Don't Believe Everything You Read

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

No Fishing SignIn our regular world and also the real estate world, don't believe everything you read. It brings to mind the thought to be a better critical thinker in all things you read, hear, and even see. Is it fact or opinion, real or an illusion, clarity or trickery? Especially all you may read on the INTERNET. I do not know what it is with the "printed" word but we seem to think it must be truth if it is in solid print before our eyes.

Cozy home? Really? You show up and it is a dump.

Large lot? Yes maybe for this cramped town of houses on top of each other.

Country feel? Not a cow for 40 miles.

Think of our general life. Politics. High integrity? Yes, until they get in office and no one in their office will return your phone call. Been in the business 20 years. Yes, as a side job. With critical thinking in any aspect of life, real estate or otherwise, look at something with a 360 degree perspective, all around it and ask lots of questions. Warranty on that used car? What does that mean? 90 day "limited" warranty like it means maybe for 90 days the wheels won't fall off but if the engine blows, an exception in the fine print, you are on your own.

Also just for your own behavior, can you push the bounds or break the rules? No fishing doesn't really mean no fishing if you own the land up against the lake, if some would check the city law. The devil may be in the details. Exceptions to many rules if you are a sharp cookie. In taxes they call that loopholes.

So listen carefully to all you read, hear, and see, but then turn that brain on and investigate further. You will come out way ahead in the long run, turning yourself into a "well-informed" person.


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Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


That is so true!  I like the part about "country living".  In my niche, when I see that phrase, I have to look into it to see how true that really is.


Feb 29, 2016 09:28 PM #38
Bo Kociuba
McGraw Realtors - Mustang, OK
Realtor - Mustang, Yukon & OKC Metro 405-812-1572

Good post, Gary ... very true and sad. We are a society of headliners from where most people get their 'knowledge'. What else can you expect when 'we have to pass it in order to find out what's in it'. Not whole lot of integrity and common sense around. 

Feb 29, 2016 10:55 PM #40
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Thank you all for commenting with such rich and wise thoughts on critical thinking. It marvels me with bloggers, writers, professionals, observers that THIS GROUP is full of critical thinkers and understands its' importance to the world and to our own individual lives. Keep up that "thinking", it sure makes a difference!!

Feb 29, 2016 11:44 PM #41
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I listen & observe everybody/thing. What remains to be seen remains to be seen

Mar 01, 2016 12:20 AM #42
Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

Gary - I'm shocked! You mean that not everything I read is factual, truthful, investigated???? Oh my, whatever will I do. I think we've become inured to seeing slanted postings -I hesitate to call it journalism since I know that my professor is probably rolling over in his grave - that we have lost that critical thinking ability as we too have lost debate skills which require that we honestly investigate our opponent's points and then strategize thoughtfully to present our position in a polite way and to negotiate a solution.

Mar 01, 2016 12:46 AM #43
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

There was a post on this years ago.  It was funny.  Kind of a what they say and what it means post.
Cozy = Small, Close to Transportation = Trains tracks in backyard, Easy Comute = on Freeway on Ramp, and so forth. 

Mar 01, 2016 12:52 AM #44
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Well, Gary, you have burst a lot of bubbles of those who feel that if it's online it must be true.

Love the photo - it's a terrific illustration for your well-deserved feature


Mar 01, 2016 01:47 AM #45
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Critical thinking requires looking at facts. Just because something is written it may or may not be a fact. We have to do our own work and not rely on others, and why home buyers must do their own due diligence. 

Mar 01, 2016 02:20 AM #46
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This is especially true when hunting for information online.  Usually you can find one site that says: this is what happened and another that says the opposite. Think searching for medical information or how to buy a house or be sure to lowball a seller, etc.

Mar 01, 2016 04:28 AM #47
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

You hit the nail on the head in saying we need to be critical thinkers.  Sadly, this is becoming a skill many lack.

Mar 01, 2016 04:46 AM #48
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

According to an encyclopedia definition, Critical thinking, also called critical analysis, is clear, rational thinking involving critique. Its details vary amongst those who define it.

So, it really hasn't anything to do with the substance but rather the perception, although, IMO, the undisputed facts usually determines  the analysis if you're a commonsense individual.  The challenge is to first secure the facts and therein lies the problem, doesn't it?

Mar 01, 2016 07:52 AM #49
Michael Kaim
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - Mentor, OH
Real Estate team serving the Cleveland Area

Great information, thanks for sharing Gary Woltal 

Mar 01, 2016 09:38 AM #50
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Gary Woltal - integrity! Do we really find it?

I believe we are living in one of the most hypocrite world, isn't it?

Mar 01, 2016 03:15 PM #51
Theresa Akin

Another reason to start your due diligence. In the MLS I check property history and the tax rolls and if possible, drive by prior to sending any information on to a client. Doesn't really take that long. Amazing what you can find out in 5 minutes.

Mar 01, 2016 11:46 PM #52
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Gary, this is so true. I have talked to many people lately where they talk about something they have read on the Internet and think it is true. Due diligence is reqired in all or daily lives.

Mar 02, 2016 12:11 AM #53
Rosalind Nicholas
RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON

I enjoyed reading your post, I really liked the picture   ....... we have to remember to keep our brains, turned on!

Mar 02, 2016 06:41 AM #54
ba`B Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Good morning Gary, we often hear people say but I read it in print so I know its true. I'm sure I've even said that once or twice. Thanks for bringing us back to reality, make yourself a great day.

Mar 02, 2016 07:35 PM #55
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Oh Gosh Gary, I enjoyed reading this. We need to use our mind and brain and be critical thinkers and not be so fooled by what we hear and read.

Mar 02, 2016 11:52 PM #56
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Gary ... great post my friend, love the photo and featured to the group:


Mar 03, 2016 03:25 AM #57
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. I come from a different generation where the operative phrase was “Don’t believe everything you read in the newspaper”.


Same difference… 

Mar 05, 2016 11:04 AM #58
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