I'm curious to know how the logistical transition has gone in moving back to the USA for any of you...specifically in securing a mortgage/buying a house and moving (quickly) into that house.
We're considering a move back to the States (fairly far off...1.5 years at least) and in an ideal world, we'd buy a house and move straight in without having 6 months in a rental or some similar "holding pattern" type of transition period. But I'm wondering if I should just accept that this is NOT possible. It seems like it will be very challenging, but I'm wondering if anyone has done it; that is: shopped for a mortgage, secured it, done a few whirlwind house visits, purchased, agreed and received keys all before officially moving to the States.
Just to be clear, I'm not asking about immigration or jobs, so don't worry about that. (My spouse is UKC but may have an option of a job transfer, and I'm fairly confident in my knowledge of green card criteria) so I'm really only focusing on a house purchase from abroad. Neither of us owned property before in the USA, so I literally have no clue what to expect. We'll probably start to approach banks next year, but I'm just wondering, realistically, if I should even attempt to start that ball rolling before a move or if we're better off just doing that entirely from the States.