According to an article in AZCentral, owners who lost their metro Phoenix properties may be eligible for thousands of dollars back in cash due to rising home prices. The publication has more:
Rising home prices mean that houses taken back by lenders are selling for much more — sometimes more than what the borrowers owed. Excess proceeds of sale occur when a foreclosed property goes to auction and sells for more than the amount owed on it.
After the lender is paid off, the remaining money goes to the Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office. It remains there for three years.