.2% longer
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🗺️ Buying a house in the Iowa real estate market

Iowa has an affordability score of 3.7, meaning it takes 3.7 years of the median household income ($61,836) to afford Iowa's median home sale price ($229,800). Because of this, we rank Iowa as the most affordable state for buyers based strictly on prices compared to income.

Data PointValueRankCompared to National Avg
Median Sale Price $229,800[6]#50 of 50 states43.7% lower
30 Year Mortgage Rate 6.83%[7]#2 of 50 states2.1% lower
Median Household Income $61,836[8]#27 of 50 states4.2% lower
Affordability Ratio 3.7#1 of 50 states40.5% lower
Buyers Agent Commission 3.00%[9]#47 of 50 states12.2% higher
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Resources for Iowa home buyers

🗺️ Selling a house in the Iowa real estate market

According to our detailed survey of Iowa real estate agents, listing agents (those representing the seller) charge an average commission in Iowa of 2.67%, which is the 7th lowest in the United States. Buyers' agents charge an average commission of 3%, which is the 4th highest in the United States.

Data PointValueRankCompared to National Avg
Median Listing Price $299,900[10]#40 of 50 states31.4% lower
Median Sale Price $229,800[11]#50 of 50 states43.7% lower
Median Days on Market 52[12]#30 of 50 states4.2% longer
Buyer's Agent Commission 3.00%[13]#47 of 50 states12.2% higher
Listing Agent Commission 2.67%[14]#7 of 50 states6.6% lower
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Resources for Iowa home sellers

Moving to Iowa

According to our recent moving trends survey[15], 4% of Americans indicated that they would choose to move to Iowa if money were no object. Likewise, 6% of survey respondents indicated that they would move to Des Moines among a choice of America's medium-sized cities.

Here's how Iowa cities rank in a number of our research studies.

StudyBest Iowa cityRank
Best Pizza Cities[16]No ranking Iowa citiesNo ranking Iowa cities
Best Coffee Cities[17]No ranking Iowa citiesNo ranking Iowa cities
Best LGBTQ Cities[18]No ranking Iowa citiesNo ranking Iowa cities
Best Bike Cities[19]No ranking Iowa citiesNo ranking Iowa cities
Best Commuter Cities[20]No ranking Iowa citiesNo ranking Iowa cities
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Article Sources

[1] Zillow – "Zillow Home Value Index". Updated April 30, 2024.
[2] Realtor.com – "Realtor.com Data Library". Updated March 2024.
[3] Redfin – "Redfin Data Center". Updated March 2024.
[4] Bankrate – "Bankrate". Updated May 2024.
[5] Realtor.com – "Realtor.com Data Library". Updated March 2024.
[6] Redfin – "Redfin Data Center". Updated March 2024.
[7] Bankrate – "Bankrate". Updated May 2024.
[8] US Census – "US Census, 2020 American Community Survey". Updated 2020.
[9] Clever Real Estate – "Clever Real Estate survey of American real estate agents". Updated May 2024.
[10] Realtor.com – "Realtor.com Data Library". Updated March 2024.
[11] Redfin – "Redfin Data Center". Updated March 2024.
[12] Realtor.com – "Realtor.com Data Library". Updated March 2024.
[13] Clever Real Estate – "Clever Real Estate survey of American real estate agents". Updated May 2024.
[14] Clever Real Estate – "Clever Real Estate survey of American real estate agents". Updated May 2024.
[15] Home Bay – "Half of Americans Are Surprised by How Much It Costs to Move". Updated February 26, 2024.
[16] Clever Real Estate – "The 15+ Best Pizza Cities in America". Updated February 12, 2024.
[17] Clever Real Estate – "The Best (and Worst) Coffee Cities in America". Updated January 12, 2024.
[18] Clever Real Estate – "The Most (and Least) LGBTQ-Friendly Cities in America". Updated October 23, 2023.
[19] Clever Real Estate – "The Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S.". Updated July 17, 2023.
[20] Clever Real Estate – "The Best (and Worst) Cities for Commuters". Updated September 21, 2023.

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