We've helped hundreds of clients relocate to Austin from around the United States (and some from around the world!) While the buying process is generally the same, we understand the unique challenges you face when both relocating & purchasing. Everyone's search is unique, but we generally recommend the following:
If Possible, Plan at Least Two Trips
While we've successfully helped clients purchase a home on a single trip, we've found that an initial "scouting trip" helps you identify which neighborhood(s) you really want to focus on. A follow-up trip where the focus is to find your new home is much less stressful & more beneficial because you've already picked out where you want to live, so you just have to pick out your house.
Close Remotely on Your New Home Before You Move
Moving is stressful enough. Arriving in town w/ a full truck, closing, funding, collecting your keys, and then directing your movers in one day is even more stressful. We can set up a remote closing for you wherever you would like (a notary comes to you to close the day before funding.) We'll perform your final walk through for you & are happy to video chat or send a video walk through so that you're confident the property is in good shape.
Consider Making an Offer Site Unseen
If you've made a couple of trips to Austin & haven't found "the one" then we can preview homes & upload walk-through videos on properties you're interested in. If the property looks great, you can make an offer & put it under contract prior to flying to Austin to confirm it's "the one." Bear in mind that you will have a 7-10 day option period during which your earnest money is protected, so the risk is a $200-$500 option fee + a plane ticket. If you don't like the house, you can terminate the contract.
Have a Backup Plan
It reduces a lot of stress on your trip if you have a Plan B. If you don't find your home on your trip, this could mean another trip, or considering making an offer site unseen. A last resort is always a short term rental, which isn't ideal, but does allow you plenty of time to search & make your decision after the move. Regardless of what your backup plan is, simply having one will reduce your stress levels enormously.