Horror; that pretty much identifies what you would be facing once you decide to buy a house in Lebanon. Aside from the fact the cost of apartments does not conform to the average cost of living in Lebanon, you bust your ass trying to find a nice apartment or house and then you get stumped as to how much the landlord/owner is actually requesting. My only regret is that I did not buy an apartment two years ago when the prices were relatively low (~540$ for 1m2) compared to what they are right now (1000$ for 1m2). It’s quite common for people to actually hire someone to do the work for them (semsar), however those people are such thieves! They are so fluent at locating great prices but they shield the current owner of the apartment from you and request a higher amount than what the owner is actually requesting. What’s even worse is that the law states that you ought to pay that guy 2% of the entire cost. So hey! The guy finds a great deal, 150m for 100K$, he adds 20K$ to the price for himself and then expects you to pay the 2% of 120K$.
Now this is all good but in all honesty those numbers are so low. I found a nice apartment and I hope it’s going to work out!