A question I get asked a lot via email is whether Iowa City has relocation services that help renters relocating to Iowa City. Unlike in some other states, there is no mechanism in place for renters to work with agents to find a rental. It’s down to renters to approach the property management companies directly.
That information of course will not help you find a place to live in Iowa City. That’s why I’ve put together a list of some of the popular rental and property management companies for downtown Iowa City and the Iowa City area in general. In addition to the resources below, there is another resource for renters at IowaHousingSearch.org. This a new website started by the Iowa Finance Authority to help pull together rentals in Iowa and make it easier for renters to find the right home to fit their budget.
Links to Websites that Specialize in Rental Properties in the Iowa City area:
Another really good source for rentals is Craigslist. (Home owners looking to rent their homes privately use it, because it’s free of course). The Daily Iowan, (the UI Newspaper) is also a good place to check. They are obviously focused on folks relocating to the Iowa City area for the UIOWA.
If you get sticker shock from the prices of rentals in Iowa City, (and many people do), keep in mind that you might find buying a home in Iowa City cheaper than renting. Especially since here in Iowa City we have local banks that offer 100% financing options for “in house ” loans, (that’s loans not sold on the secondary market). They have great rates too. Drop me an email if you’d like more information about that.