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Overview of Iowa Mortgages

If you decide to become a Hawkeye homeowner, know that mortgage rates have historically been higher than the national average. That means Iowa monthly mortgage payments are a bit pricier than those in the rest of the country. Iowa counties’ conforming loan limits are fully standard, as every county is in line with the national limit.

Today's Mortgage Rates in Iowa

Product Today Last Week Change
30 year fixed 4.18% 4.25% -0.07
15 year fixed 3.56% 3.63% -0.06
5/1 ARM 3.00% 3.00% 0.00
30 yr fixed mtg refi 3.79% 3.79% 0.00
15 yr fixed mtg refi 3.56% 3.63% -0.06
7/1 ARM refi 4.75% 4.75% 0.00
15 yr jumbo fixed mtg refi 3.38% 3.44% -0.06

National Mortgage Rates

Source: Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, SmartAsset Research
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Historical Mortgage Rates in Iowa

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Iowa Mortgage Rates Quick Facts

  • Median Home Value: $137,200 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Loan Funding Rate: 62.75% (CFPB)
  • Average Mortgage Rate: 4.74% (FHFA)
  • Homeownership Rate: 68.9% (St. Louis Fed)
  • Median Monthly Homeownership Costs: $1,234 (U.S. Census Bureau)

For the past decade or so, Iowa mortgage rates have been coming in slightly above the national average.

A financial advisor in Iowa can help you plan for the homebuying process. Financial advisors can also help with investing and financial plans, including tax, retirement and estate planning, to make sure you are preparing for the future.

Iowa Historic Mortgage Rates

YearIowa RateU.S. Rate
198213.8114.73
198312.3312.26
198412.1211.99
198510.8411.17
19869.899.79
19878.858.95
19888.978.98
19899.699.81
19909.889.74
19919.469.07
19928.177.83
19937.066.93
19947.337.31
19958.027.69
19967.787.58
19977.737.52
19987.056.97
19997.327.14
20008.067.86
20016.926.94
20026.536.44
20035.665.67
20045.705.68
20055.805.85
20066.476.54
20076.396.42
20086.046.06
20095.025.05
20104.804.81
20114.624.56
20123.543.65
20133.823.84
20144.174.13
20153.943.88
20163.833.73
20174.164.03
20184.744.56

Iowa Mortgages Overview

Midwestern real estate is often more affordable than coastal homes, and that’s the case in Iowa too. The median home is priced at $157,200, which is well below the nation’s median of $237,000, according to Zillow. Property values vary throughout the state, but prices are lower than other states overall.

Every county in the state has a standard conforming loan limit of $510,400 and FHA loan limit of $331,760, putting Iowa once again at an average rate in line with the rest of the country.

