I have always been a very good judge of people. Until I got into Real Estate, that is. I don't know if it was because of intuition or not, but lately, my judgement seems to have waned.
In this business we meet all kinds of characters. What I have been finding is that many of them lie, outright, staring you in the eyes while they do it. When someone is telling you something, your brain immediately assesses whether or not it is the truth. You use all your experiences, gut feelings, etc. to come to the conclusion of true or false. You use what you know about the other person to decide where they are coming from. Sometimes you know in your gut that they are not being honest, but you are not in a position to call them on it.
In Real Estate, we have to assess people very quickly. What we don't get to see is the "other side". We also do not get to see the other side of people here on Active Rain or in any other blogging venue. (Well on occasion, we do), but for the most part, people write the way they want us to perceive them.
And they write what they want us to know. Or what they want us to buy!
So, how do you judge? What criteria do you use? In person, you have to rely on your gut, but when you are reading the written word, what do you rely on? I have seen people lie. I have read posts and many comments that were blatant untruths. I have seen many readers believe these things.
I have spoken with buyers and had them outright lie. Why? What purpose does it possibly serve? I am representing you, I need the truth, or I cannot do it properly.
I guess what I am really asking, is, how do "you" tell when someone is not telling you the truth?