@allan I know someone who did it recently. It was a coast-to-coast cross-country move, and they really didn't want to go out before owning a place. Had a friend go look at it and send back some pics and opinions.
I'm heard too that on request a realtor can do this for you as well, and you can hire a objective dude with a pen and checklist to do a walkthrough.
Just realized I'm being that ass who replies with a "well I'll have you know". But I've spend too much time typing to press the X.
@thurloat I find this bonkers. My family has moved coast-to-coast and even out of the country several times, but never *bought* a house sight unseen. We always rented a place until we got settled.
A lot of what makes a house is where it is in relation to how you live and what you want to do. That's really hard to gauge until you live in the area.