22nd December 2017

Follow these simple steps to buy your dream flat in Goa.

shamaine-coutinho-tremonte-blog-author By Shamaine C

For many people, buying a house will be the single most expensive purchase they might ever make in a lifetime. Some take months to find their dream house, others years. Whatever your style of decision-making, the important thing is to ensure that all your paperwork is in order and examined, preferably by a legal expert.

Horror stories in the daily newspapers may lead us to believe that the world is divided into unscrupulous builders and innocent investors. Truth is, unscrupulous people exist in every industry and it is up to an individual to watch his/her back especially with investments involving large sums of money.


Check all paper work before buying a flat in Goa

The government’s institution of RERA is a boon for both investors and builders and it should go a long way in reassuring investors of the safety of their investments. As an investor, it pays to stay informed about all the legal documentation and approvals essential to a new construction, before you proceed with a purchase.

Buying a flat in Goa is easy when you know how. Follow our simple steps.

All builders are required to secure permissions from various boards before proceeding with construction. Check if your builder has received an approval from these boards below. If they are struggling to get permission from any of these, consider it a red flag and do not proceed further.

  • Approvals from local authorities (municipality/panchayat)
  • Approval from Airport authorities (for project which is in the vicinity of an airport)
  • Approvals from electricity and pollution control boards
  • Approvals from Forest & Agriculture (if project is within a green zone)
  • NOC from Health department
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    If your builder has indeed received all the requisite permissions above, your next move is to check if the following are in place.

  • Check water and electricity connection plan
  • Check whether there are any industrial pollution issues in the immediate locality
  • Check condition of approach roads
  • Check for drainage, sewerage and garbage arrangements
  • All good? You seem to be doing very well, so far. If the residence is a second/third sale then the following set of documents needs to be checked.

  • Previous Ownership/Title documents
  • Latest Nil encumbrance certificate
  • Maintenance / Electricity bill / Tax paid receipts
  • NOC to transfer Electricity and House tax to new owners’ name
  • As a real-estate advisor I advise all my clients looking to buy a flat in Goa to see that they have answers to the above questions before they finalise their decision. The best time to have any doubts about a purchase is before the purchase and not later.

    If you have any queries pertaining to purchasing a flat in Goa, do not hesitate to get in touch at and I will try and answer these to the best of my abilities.

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