Average Time to Sell a House in Iowa in 2021

Kristen Klempert

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Kristen Klempert

October 3rd, 2021
Updated October 3rd, 2021

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Getting ready to sell your Iowa home? Here’s how long you can expect it to take — and some tips on how to speed things up (and still get a great price).

Time to sell a home in Iowa

  • In 2021, the average time it takes to sell a home in Iowa — from listing through closing — is approximately 98 days. That’s 63 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
  • Key factors that impact Iowa home sale timelines include local market conditions (e.g., buyer demand, job market, rising home values, etc.), time of year, and your property’s type and condition.
  • Your agent’s listing strategy (pricing, marketing, networking, etc.) and the buyer’s financing situation — i.e., the amount of time it takes for them to secure loan approval — will also influence how long your sale ultimately takes.

Read on to learn more about how long it takes to sell a house in Iowa and get some pro tips on how to speed up your sale, get better offers, and save thousands in the process.

Editor’s Note: The data in this article may be slightly skewed because of COVID-19’s disruptive effect on 2020 real estate trends. See the table at the end of this article to compare data from 2020 and 2019 and see how drastically trends were affected in your state.

What’s the average time to sell a house in Iowa?


Average Time to Sell*
Average Price*
National
86 days
$704,881
State
98
$275,934
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)

The average time it takes to sell a house in Iowa in 2021 is 98 days — 63 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 14.0%slower than the national average. Keep in mind that these are annual averages and the numbers will vary by month and/or season.

Best time to sell a house in Iowa

In addition to the average days on market and list price data, we’ve compiled data on the BEST (and worst) times to sell your Iowa house based on what’s most important to you:

  • Fastest Time to Sell: When should you list your home if you’re looking to sell quickly?
  • Highest Sale Price: What month should you list in to get the best possible price for your home?

» LEARN: the best time to sell in Iowa

Best month to sell a house fast in Iowa


Month*
Days on Market**
Best Month
April
43.5 days
Worst Month
January
87 days
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)
**Days on market doesn't include the amount of time it typically includes to close (about 35 days)

The best month to sell a house fast in Iowa is April. The median time it takes for Iowa homes listed in April to sell is 43.5 days, which is 19.5 days faster than the annual average.

» READ: a comprehensive guide on how to sell your house fast

Best month to sell a house in Iowa for price


Month*
Average Price*
Best Month
February
$231,945
Worst Month
December
$214,900
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)

The best month to sell a house in Iowa in terms of sale price is February. The median sale price in February is $231,945, which is 4.6% — or $10,157 — more than the annual average.

Tips to get your Iowa home sold

1. Get a Plumbing and HVAC Inspection

If there's one thing home buyers are nervous about, it's having major systems fail right after they buy a home. You can soothe those concerns and show that your home is a great option by advertising you've recently had inspections of the HVAC and plumbing.

This will help home buyers trust that you care about the condition of your home and they don't have to worry about significant failures in those areas. HVAC is especially important given the Iowa weather!

2. Boost Energy Efficiency

Did we mention that Iowa winters and summers can be a bit extreme? Residents use their heating and cooling regularly throughout the year, sometimes needing both in the same day. Being able to rein in energy costs through efficiency is a big selling point.

Whether you have Energy Star appliances or solar panels, any steps you take to shave energy bills associated with living in your home will help you sell it much more quickly and give you a premium selling price.

3. Remove Clutter and Depersonalize

It's tough to hear that you need to “remove clutter” because those are your personal belongings - they aren't junk! They help make a house your home.

However, when it's time to sell, you no longer want the house to be home to you. Instead, buyers should be able to see themselves living in your property, with their own decorations and knick-knacks. By removing your collections and using neutral décor, you make that possible.

4. Make High-Impact Improvements

You can drive yourself crazy trying to make your home perfect to sell, and you likely won't recover very many of those costs. Fortunately, there are improvements you can make that will boost your home's value without costing you a fortune.

Some ideas include paint, new knobs and pulls for cabinets and drawers, and even attic insulation. Ask your realtor for ideas on what improvements will matter most in your specific market.

5. Boost Curb Appeal

Iowa has a lot of natural beauty, and you can take advantage of that even if you live in a subdivision or major city. Make sure your lawn looks great and is well kept. Trim trees and bushes, and handle any bare spots.

You can also plant a variety of flowers in your yard - they're inexpensive and widely available. If you don't want to do full-scale landscaping, even a few beautiful potted plants will make your house look great from the outside.

Remember, the yard and front door is the first thing a potential buyer sees. You want to make a great impression!

Next steps for Iowa home sellers

If you’re looking to sell your home fast in Iowa and get a great price, Clever can help.

Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Iowa. Get full service and support for a flat $3,000 listing fee — or just 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000. You’ll still have to offer a buyer’s agent commission, per the standard rate in your area (typically 2.5-3%), but overall, you’ll still save up to 50% on standard commission fees.

» LEARN: more about low-commission real estate agents

Importantly, home sellers who list with Clever get their first qualified offer in an average of 24.1 days* — that’s 39 days faster than the average time to offer in Iowa.

Sell your house fast and save thousands!

Work with a top local agent for a fraction of the typical cost.

*Average time to offer for Clever home sellers in 2020

Average time to sell in 2019


2019*
2020*
Average Time to Sell in Iowa:
74 days
98 days
National Average:
80 days
86 days
Average Sale Price in Iowa:
$210,583
$275,934
National Average:
$307,750
$704,881
Best Month for Speed:
August, with an average of 24 days on market
April, with an average of 43.5 days on market
Best Month for Price:
June, with an average sale price of $224,000
February, with an average sale price of $231,945
*Based on data gathered from Realtor.com and Zillow Data Center

Additional resources for Iowa home sellers


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