Current home values in Iowa

Home values have been rising throughout Iowa and are up 6.0% from a year ago.

Statewide, the median value for a single-family home — meaning half are worth more, half are worth less — is currently $246,155, Realtor says.

Real estate agents say would-be homebuyers in some parts of the country are starting to overcome the obstacles caused by COVID-19 and are going virtual house hunting to take advantage of today's bargain mortgage rates and the low monthly house payments they provide.

Here's how that works in Iowa: Let's say you want to buy a mid-priced home using a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at the current average interest, which is a low 3.33%, according to mortgage company Freddie Mac.

A 30-year mortgage for a $246,155 home at 3.33% would give a typical Iowa homebuyer a monthly payment of $866, assuming a 20% down payment.

How the Iowa housing market stacks up

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Families can enjoy time outside, but still be close to cities

The state's median home value is higher than the U.S. median of $248,948, which is up 5.1% from a year ago.

While the coronavirus is expected to continue hanging over the U.S. economy like a dark cloud, Zillow forecasts that U.S. home values will rise 5.1% over the next year, while in Iowa, they're predicted to rise 4.1%.

Homes right now are going on the market in Iowa at a median price of $125 per square foot, versus $134 per square foot nationwide.

Are you looking to buy? Take a look at today's best mortgage rates where you live.

Iowa home prices over the last 10 years

Year Avg. Price
2020* $154,511
2019 $145,800
2018 $140,433
2017 $134,842
2016 $128,575
2015 $123,775
2014 $119,008
2013 $115,658
2012 $112,442
2011 $110,917
2010 $112,600
2009 $111,825

*2020 price average through March 31, 2020.

How much for an average-sized home?

Here's what a 2,500-square-foot home in Iowa is worth now, and how that's changed over the last decade, based on the Zillow Home Value Index.

Year Avg. Price
2020* $312,500
2019 $292,500
2018 $282,500
2017 $275,000
2016 $260,000
2015 $252,500
2014 $240,000
2013 $232,500
2012 $225,000
2011 $220,000
2010 $225,000
2009 $222,500

*2020 price average through March 31, 2020.

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