It is always best to come out and view the property and the area but I have worked with several investors that are not always able to do that. A few have come out for one day where we look at homes the entire day and then I write up the offers, it is all done through email.
Best of luck to you, always go with your gut, if it doesn't feel right then it probably isn't.
I have found several investment properties for Canadian buyers in recent years. I have worked with some great people from Calgary to Regina, sk. I can help you find a place and even get you in contact with a property manager if you need assistance finding a tenant. Please don't hesitate to visit my website and start your home search. I can provide references and I would be happy to help you with your search in Arizona. The process of buying can be handled through email for the most part and I use digital signatures to help simplify the process of submitting offers.
Talk to you soon.
I'm the broker/owner for Real Estate Homes, LLC. Two of my experienced agents are from Canada and most of their clients are Canadian investors. They would be more than happy to educate in any home investment questions you might have. If you register on our site, be sure to mention you are a Canadian investor.
Jeffrey Austin, ABR, CRS, GRI
Real Estate Homes, LLC