OP you can not blame those making "jokes". Buying a house which is or can be a lifetime investment and putting it into someone else's name isn't the most intelligent thing someone does. Especially someone that does not know the "in's and out's" of living here. Living here and visiting here are 2 different worlds. Take your time and as others have said rent first. Many of us have lived here a long, long time and have seen many a scenarios. Some not so good. Italian mafia? You lost me there.