Throughout my career, compared with being a department head in the management team, it is more satisfying to be an independent property blogger – I have absolute freedom to write what I like, say what I believe is right, and tell the truth from my heart.

In return, I receive messages from readers who also bare their heart to share their property stories.

Once in a while, there are sad stories from homebuyers or investors who regretted buying the wrong thing at the wrong price.

Some of them said they didn’t plan to buy in the first place. It was because the property agent told them this, assured them that, urged them again, and cornered them some more that they felt “paiseh” to say no and finally committed to the purchase.

Paiseh in Singlish implies shyness, shamefulness and guilty. They bought not because they wanted to. They bought because the …