Conforming and FHA Loan Limits by County

CountyConforming LimitFHA Limit
Adair$510,400$331,760
Adams$510,400$331,760
Allamakee$510,400$331,760
Appanoose$510,400$331,760
Audubon$510,400$331,760
Benton$510,400$331,760
Black Hawk$510,400$331,760
Boone$510,400$331,760
Bremer$510,400$331,760
Buchanan$510,400$331,760
Buena Vista$510,400$331,760
Butler$510,400$331,760
Calhoun$510,400$331,760
Carroll$510,400$331,760
Cass$510,400$331,760
Cedar$510,400$331,760
Cerro Gordo$510,400$331,760
Cherokee$510,400$331,760
Chickasaw$510,400$331,760
Clarke$510,400$331,760
Clay$510,400$331,760
Clayton$510,400$331,760
Clinton$510,400$331,760
Crawford$510,400$331,760
Dallas$510,400$331,760
Davis$510,400$331,760
Decatur$510,400$331,760
Delaware$510,400$331,760
Des Moines$510,400$331,760
Dickinson$510,400$331,760
Dubuque$510,400$331,760
Emmet$510,400$331,760
Fayette$510,400$331,760
Floyd$510,400$331,760
Franklin$510,400$331,760
Fremont$510,400$331,760
Greene$510,400$331,760
Grundy$510,400$331,760
Guthrie$510,400$331,760
Hamilton$510,400$331,760
Hancock$510,400$331,760
Hardin$510,400$331,760
Harrison$510,400$331,760
Henry$510,400$331,760
Howard$510,400$331,760
Humboldt$510,400$331,760
Ida$510,400$331,760
Iowa$510,400$331,760
Jackson$510,400$331,760
Jasper$510,400$331,760
Jefferson$510,400$331,760
Johnson$510,400$331,760
Jones$510,400$331,760
Keokuk$510,400$331,760
Kossuth$510,400$331,760
Lee$510,400$331,760
Linn$510,400$331,760
Louisa$510,400$331,760
Lucas$510,400$331,760
Lyon$510,400$331,760
Madison$510,400$331,760
Mahaska$510,400$331,760
Marion$510,400$331,760
Marshall$510,400$331,760
Mills$510,400$331,760
Mitchell$510,400$331,760
Monona$510,400$331,760
Monroe$510,400$331,760
Montgomery$510,400$331,760
Muscatine$510,400$331,760
O’Brien$510,400$331,760
Osceola$510,400$331,760
Page$510,400$331,760
Palo Alto$510,400$331,760
Plymouth$510,400$331,760
Pocahontas$510,400$331,760
Polk$510,400$331,760
Pottawattamie$510,400$331,760
Poweshiek$510,400$331,760
Ringgold$510,400$331,760
Sac$510,400$331,760
Scott$510,400$331,760
Shelby$510,400$331,760
Sioux$510,400$331,760
Story$510,400$331,760
Tama$510,400$331,760
Taylor$510,400$331,760
Union$510,400$331,760
Van Buren$510,400$331,760
Wapello$510,400$331,760
Warren$510,400$331,760
Washington$510,400$331,760
Wayne$510,400$331,760
Webster$510,400$331,760
Winnebago$510,400$331,760
Winneshiek$510,400$331,760
Woodbury$510,400$331,760
Worth$510,400$331,760
Wright$510,400$331,760

Iowa has required real estate disclosures, meaning the seller must disclose that basement flood or leaky roof. But regardless of the laws, it’s still best to opt for a home inspection before officially closing on your home. This will protect buyers from uncovering massive pitfalls after they’ve purchased the property.

Additionally, Iowa is one of a dozen or so states in the country that is non-recourse, which is good news for a worst-case scenario. If you buy a house in Iowa and it later goes into foreclosure, your house could be worth less than what you owe on your mortgage. In a recourse state, the lender could go after your assets to make up for that deficiency. But in a non-recourse state, you typically won’t be held liable to make up that difference.

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates in Iowa

Weighing your mortgage options in the Hawkeye State? You’ll probably want to consider a fixed-rate mortgage if you are planning on staying in your home for the long haul. A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of home loan. With this mortgage you have a long time to pay back the loan (30 years) and your interest rate will remain steady throughout that time, unless you refinance. You also have the option of obtaining a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage which comes with a lower interest rate, but the monthly payments for that will be higher.

The average Iowa mortgage rate for a fixed 30-year mortgage is 3.77%.

Iowa Jumbo Loan Rates

If you need to take out a loan that exceeds that limit, it’s considered a jumbo loan and it will be accompanied by a higher interest rate. Iowa homes are less expensive than the average American home, so the jumbo loan limit holds steady at $510,400 in every Iowa county. The higher rates reflect the increased risk for lenders who issue these outsize loans.

The average jumbo loan rate in Iowa is 3.73%.

Iowa ARM Loan Rates

An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) could be a good option if you are looking to flip the house you buy or if it’s a starter home that you think you will move out of pretty quickly. The main attraction of an ARM is that it offers a lower initial interest rate for a fixed period of time between one and 10 years, depending on the loan’s terms. When that period ends, the rate can change and usually will go up. However, how often it goes up as well as a cap on how high it can get is laid out in the terms. Since you know from the get-go what the highest possible rate is, it is a smart idea to check that it’s something that you can afford if your plans were to suddenly change.

