Ive got a male friend who calls me "hon", "dear". I like him a lot and told him about my feelings but I got rejected even though he tells me I'm the best girl he's ever met and that I'm really pretty. Would you consider being called "hon" "dear" as a sign that he is actually attracted to me?
I think it depends on the person. I'm from California & the term "dear" would be more casual or a kind jesture. But, I've met someone from Alabama & he's definitely crazy about me and calls me "dear" or "babe" & even "little woman" which seems very different for me, but for him it means he likes me for more than just a friend.
The answer to your question is that actions speak louder than words. Read more into what he does than what he says...