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How about when someone asks how much you paid for your house? Is that rude?

How do you answer that? If you do not want to tell.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:48 PM on Sep. 22, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • I don't see it as a big deal. Especially if the person likes my house and is just wondering what it would take to get one like it! You can simply answer as oh, we got a good deal on it. And leave it at that if you choose to do so.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 3:50 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I don't think it's rude but i can understand that some people might consider that private.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:50 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I don't think it's meant as a rude question, but I will admit that the question bothers me a little. Mostly because people choose homes based on their income/budget so it's almost like asking how much money you make.
    aliceryannesmom

    Answer by aliceryannesmom at 3:55 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I don't really see an issue with it. It's public information anyway. Anyone can look it up.
    Syphon

    Answer by Syphon at 3:56 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I think it is a private matter. Some people tell how much everything costs adn are very open about finances. I dont know how you avoid the question though.
    ria7

    Answer by ria7 at 3:58 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • It's a matter of public record. www.zillow.com tells you how much a house was bought for, how the value has change over the past 10 years, square footage, etc. It's not private.
    onethentwins

    Answer by onethentwins at 4:01 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • It's considered to be a rude question, yes - not because the information is "private", but rather because money is largely a taboo subject.
    If you do not want to tell, then simply say "I don't discuss financial matters". If you'd rather, you could simply give a range - "in the mid $200,000's".
    justnancyb

    Answer by justnancyb at 5:02 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • That would be under the category NOYDB - "none of your damn business."
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 7:04 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • It's considered rude, but it never bothered me. You could say something like "all the homes in this development are in the 200K-300K range". All real esate transactions are public record if they really want to find out.
    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 7:09 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I always find money questions rude and usually answer with - Plenty!
    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 7:13 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

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