Everyone must have a thousand stories. Buying and selling a house. In Britain is a lottery. You pay a fortune to have a property surveyed and if the list of repairs is too great the seller backs out. If you have a walk-through survey carried out you could be faced with a lifetime of nightmare repairs. You buy a house and sell yours and two weeks before moving the seller finds a better price and you are left wondering whether to move into rented accommodation to sell your house. We have bought three new houses in our travels. Number one had a toilet full of excreta, bricks and rubble in every room. Numder two had no water supply, the gas supply pipe was twenty feet short and I fitted a pipe only to watch the central heating boiler blow up. There was a hole in the bath and temperatures were sub zero. We eventually downsized to a second hand apartment ten years ago and I am still carrying out repairs. What's it like in America?