Palo Alto County offers Midwestern living at its best with tree-lined streets, green spaces, city parks, lakes, and affordable homes of all types and sizes. Different styles of homes abound — quaint bungalows, traditional ranch-style family homes, stately historic Victorian residences and 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 be found. Apartments, condominiums and assisted living quarters are also available.
A number of real estate brokerages throughout the county can help potential residents meet their housing needs. Several communities offer residential property tax abatements as well as demolition assistance.
USDA Housing Program
Financing is available and the interest rate for families with eligible incomes may be reduced to 1 percent. USDA Rural Development is able to loan in communities with a population of less than 20,000.
Please contact Chris Mercer, Area Director, at the USDA Rural Development office in Storm Lake by calling 712-732-1851. The office located at 1619 North Lake Avenue in Storm Lake. The Storm Lake area office serves Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Greene, Palo Alto, Pocahontas and Sac counties.
Details about income limits can be obtained from any local Rural Development office or online at https://www.rd.usda.gov/ia