yes and no. I have researched this carefully. At the assessor's web site, we have
colored areas for 2009 and for earlier. IF you reach outside Phoenix, and, sticking to the Red color,
you can find SOME properties that are 3 years delinquent NOW. Thus, "technically," you can
pay all three years and then, begin the lawsuit required to go to court to get a judgment. YOU need to know that
the owner or his lender may show up as late as the last moment and pay you off PLUS late fees.
IF neither does, you get a deed. Then you have to evict if he is still in possession.
CAUTION: I did a very close check and initially found 45 red [older] liens in the city of Phoenix
that LOOKED very odd. They were very skinny when expanded [blown up within the map]. For some
reason, I discovered that the county has "cut off" easements and is selling them separately
on some properties. This is quite illegal............and brings me to caution all tax cert buyers,
not only must one make sure a property is not falling down--or in horrible condition but the
certificate MAY only represent an easement.
I checked further and counties surrounding Maricopa [where Phoenix is], while they have
poorer quality GRAPHICS to depict addresses on a map, they do have many properties
that are already 3-5 yrs behind--thus, one can begin the lawsuit for the deed the month
after demand is made for full reimbursement of the taxes paid and interest.