The average rate for a 5/1 ARM in Iowa is 3.61%.

Iowa Mortgage Resources

If you need assistance buying a home in Iowa, here are some of the options that can help you at any step of the process.

The Iowa Finance Authority has a couple different options for homebuyers, both of which offer 30-year fixed-rate mortgages. First-time homebuyers can look into the FirstHome program, and first and repeat buyers can apply for the Homes for Iowans Program, which helps potential buyers afford a home in Iowa. There are “plus” versions of both of those programs as well, and that adds in a $2,500 grant for a down payment or closing costs.

The Neighborhood Finance Corporation also has several loan and grant opportunities for homeowners in certain lending areas. The NFC offers up to $10,000 in forgivable home improvement funds, up to $2,500 in closing cost assistance, no private mortgage insurance and a competitive fixed interest rate.

Available Resources

ResourceProblem or IssueWho Qualifies
Iowa Finance AuthorityLoan options for any eligible homebuyer, plus down payment assistance programs.Homebuyers who meet income requirements.
Neighborhood Finance CorporationOffers up to $10,000 in forgivable home improvement funds, up to $2,500 in closing cost assistance, no private mortgage insurance and a competitive fixed interest rate.Eligible homebuyers seeking homes in designated lending areas.
USDA Rural Development - Single family loansOffers payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability.Applicants must be without decent, safe and sanitary housing; Be unable to obtain a loan from other resources on terms and conditions that can reasonably be expected to meet; Agree to occupy the property as your primary residence; Have the legal capacity to incur a loan obligation; Meet citizenship or eligible noncitizen requirements; and Not be suspended or debarred from participation in federal programs.

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program also offers loan help and mortgage grants throughout the country. The program aims to help develop more rural areas of a state while offering safe, affordable housing for residents. Iowa has grants and loans available for home repairs as well as loan assistance programs for those who qualify.

Iowa Mortgage Taxes

Homeowners are allowed to deduct the mortgage interest they pay when they file their federal income taxes and this deduction applies for Iowa state income taxes as well. You can double your deductions for the qualifying mortgage interest payments you have made in the tax year by including it on both state and federal filings.

Also keep in mind that Iowa charges taxes on real estate property title transfers. The real estate transfer tax for Iowa is $1.60 per $1,000, with the first $500 being exempt. In Iowa transactions, the seller typically pays this fee.

Iowa Mortgage Refinance

Refinancing can help cut thousands of dollars off your overall mortgage. Iowans hoping to refinance have options. The Neighborhood Finance Corporation also offers a refinance program in its NFC lending areas. You also always have the option of returning to the lender who issued your current mortgage and comparing the rates with other lenders, in order to land on a new plan that is the best fit for your current situation.

Best Places To Get A Mortgage

SmartAsset’s interactive mortgage map highlights the best counties in the country (and in each state) for securing a mortgage. Hover over counties and states to see data points for each region, or use the map’s tabs to view the top counties for each of the factors driving our analysis.

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Rank County Loan Funding Rate 5 Year Borrowing Costs Property Tax Annual Mortgage Payment

Methodology For many people buying a house means securing a mortgage. To determine the best places in the country to get a mortgage we looked at four factors: overall borrowing costs, ease of securing a mortgage, cheap property taxes and cheap annual mortgage payments.

To calculate the overall borrowing costs, we looked at the expected costs over the first five years of a $200,000 mortgage with a 20% down payment, including closing costs. We calculated the ease of getting a mortgage as the ratio of mortgage applications to actual mortgage originations (secured mortgages) in each county. We based annual mortgage payments on the annual principal and interest payments for a $200,000 loan in that location, using average mortgage rates in each county.

Finally, we ranked locations based on these four factors, and then averaged those rankings, giving equal weight to each factor. The areas with the lowest average rankings are the best places to get a mortgage.

Sources: Mortgage Bankers Association, US Census Bureau 2017 5-Year American Community Survey, Informa, Bankrate, government websites, SmartAsset