Buying a Home in Iowa

Welcome to the Iowa Resource Center. Whether you’re new to Iowa, or a native, we have plenty of resources to help you get educated about buying and financing a home.

City Websites in Iowa

You’ll find countless helpful resources and contact information for your questions at the local level.
City Websites in Iowa

Iowa School Ratings & Info

Iowa Dept of Education
for information on schools and school “report cards.”
Iowa School Report Cards
School performance info at for Iowa

Iowa Property Research & Inspection Tools

Iowa Realtors Home Buyers Guide
Sample Iowa Home Buyers Guide PDF
We recommend that buyers research underground storage tanks if you are buying an older home that may have a buried heating oil tank.

Home Loan & Down Payment Assistance in Iowa

US Dept of Housing & Urban Development: Iowa Homeowner Assistance Programs
HUD: Iowa Homeownership Assistance Programs

Iowa Finance Authority Loan & Grant Programs
Programs for first time buyers & down payment assistance
Iowa Finance Authority

Good Neighbor Next Door Program

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Program that offers Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Pre-K thru 12th Grade Teachers a 50% discount off the list prices of homes.

HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program

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