You should start by contacting a lender. It is best to contact a direct lender. In today's competitive market these offers are being accepted more readily. Bank of America, Wells Fargo or Chase should be able to handle your needs as a foreign investor.
Once you have your loan secured you should interview agents in the area in which you are interested and find one that is well suited to your particular needs.
Best of luck in your home purchase.
A lot of the Major banks are offering great programs right now where Loan fees are as low as $1300-1500. If you're spending around $500,000 for example the title & escrow fees are approx. $3,500.
The property tax will be roughly 1.25% of the purchase price and closing costs approximately 2%. Good luck with your home search.
Real Estate Consultant
Keller Williams Los Feliz
When you are a buyer in the USA the cost of the agent is covered usually but the seller. Not including your downpayment and loan costs, other fees typically run about 1.5% of the sales price. This covers tax, title and escrow charges. For an exact or more precise amount of your closing costs we would need to know what financing you intend on doing. If you have any questions or want to "pick my brain" with any thoughts, let me know.
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
Normally in LA the property taxes are 1.25% of the price YOU paid for the property.
for other areas, you should contact either a realtor or an escrow company in that area.
closing costs for a normal transaction should run about 3% of the purchase price, but it depends on small variables. Ask your agent.
Want more specifics? call me directly. I am a Los Feliz agent. Have been for past 20 years.
Happy home buying !