I think there's a slight difference in buying a house for most people. In all other consumer activities it is on you and you alone to perform any reasonable checks to be confident it is a reasonable sale. Caveat Emptor and all that.And then people bizarrely complain when things go wrong, pleading 'no-one told me'. That is representative of general consumer inertia - enthralled by what someone else decides is acceptable- which I find disconcerting as big business are well aware of it.
However, with purchasing a house you have to go through a solicitor and they perform the searches and checks for you. It's not an excuse as, like you, I had asked for specific confirmation on certain issues, but only issues and processes I was aware of.
The entire process isn't clouded in mystery as such, but it isn't as simple as sitting down and reading the small print. For starters, you aren't given the small print unless you specifically ask for it (even then it's only the specific document you ask for) and second you are obliged to pay someone to check all the small print for you anyway.
As such it's natural and reasonable to defer to the judgement and knowledge of an individual you are obliged to employ. If it isn't their duty or job to analyse the documents to that extent (i.e. they just collate and make sure they're there) then:
a) this should be made clear when engaging the solicitor.
b) the fees for simply collating and not analysing a set of documents should not be so high.
I would agree that in all other consumer activities, there is plenty of information and advice available to make reasoned judgements on purchases. But house buying is probably one area where there is a lack of sufficient information or access to information because it is all through a middle man.
There are more consumer rights and information sources for buying a television than there is on the one biggest monetary and personal purchase you will make in your life.
Whether it's this, the pyrite issue or any other problem, it just seems that there's infinite recourse for a lemon of a television, but when it's your home and when you've had several individuals involved in a process outside of your control and/or knowledge you're just left high and dry.