If you don't know the city and its neighborhoods very well, I would recommend a short term rental so that you can settle in a bit and explore to decide which area you like best. And as others have recommended, it's vital that you use an experienced real estate broker (no cost to you for buyer representation generally).... more
If you are a resident, you can apply for a loan in the bank. If you are here with out any documentation and are paying taxes through an ITIN # you can also apply for a loan only one bank does that. We are hoping more banks will step up to do it. You must pay at least 2 years of incometax. Call me if you need any additional help.
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