Life in Butler and Grundy Counties is great! The relaxed, safe, and spacious quality of life offered with our small communities is exactly what you have been looking for! We offer school districts with a commitment to creating a passion for learning that will sustain your children for a lifetime. The amenities and services available only minutes away in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro area have all come together to make Butler and Grundy Counties along with the entire Cedar Valley region one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family!
The housing market is strong, but affordable. Whether you are considering buying an existing home, or looking at the growing developments featuring the best in new construction. You will find homes are well-kept with many in move-in condition. If you're looking to locate in the wide-open space of the country, a small residential acreage or true farm/ranch can also be found. Duplexes, apartments, condominiums and a variety of housing styles are available.
A number of real estate brokerages throughout the region are here to help you find the perfect house to make your home. Several communities offer residential property tax incentives for new construction, and we have partners here to help you with financing tools for first-time home buyers.
To assist communities in the two county region, in 2019, The Butler-Grundy Development Alliance county-wide housing needs assessments for Butler and Grundy Counties. The housing needs assessments (HNA), provide city leaders and potential housing developers with e accurate data and information needed to make decisions on future planning and investments to meet housing needs in each community. The assessments were completed by the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) planning department, and the year-long process involved compiling data from federal, state, and local sources, along with the completion of “windshield surveys” for each community. This was a street level assessment of every residential property in every community. Each property was given a score based on a set of criteria. This helps to determine the condition and age of the existing housing stock. The assessment process also looks at population trends and forecasts for each community, demographic information, workforce commuting data, availability of land for new housing, new construction trends in the community, as well as sales data and input from realtors on the local housing market. The final reports for each community are available below.