Maricopa County: Property Search By Address

As professionals, we do not have the luxury of time to devote to hunting down information we need on a property here in Maricopa County. The numerous cities and towns that fall within the county boundary are separate entities of their own, leaving us unsure where to go first. Where do you begin when trying to find property data?

We will share a one-click, instant solution to get property data further down. First, let’s look at the process and places to go to find the information. 


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A Synopsis of Maricopa County

The vast open areas of the quiet Arizona desert fills most of Maricopa County. It may feel as if you drive yet never find civilization. However, the 9,224 square mile footprint of Phoenix quickly lets you know there is more to the desert than barren ground! Maricopa County proudly embraces Phoenix, the 5th largest city in the U.S. Surprisingly, over half of Arizona (population) lives in Maricopa County!

Maricopa County is rich in Native American history and culture. In fact, the county got its name from the Maricopa Indians. There are numerous reservations still thriving within the county today. Two of which are the largest reservations; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Gila River Indian Reservation.

Just south of the Gila River reservation is the City of Maricopa. It sits outside of Maricopa County. It can be quite confusing to distinguish the difference by merely mentioning “Maricopa” with the locals. Some interpret that as the city, while some assume it’s the county.

You get the best of both worlds in rural/suburban living, all within driving distance of the city (Phoenix.) Unless you are in the heart of the city, you will find that everything feels rather spread out and expansive with a remote feel. Unlike many cities, Phoenix and the surrounding area don’t have vertical growth, but rather horizontal. There’s no skyscrapers and high-rise residential living here.

Owning or Renting Property in Maricopa County

Renting Property in Maricopa County

Maricopa County draws in prospective residents due to the rapid growth of the area and all that it has to offer. Those shopping for a home will be met with a wide range of styles, prices, and locations. Modest neighborhoods warmly welcome first-time homebuyers and families. It’s considered a very friendly area. For those seeking something a little more luxurious, there are mega-mansions situated in the foothills out away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Quick Facts About Maricopa County

  • Founded in 1871
  • Population (2018) 4.4 million
  • Hospitals: 22
  • Public School Districts: 58 (700,000 students)
  • Colleges/Universities: 13
  • Includes 25 cities/towns and a few communities that remain unincorporated
  • Tribal land includes Fort McDowell Yavapai, Gila River, Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Tohono O’odham
  • Phoenix is the county seat as well as the capital of Arizona
  • Received its name in the 1700s to honor the Maricopa Indians

Cities and Towns in Maricopa County

Cities and Towns in Maricopa County

There are 25 cities/towns that are within the boundaries of Maricopa County. A few unincorporated areas are also in the county but are not classified as a town or city.

  • Apache Junction
  • Avondale
  • Buckeye
  • Carefree
  • Cave Creek
  • Chandler
  • El Mirage
  • Fountain Hills
  • Gila Bend
  • Gilbert
  • Glendale
  • Goodyear
  • Guadalupe
  • Litchfield Park
  • Mesa
  • Paradise Valley
  • Peoria
  • Phoenix
  • Queen Creek
  • Scottsdale
  • Sun City
  • Sun City West
  • Surprise
  • Tempe
  • Tolleson
  • Wickenburg
  • Youngtown

Property and Economy Climate in Maricopa County

Home Value Appreciation for Maricopa County

Property and Economy Climate in Maricopa County

The median price of a home is $318,895. Home values in Maricopa County increased 11.7% over the past year and are forecasted to increase another 8.3% in the year coming.

Owner Occupancy Rate for Maricopa County

The owner-occupancy rate during 2014-1028 was at 61.4%.

Rental Property Data for Maricopa County

Median monthly rent during 2014-2018 was $1,079.00.

GDP Maricopa County

2018: $19,900,834
2017: $19,599,392

Major Employers in Maricopa County

Maricopa County’s economy depends on numerous employers who provide jobs for the residents.

  • State of Arizona (state government jobs: employs 37,655 people)
  • Banner Health (employs 36,213 people)
  • Wal-Mart Stores (employs 33,814 people)
  • Wells Fargo (employs 15,062 people)
  • Maricopa County (county government jobs: employs 14,427 people)
  • City of Phoenix (city government jobs: employs 13,894 people)
  • Arizona State University (employs 13,480 people)
  • Raytheon Missile Systems (employs 12,000 people)
  • HonorHealth System (employs 11,308 people)
  • Dignity Health Arizona (employs 11,2061 people)

Mortgages in Maricopa County

  • 69% of the population in Maricopa County has a mortgage.
  • $1,000 - $1,500 per month (24%)
  • $1,500 - $2,000 per month (16%)
  • 8% of those who live in Maricopa County have second mortgages or HELOCs.

Property Insurance and Risks in Maricopa County

There are no significant risks to properties in Maricopa County. The area is subject to wildfires, dust storms, extreme heat, drought, and monsoon storms. The price of insurance is lower when in a lower-risk area like Maricopa County.

