Phoenix West Valley Real Estate News


Sept. 1, 2023


Hi Everyone

Deed Fraud

I am sending this out to everyone I know because it is so important that you are aware of what's happening & how to protect yourself.

I am attaching a few video links that explain what's happening today in Real Estate Deed Fraud. I am also attaching a link to Maricopa County so that you can set up alerts for your self. The most venerable are home that are owned free & clear & are not in a trust & rental properties. They are also targeting land & vacant lots. I have personally went on Maricopa Counties website & entered my info & I also go on their site and put in my property assessors # and check it every month.

Fraud video

If you’re a homeowner, do you know if your property is safe? I don’t mean from the weather or elements; I’m talking about deed fraud. This is a crime where a person falsely claims ownership of your property. If you aren’t protected, the consequences of this crime can be catastrophic. Today, I’m taking you through how deed fraud works and how you can protect yourself and your home. To learn more, check out this video.

Tools to Combat Seller Impersonation and Deed


June 7, 2023

By K. Michelle Lind

Deed fraud. You have heard about it and read about it. You may have been a victim or know someone

who was. Last August the Attorney General’s Office warned Arizona homeowners about deed fraud with

an informative video on the crime by a Special Investigator.

The Crime

The United States Secret Service Cybercrimes Investigations Field offices have reported a sharp increase

in deed fraud crimes associated with unencumbered (lien-free), non-owner-occupied properties, such as

vacation homes, rental properties, investment properties, and vacant properties. Criminals posing as “out

of town” property owners are listing these targeted properties, falsifying documents, impersonating the

notary, and absconding with the proceeds at close of escrow.

Now there are some tools to help combat this crime.


ALTA Seller Impersonation and Deed Fraud “Red Flags” and Precautions Information

Real estate industry partners must work together to educate ourselves and others about these fraudulent

schemes to help prevent them. The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has published this flyer


listing the deed fraud “red flags” to watch for and the precautions to take to protect property owners and

the industry for this increasingly common crime. Please share this ALTA flyer with your broker, office,

escrow/title company, and local association.


County Recorder Alert Systems

The Pinal and Yavapai County Recorders have a system that allows property owners to sign up to receive

an alert whenever a document is recorded that mentions their name. The Maricopa County Recorder’s

Office is launching a similar opt-in alert system to combat deed fraud. See, Amid a rise in title theft,

Maricopa County launches new alert system (

All of Arizona’s counties are required by a new law (SB 1110) to offer similar alert systems by 2025. The

system will be voluntary, and the notice may be provided by email, text, or other similar means. A.R.S.


These notification systems will alert owners if their property has been subject to deed fraud. This early

warning will assist owners and law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of deed fraud


Common Deed Fraud “Red Flags”

Below are some deed fraud red flags to be aware of and report to your broker and at if fraud is evident.

The property is:

non-owner-occupied or vacant

owned free and clear

The Seller

is out-of-state and will not meet in person

communicates only via email or text

has a different address than the property address or tax mailing address

wants a quick, below market price cash sale

insists on using their own remote notary

wants sale proceeds wired


For More Information

Title Talk – Entity Hijacking/More Deed Fraud:

Arizona Attorney General Deed Fraud:

American Bar Association – How to Avoid Title Fraud on Your Property:


K. Michelle Lind, Esq. is an attorney who currently serves Of Counsel to the Arizona REALTORS®. She is

also the author of the book – Arizona Real Estate: A Professional’s Guide to Law and Practice (3rd Ed.) .

For more real estate related articles, visit Michelle’s Blog at Arizona Real Estate – A Professional’s Guide

to Law & Practice. (


This article is of a general nature and may not be updated or revised for accuracy as statutory or case law

changes following the date of first publication. Further, this article reflects only the opinion of the author,

is not intended as definitive legal advice and you should not act upon it without seeking independent legal

counsel. 6/1/23

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Jan. 24, 2023

Arizona New Build Permits slowing down

New builds slowing down. This could be good news for resale homes. Surprise Arizona is still one of the fastest growing cities in the west valley.

Click here for full story provided by Residential Realty Today

Surprise Arizona Resale Homes

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Aug. 17, 2021

Sun City West home for sale

The Sun City West real estate market is booming. If you are looking for a community that has it all Sun City West in the place. Check out this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home, corner cul-de-sac lot & fenced yard. 

