Home Values

Polk County Home Prices & Values

Zillow Home Value Index

The Zillow Home Value Index is the median Zestimate valuation for a given geographic area on a given day. Learn more

$148,500

  • 3.1% 1-year change
  • 2.5% 1-year forecast

The median home value in Polk County is $148,500. Polk County home values have gone up 3.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.5% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Polk County is $120, which is lower than the Des Moines Metro average of $124. The median price of homes currently listed in Polk County is $157,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $158,600. The median rent price in Polk County is $895, which is lower than the Des Moines Metro median of $1,000.

Foreclosures will be a factor impacting home values in the next several years. In Polk County 5.5 homes are foreclosed (per 10,000). This is greater than the Des Moines Metro value of 4.6 and also greater than the national value of 4.0

Mortgage delinquency is the first step in the foreclosure process. This is when a homeowner fails to make a mortgage payment. The percent of delinquent mortgages in Polk County is 4.8%, which is lower than the national value of 6.4%. With U.S. home values having fallen by more than 20% nationally from their peak in 2007 until their trough in late 2011, many homeowners are now underwater on their mortgages, meaning they owe more than their home is worth. The percent of Polk County homeowners underwater on their mortgage is 12.4%, which is lower than Des Moines Metro at 13.3%.

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Polk County Market Overview

Data through Dec 31, 2014
  • $148,500 ZHVI
  • 2.5% 1-yr forecast
    The Zillow Home Value Forecast is Zillow's prediction of what the Zillow Home Value Index will be one year from now. Learn more
    (Dec 31, 2015)
  • $157,900 Median listing price
  • $158,600 Median sale price
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Polk County Market Health

Data through Dec 31, 2014
  • 2.6/10 Less healthy
    The Market Health Index illustrates the current health of a region's housing market relative to other markets across the country. The Market Health Index is based on up to 10 metrics including those capturing the past and projected evolution of home values, the prevalence of foreclosures, foreclosure re-sales, negative equity and delinquency, as well as whether homes are currently selling faster or slower than in the past.
  • 91 Average days on Zillow (Nov 30, 2014)
  • 12.4% Homes with negative equity (16.9% US Avg) (Sep 30, 2014)
  • 4.8% Delinquent on mortgage (6.4% US Avg) (Sep 30, 2014)

Homes foreclosed (per 10,000)

5.5 homes Polk County
4.6 homes Des Moines Metro
4 homes United States
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Cities in Polk County

Name Median ZHVI
Johnston $238,300
Polk City $233,600
Urbandale $191,100
Name Median ZHVI
Bondurant $186,900
Ankeny $183,800
Altoona $175,900
Name Median ZHVI
Pleasant Hill $173,400
Windsor Heights $167,500
Des Moines $110,500

Listings & Sales

Data through Dec 31, 2014
  • $120 Median list price / sq ft
  • $115 Median sale price / sq ft
  • 16.3% Listings with price cut
24.6%
Sold below listing
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Polk County Rentals

Data through Dec 31, 2014
  • Zillow Rent Index

  • $1,244 Polk County
    $1,244 Des Moines Metro
    $1,345 United States

    The Zillow Rent Index is the median Rent Zestimate valuation for a given geographic area on a given day. Learn more

  • 2.0 Breakeven horizon
    The breakeven horizon is the number of years after which buying is more financially advantageous than renting. Learn more
    (Jun 30, 2014)
  • $895 Rent list price
  • $0.90 Rent list price / sq ft
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