I have worked with many clients who have chosen to relocate here, and each have chosen to do things a little differently depending much on comfort levels, time and reserve dollars.
One might choose to fly out for a buying trip, and do a similtaneious close. If your home is not yet sold, an early occupancy lease, with committmet to close on your sale can be worked out.
I have placed clients in month to month (suitable for executives even), until they were sure they had found the home of their dreams..
and I have had clients communicate to me their desires and purchased "sight unseen", but with the use of maps, video, pictures and much trust.
I would encourage you to form a relationship with a realtor you feel comfortable with,( talk to several) and explore your options with this realtor. They will guide you "in the way you want to go", representing your particular interests, goals and resources.
I would of course be delighted to be one of the realtors you interview, much the same as you might interview any professional, cpa, attorney, etc. Additionally I encourage you to view my website where there are copies of "what others say about me", as they appear on "linked-in".
Time to close after a home selection can be as little as 20 days, (provided lending is pre-approved and arranged....but 30 is more common.
Lots of options, Let me know how I can help
Gloria Gomez Matthews
Jensen White Real Estate