Public Record Access in Maricopa County

Public Record Access in Maricopa County

Property records are available to the public. However, you must endure the process of getting what may turn out to be incomplete data and, quite possible, inaccurate information! Breaking through the barriers that are present in county government infrastructures poses a very time-consuming undertaking. How do you know where to start when trying to find Maricopa County real estate records?

Searching for property records for Maricopa County has two starting points. Unless you do some serious digging into the county’s website, you’ll never know where these starting points are. Maricopa County Property Appraiser does not “hold the key” to records like some counties do in other states.

We are about to break down both “gateways” to public records and provide you the end results. You may discover towards the end of this informative article that you come to truly appreciate the service of a data provider such as PropertyScout.io. Time is money, and if we leverage ways to be more productive with efficiency, the investment is worth every penny!

Most of us assume that going directly to the specific city or town where the property is located is a jumping-off point, not so because property records fall under the county jurisdiction rather than city or town. With that being said, we begin at the county level. This makes the searching process a breeze for our users.


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Gateway #1 to Maricopa County’s Property Records: Landing Page

  • The landing page of Maricopa County’s official government website.
  • There are several options that we would typically click on.

Option #1

Landing Page: Enter “property records” in the “search” bar.

  • This yields 7,300 results, which you must individually scour (relative to residents paying tax bills, sewage, etc.)

Option #2

Landing Page: Scroll down to “Parcel Information - Find” or “Property Taxes - Pay”

  • “Parcel Information - Find” takes you to the Assessor’s page where you must enter a known address, APN, or owner name. This sends you deeper into more pages.
  • “Property Taxes - Pay” is not a Maricopa County property tax search link, but rather a portal for residents with tax issues.

Option #3

Landing Page: Click on “Request a Public Record” (left side of the screen.)

  • “Public Records Request” page opens with a list of “By Subject” or “By Department.”
  • You must then scroll down to either “Property Tax” or “Property Value Information.”
  • Select either “Non-Commercial Purpose” or “Commercial Purpose.”
  • A form appears that you must print off, complete, and mail to the tiny address at the bottom (Assessor’s office.) There’s no information on how long it takes to get the data, and there may be additional costs incurred for requested records.

Those well-seasoned in property record searches know that when in doubt, go to either the tax assessor or appraiser department (online or in person.) However, for those of us who may not know this, your efforts were limited with one of the three options in “Gateway #1” above.

Let’s continue on to show you the process if you manage to get to the tax assessor’s landing page.

Gateway #2 to Maricopa County’s Property Records: Assessor’s Office

  • Option #1: Scroll down to buttons/links
  • “Property” (This is a Maricopa County property lookup designed for residents only.)
  • “Maps” (Takes you to a layered GIS map system that requires known parcel, subdivision, range, zip, or map info entered. Once entered, it takes you deeper into the GIS map system that fails to yield property info.)
  • “News” (n/a)
  • “Our Office” (n/a)
  • “Forms” (for residents only)
  • “Reports/Data” (annual budget reports for the county)
  • Option #2: Enter information in the “Search” bar (address, owner name, APN, etc.)
  • “Real Property” screen appears.
  • Click on one of the following (APN, Owner, Address, Subdivision, MCR, S/T/R, Property Type.)
  • Note that if you click on “Owner” with hopes of getting Maricopa County property records by name, you won’t. Clicking on the owner’s name merely does nothing.
  • Results appear on another page. HOWEVER, scroll to the bottom, and you will be greeted with a disclaimer.

    “CAUTION! USERS SHOULD INDEPENDENTLY RESEARCH AND VERIFY INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE BEFORE RELYING ON IT. The Assessor does not guarantee that any information provided on this website is accurate, complete, or current….Assessor has gathered information from independent sources and made it available on this site, and the original information may have contained errors and omissions. Errors and omissions may also have occurred in the process of gathering, interpreting, and reporting the information. Information on the website is not updated in "real-time”...Assessor has gathered information from independent sources and made it available on this site, and the original information may have contained errors and omissions. Errors and omissions may also have occurred in the process of gathering, interpreting, and reporting the information. Information on the website is not updated in "real-time." In addition, users are cautioned that the process used on this site to illustrate the boundaries of the adjacent parcels is not always consistent with the recorded documents for such parcels. The parcel boundaries depicted on this site are for illustrative purposes only, and the exact relationship of adjacent parcels should be independently researched and verified.”
  • Should you choose to go further into the results, you are met once again with the layered GIS map system that you must “agree” to before accessing it. Once in, you are met with a “Search By” box in a forward layer on the map. There are various icons you must click on, which takes you even deeper into the GIS map system.

The process of doing a search in Maricopa County’s system is similar to entering a cave. As you enter, you go further (deeper) into the system. The deeper you go, the more you find small tunnels on the side that take you off the main pathway. Luckily, we have the option of clicking our way out of the abyss!

There is a way to BYPASS the “deep caverns within the cave.”

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Now, who has the time to go “caving” for property data; we surely don’t! Although obtaining property records in Maricopa County is capable of consuming time, there is a solution to get what you need instantly with one click of a button.

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