I am a British citizen and I bought a property in the states. Although I chose to go to orlando twice to view the plot and building work, the legal paper work etc. was all done remotely. A reputable realtor should be able to find you a good lawyer and sort out most of the paper work. This will then be sent to you to be signed and notarised. The whole process can be done without you being present, however you will need an american bank account and for that you will need to go in person to open the account (unless you already have one?). However, I would say that it is never sensible to 'buy blind' and strongly recommend that you try and visit the USA at least once. Anyway, good luck, hope if all goes smoothly. If things fall through, we would be open to selling our 4 bed, 3 bathroom villa (with outdoor pool and jacuzzi) for $350,000 if that's any help!