1) Offer letter from ASU stating job and income
2) Passport for identification
3) Open a local bank account in US - be willing to provide proof of funds
4) A letter from your current landlord in New Zealand would also be good indicating rental history. Alternatively, a bank statement showing rental payments for last year.
If you would like to see listings of available homes - just contact me. I would be happy to help you. Your timing is great - the weather is fantastic!
You might want to get an Arizona identification card from the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles: http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/ although they may take your Student ID from ASU.
Also become familiar with the Arizona Landlord Tenant Act as it is your guideline to your rights as a tenant: http://www.azhousing.gov/azcms/uploads/publications/Landlord
Welcome to Arizona, Scottsdale, Tempe and ASU.
My team, Tri Freedom Real Estate Partners, has its office in Tempe and I live in Scottsdale. Every licensed agent can show you the same properties. Find someone or a team you feel comfortable working with.
Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and the surrounding areas are modern cities, so you can live many miles away and easily get to ASU, although it will take more time with the traffic. You can contact government resources to answer questions about any aspect of the communities around ASU. We will help you discover what you find suitable.
It is not unusual to meet with agents and have a discussion before looking at properties. Be sure to ask any questions - we are in the business of finding answers for people who want homes!
Remember, December is our cooler season in Phoenix! The nearest shoreline is a 4-hour drive to Mexico. The terrain may look brown and barren compared to your homeland, but there are many, many kinds of plants and animals that call the desert home.
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