Yes you can. The US Goverment will tax 10% on sales price of the home as a impound account, to make sure tax gets paid. Example: $ 250,000 sales price = $25,000 goverment tax impound.
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Yes, you can purchase property as a non-resident alien.
The tax liability you will incur will be when you sell the property. The US government wants to make sure you pay them a percentage of the sales price when you sell and that amounts to 10%. So if you bought a home for 350 thousand, the title/Escrow company handling the transfer of the paperwork would hold back 35% of any equity in the property.
The tax is know as FIRPTA and you can review the information on t it here:
and also here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p515.pdf
Be sure to review the "Exemption' section as well.
Should you need assistance purchasing property here in the Phoenix, Arizona area I would be happy to help you.
All The Best!