No, it's not some fancy new food or restaurant...
It means "Buyer Beware" and is a lesson I just well learned.
Here it is, simplified:
1. Don't believe anyone about anything - make sure everything is in writing before you sign anything.
2. Don't hire a conveyancer, especially one that lives locally to where you are buying. Go the added cost and hire a real estate lawyer, preferably one in a large city and one who has a professional code of conduct and accountability and who is legally and ethically invested in you as their client.
3. Never listen to a real estate agent.
4. Get a building inspection but make sure it's by a reputable, reliable and professional company who are morally, ethically, professionally and legally accountable. Make sure you get it before you sign anything.
5. When it comes to money, people will fuck you over for the slightest thing. Don't trust anyone. People will lie, cheat and deceive you in order to get your money.
6. If you are doing it on your own and you can afford it, I'd highly recommend a buyers advocate to take the emotion and the stress out of the whole process. That way, there'll always be someone on your side.
I've learned a lot through this experience. My trust levels have plummeted to a whole new low. I've learned again that people can be superficial and two faced. I've learned again that I'm too trusting and gullible.
But I'd rather be that way than have to live with being a heartless, dishonest, lying, cheating, arrogant, rude, deceptive, two faced, sleazy con artist. Although some people seem to have no difficulty with that at all, do they? The world is full of nasty fuckers.
I've spent the weekend filling up a big skip with rubbish. It felt good emotionally to get rid of all that shit but my fibro has decided to flare rather badly today as a result of over reaching myself physically. So I'm going to take some time off and have a walk and breathe the fresh air and maybe try and recover some of the happiness and joy I first felt when I saw this house and knew that I would be living here.
Some people are just arseholes. Once I come to terms with that and accept it, then I can get on with knowing that most people aren't.