I've already posted this in the Introduce Yourself forum but I thought it might actually be better in this one so here goes:
I am due to be taking early retirement in the next 18-24 months and this will give me a nice little lump sum that I could use to buy a modest 2-bedroom property in Louisiana. My hope is to use this as a holiday home.
I would still keep my UK house as my main home so the UK would remain my main country of residence but I would have a couple of visits every year to the US - probably spending 2-3 months at a time there using the Visa Waiver Program.
This is pretty common over here and lots of people here have second homes in other countries in Europe - France and Spain being the most popular - but that is pretty easy because we are all part of the European Union. I'm not sure though how it works between the UK and the US.
I'd be really grateful if someone could help me with the following questions or point me in the right direction to where I might find the answers:
1. Are there any restrictions for a UK resident to buy a property in the US and visit it on a tourist visa?
2. Are there any restrictions to how often I could use the VWP and/or would I have to wait a certain period of time between visits?
3. If I ever wanted to make the move more permanent (which is doubtful as I don't think I could cope with the heat/humidity of a full Louisiana summer!), could I somehow use home ownership as a reason?
Thanks in advance for your help.