Sun City West homes for sale

Just look at all Sun City West has to offer. Sun City West features amenities include 4 recreation centers, seven golf courses, restaurants,  indoor and outdoor pools, state-of-the-art fitness centers, indoor and outdoor walking tracks, ballrooms, dance studios, hobby and craft rooms, a theater, and a library. 

Sun City West has approximately 16,900-homes & was built by Del Webb. Sun City West offers a mix of single-family homes, condos & patio homes built between 1978 & 1997. The community was designed with a variety of retail stores and shopping centers. Homebuyers will find resort-style amenities

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Corte Bella Homes for sale

Looking for a home in a 55+ gated & guarded resort golf course community? Here it is, Corte Bella Located in Sun City West AZ 85375 has so much to offer stunning golf course views, full golf course club house & snack bar, fitness club, pool, spa, tennis, pickleball, club, game rooms and a great restaurant with bar on the property. view this stunning estate style home with private court yard, private casita for guest and your own private pool.


Corte Bella Homes for sale

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July 31, 2021

Strong Housing Market Surprise AZ

Real Estate market is still going strong.

Surprise AZ & Sun City West areas are still experiencing very low inventory. If you are thinking about selling this maybe the best time for you to sell fast and for the highest value.

Surprise AZ Realtor REMAX home Sales


June is typically the biggest month of the year for home sales, and this year is no different. Here are some highlights from last month’s housing report... June home sales increased 14.2% month over month, more than doubling the 6.4% average gain from May to June in 2015-2019. Year over year, sales were up 26.4%. The median sales price of $336,000 was 4.9% over May, very similar to the typical May-to-June increase of 4.6%. Year over year, June’s price is 21.9% higher than June 2020, which was $275,000. ​The 1.9% increase in inventory from May to June was far greater than the typical gain of 0.6%. Still, inventory was down 37.5% year over year. It continues to be a seller’s market, and the uptick in inventory has sellers confident they can find a new home once they sell. As always, I’m here to help. Feel free to email or call me if you need anything. Want to buy or list a home this year? Let’s book a time to meet.







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May 18, 2021

Surprise Arizona in Top 10

Surprise Arizona 

Surprise Arizona came in 2nd for the most financially secure city in Arizona. Surprise is a booming area with a mix of 55+ adult communities and multigenerational communities. In Surprise you can still find affordable living with homes & condos ranging from the high $150,000 for condos & single family homes ranging from the high $200,000 to the millions. Surprise also has horse properties, acreage, agriculture, parks, hiking and hundreds of restaurant's & shopping available. If you want to know more about Surprise are give me a call. Sharon Mason at REMAX Professionals.


Surprise Arizona map

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Sun City West 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home

Sun City West 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home with office space. Updated kitchen & bathrooms, new paint inside & out, new lighting & plumbing fixtures.
To view this home call Sharon at 623-810-9988
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Care Free living

Enjoy a carefree life in this Sun City West 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home. HOA takes care of water, sewer, trash, exterior maintenance & roof. See more homes like this at

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Sun City West Home for sale

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Feb. 24, 2021

STEAMING HOT Arizona Real Estate

Trying to find a home in the Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Sun City & Surprise AZ area is getting more difficult by the day. I just checked our inventory & it is half of what we had last month. See below some market stats.

Arizona Real Estate

Sun City Grand inventory right now. Active home listing on the market 18 total priced from $169,000 to $839,000 Click Here to see attached inventory link. 

Sun City West inventory right now. Active home listings on the market 51 total priced from $169,000 to $537,000 Click Here to see attached inventory link. 

Sun City inventory right now. Active home listings on the market 64 total priced from $98,000 to $895,000 Click Here to see attached inventory link. 

Surprise All age inventory without Adult communities, Active home listings on the market 58 total priced from $280,000 to $1,300,000 Click Here to see attached inventory link. 

These are only active listing, not under contract or pending or coming soon listings as you will find on Zillow and some other sights. The above links are from the actual MLS.

If you have been thinking about selling your home this maybe the time to get top dollar.


Posted in Local News
Jan. 11, 2021

REMAX November National housing report

Real Estate is Booming
Home sales were up nearly 20% year-over-year in November, according to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report. In addition to record sales in November, here are three things that you should know from the latest report. The Median Sales Price was up 13.8% from November 2019. The number of days a home stays on the market is down to just 36. November was the fourth month in a row to set a new record for the fewest listings. The Real Estate Is thriving so if you are thinking of buying or selling give me a call or go to and click on What's My Home Worth for a FREE Home Evaluation

REMAX Housing report