Do you wonder about people who use the phrases “To tell the truth, …” or “Honestly, …”?
I wonder why they need to specify that this time, they are telling the truth or being honest. Is that unusual for them? Are they saying “Listen up! I’m going to tell the truth this time and you don’t want to miss it” It makes me wonder if the last 20 minutes of conversation we just had was not so honest.
Maybe most people are only emphasizing that although it may sound untrue, they should be believed but, honestly?
I have heard these phrases many times in my career and a vast majority have been used to correct an error or assumption I had made. For example,
- To tell the truth, those are our collections after all but we don’t want to pay them.
- Honestly, there may have been a few times we missed the payment on that after all.
- To tell the truth, the home we are trying to refinance actually belongs to my girlfriends step-mom.
- Honestly, they said I was getting a raise but I just don’t have it yet.
- To tell the truth, Ray, we won’t keep paying for the other house after we get the new one.
- To tell the truth, my brother is really buying the home but he doesn’t have a job right now.
It’s pretty hard to fool lenders these days so just be honest and let us help you. You may legitimately qualify for more then you think!!