The Latin adage, caveat emptor, which translates ‘let the buyer beware’ is exemplified by a recent article from the Inman News Service. It chronicles the tale of second home buyers who were sadly surprised when arriving for their first winter stay at a remote mountain cottage, that the fireplace insert they had assumed stayed with the cabin, in fact, did not. Beyond reaffirming that buyers should take nothing for granted, unless it is stated in the sales contract, it also brings to mind the old saying about the word ‘assume’.