Des Moines, WA Real Estate Market

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q2 2021. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

Des Moines, WA Housing Market Trends

With 32,348 people, 12,114 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $472,841, real estate costs in Des Moines are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Washington communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Des Moines, accounting for 54.46% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Des Moines include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 32.86%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.86%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.33%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Des Moines are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 59.87% owning and 40.13% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Des Moines built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Des Moines built between 1940-1969 ( 39.74%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 8.65%). There's also some housing in Des Moines built before 1939 ( 3.02%).

Des Moines Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Des Moines has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Des Moines real estate appreciated 103.27% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 7.35%, putting Des Moines in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Des Moines definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Des Moines that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Des Moines real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Des Moines appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 10.66%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 72.99% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Des Moines. Des Moines appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 3.76%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 15.89%.

Importantly, this makes Des Moines one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Washington, our data show that Des Moines's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 70% of the other cities and towns in Washington.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Des Moines differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Des Moines - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Des Moines real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values

 

Median Home Value:
$472,841

Des Moines, WA HOME PRICES

> $1,334,000
2.4%
2.4%
$1,001,001 - $1,334,000
2.3%
2.3%
$667,001 - $1,001,000
11.5%
11.5%
$534,001 - $667,000
18.5%
18.5%
$401,001 - $534,000
30.6%
30.6%
$267,001 - $401,000
22.7%
22.7%
$134,001 - $267,000
9.0%
9.0%
$67,001 - $134,000
1.3%
1.3%
$0 - $67,000
1.8%
1.8%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES
Value Relative To State

Very High for Nation

High for WA

Value Relative To Nation

Number Of Homes And Apartments:
12,114

Des Moines Appreciation Rates

 
Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
WA*
Compared To
America*
Latest Quarter:
2021 Q1 - 2021 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2020 Q2 - 2021 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2019 Q2 - 2021 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2016 Q2 - 2021 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2011 Q2 - 2021 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2021 Q2
143.15% 4.22%
5
9
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership

 

Average Market Rent:
$2,246 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners
59.9%
59.9%
Renters
40.1%
40.1%
Vacant
5.2%
5.2%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Housing Market Details

 

Age of Homes

2000 or Newer
8.7%
8.7%
1970 - 1999
48.6%
48.6%
1940 - 1969
39.7%
39.7%
1939 or Older
3.0%
3.0%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Types of Homes

Single-Family
54.5%
54.5%
Townhomes
3.3%
3.3%
Small Apt. Buildings
7.9%
7.9%
Apt. Complexes
32.9%
32.9%
Mobile Homes
1.5%
1.5%
Other
0.0%
0.0%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Home Size

No Bedroom
3.5%
3.5%
1 Bedroom
9.6%
9.6%
2 Bedrooms
33.6%
33.6%
3 Bedrooms
33.3%
33.3%
4 Bedrooms
15.0%
15.0%
5 or more bedrooms
5.1%
5.1%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES