Do you plan on just blindly moving to a place you've never seen in person and have no firsthand knowledge? At some point you'll have to get out and visit the areas you're interested in. There is no way around this unless you want a complete surprise. Scouting out property is expensive and inconvenient. I've bought a lot of plane tickets and burned a lot of vacation time on my search, but when I'm ready I'll fully know what I'm getting into.