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Howard County Iowa - Real Estate Information


Real Estate Information and Forms

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Real Estate Information


The Howard County Recorder is responsible for land records management, maintaining and recording a wide variety of official documents affecting real estate and numerous other valuable miscellaneous documents.

The office collects real estate transfer tax for the Iowa Department of Revenue and collects and reports the County Auditor's fee on transfer of property..

Land Records Management
Recording Information & Fees
Document Formatting Standards

Real Estate Transfer Tax Calculator

Type your numeric value in the appropriate boxes, then click  anywhere outside that box or press the Tab Key for the total amount due.

Do not type commas (,) or dollar signs ($) into number fields. Press TAB for results.

$ Total Amount Paid
= $ Rounded Up to Nearest $500 Increment
- $ Exemption
= $ Taxable Amount
x $ Tax
Amount Due = $

 You may calculate real estate transfer tax by entering the total amount paid for the property. this calculation is based on $1.60 per thousand and the first $500 is exempt.

Howard County Recorder's Contact

Howard County Courthouse
137 North Elm Street
Cresco IA 52136

Monday - Friday 8:00am -  4:30pm

Phone Number: (563) 547-9210
Fax Number: 
(563) 547-9252

County Recorder: Cherri L. Caffrey

Deputy Recorder: Roxann Vokaty
PT Clerk: Lori Balik