The easy answer is ‘yes.’ Plus, you can just send a representative with a ‘Power of Attorney’ to close the deal for you. However, buying a house in the United States does not mean legal status, so you can only stay for as long as your visa permits.
When shopping for a property, below are some other points to consider:
The Real Estate Agent
Know your real estate agent who is helping you purchase the property. Make sure that he or she is licensed by the government to operate. Just know that being licensed is just the beginning. It all often boils down to the agent’s character, experience, expertise, and success in the trade. They should be time-tested, knowledgeable about the industry, and able to put your own interests first.
Discuss your purpose for purchasing real property and your budget with your real estate agent. This will help you and your agent find the perfect property for you. For example, if you plan on buying a house near Brandman University because your children will be studying there, your agent will be able to give you the best houses for sale near the location that fits your budget.
Since the processes to be undertaken in purchasing real estate is a legal one, seeking the help of a real estate attorney (though not mandated) will also be of great help. The real estate attorney can give you some legal and tax-related advice, answer legal questions, clarify terms of sales contract, and check for errors in legal documents, particularly since you’re purchasing this property as foreigner. Some experienced real estate agents, however, should be able to do this for you as well.
It’s always a good thing to equip yourself with the right knowledge before undertaking a big investment. But since you can’t become an expert overnight, start by hiring a professional like a real estate agent to guide you through the legal and purchase process. Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money.