Gee, when I moved to Phoenix in 1971, we didn't realize that we had all these problems that are now being pursued by different regulator bodies today. I've lived in several brick homes in the Phoenix area over the years and it all comes down to location, location and location.
What I mean is there are many areas that have lovely hundred-year-old houses that have been rebuilt, remodeled, whole neighborhoods redone by professionals moving into areas and refurbishing them. Example might be Ecanto Park, Old Central Ave. North, parts if old Scottsdale,, etc.
So many of these homes are now REO homes and have been remodeled prior to foreclosure. So look for specific areas, neighborhoods that have been updated, and maintained regardless of the foreclosures.
Make sure you do due diligence, with home inspections etc. But above all, look at a lot of REO properties and you will find many that are in excellent condition and ready to move into.
I loved my old brick homes in the Phoenix area. I still get calls from Realtor friends still live there, and sayâ€ you got to come , and get this homeâ€. So I know that there are beautiful out there for you to buy.
Keep looking. Find a good Realtor to help you.