Ok so you have got this mad idea that you want to buy a property in Goa and the mad idea is incurable stuck there persistently persuading you that it’s not actually all that mad. Yes India is a different continent, culture and legal system, but the idea is a mad one after all. So you might as well do something more sensible and narrow down the options (to save time later).
The first major decision you have to make is North or South.
Now Goa is not a huge place - but the difference between N & S is almost like two countries.
Like most people we went North first and really liked it. Lots of resturants, nightlife and good beaches. Lots of British people already living there with a good social life. The ex-pats we met seemed to be mostly Northern English. The centre of activity is Calangute, with Baga beach to the south younger and party central. A little to the north is Candolim which struck us as an slightly older persons resort.
There are lots of building developments of varying quality some very good indeed. Avoid the agents if you can - it is possible to go direct to the builders without them. Any taxi driver will give you a tour of sites under development (they will be looking for commission from the builders - but don’t worry about that, it’s nothing compared to what the agents will be demanding).
Then we went to South Goa (because all the hotels seemed to be full in the north) and discovered a different Goa. The south is less congested with the main developments being tasteful 5 star hotels. But between the big resort hotels you can find smaller hotels and plenty of restaurants. And the beaches are to die for!
North for party animals and yobs.
South for peace and discerning folk (like us for example).