1. Will you be in the L1A or L1B category?
2. Do you expect to stay for your maximum allowable period?
3. The new home community you've indicated is next to a VERY busy train track...are you aware of this?
4. There are private schools in the area but it would be important to know what is important to you in a private school (student / instructor ratio, curriculum, tuition, etc.)
Guy E Gimenez ABR, CRS, GRI
Broker and Owner
The PowerHouse Group
Excellent private schools exist all around Austin, so first and foremost, decide on the type of educational environment you're looking for and identify your work location, if you'll be working at a location other than your home.
Commute issues can be significant, so the choice of where to live has to take into account your daily travel requirements, and if being close to the school while at work, is important, you should also consider this issue.
Since you're a cash buyer, you have no challenges whatsoever purchasing a home in the U.S. Foreign buyers are quite common, some without any visa status at all (pure investment purchases), and others with something as simple as a tourist visa so they can see what they are buying before hand.
A gentleman was in the U.S. from China just 2 months ago and bought 3 investment properties for cash on his tourist visa. No one asked any questions as long as he had cash, and he signed all his purchase documents remotely from Shanghai, having a few documents notarized at the Embassy.
As for the location of the home that this question is associated with, I would say it is not the best location you can find, and has some environmental challenges (the train for one) to deal with.
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Anybody can buy a house, new or resale. The problem is obtaining a mortgage, but if you are a cash buyer it doesn't matter what kind of visa you are holding. You cannot obtain a mortgage unless you are a resident or a citizen and it seems to me that you are not either. Not sure what kind of status the L1 visa gives you. Please email me or call me and let me know what kind of visa this is and then I can probably help you better.
Vivianne Dordea, Realtor
Sierra Homes Realty
Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012)