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Fact Checking The Internet: Is It True or Not?

by Mark Rieger, Mark Rieger Realty
 

How to fact check the Internet

“Facts” pop up on the Internet and often sound like they’re from a credible source. Here’s how to check them.

Fishy headlines. Search the exact headline on Bing or Google. If it’s fake, you’ll see links disputing it. Also check Snopes.com and reported.ly.
Visit the site. Go to the source site and check the About tab. See if they’re politically biased, satirical or a fake. Reputable sites have hyperlinks to backup research. Fake sites don’t provide research and may contain spelling and grammatical errors.
Search photos and videos. Right click on the suspicious item and save it to your desktop, then drag it to the image or video search box on Google or Bing. This will verify the subject and where it’s appeared.
Check the writer. Look on their Facebook and Twitter accounts for a blue checkmark verifying occupation and identity.
Double check breaking news. These stories often misidentify people and misreport what’s going on. Find a news outlet getting reports from its own people on the scene, not from other sources, indicated by phrases like “we have reports that...” and “we’re trying to confirm...”
Correct your own mistakes. If you post something you discover is untrue, delete it, apologize and provide the facts. 
Respectfully correct others. When friends or family share misinformation on social media, gently tell them where they can find the right story.
Question all political ads. Companies can have a competitor’s ad pulled and demand proof of the claims made. This doesn’t happen in political advertising, where anything can be claimed with no proof required.

Here’s to getting your facts straight, online and off. Enjoy a great month!

5 Worst Home Fixes

by Mark Rieger, Mark Rieger Realty
I've been asked by many people over the years my opinion regarding what remodeling projects are good or not so good to do prior to listing and selling their homes. These decisions can be very puzzling and in many cases very costly for home sellers. It's natural to think that remodeling projects will always increase the value of your home. However that is often times not the case.
 
Although there are differences within regions of the U.S., there are some standards you should know about regarding this matter.  Check out the article below and perhaps you'll be able to save some money.  

 

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