If you’ve ever bought a new home, chances are you’ve been there- that awkward moment when somebody asks, “How much did you get this place for?” If you just recently purchased a new home, here are some tips from Time Inc’s Money magazine that could help get you out of answering that question directly.
Deflect the question with a joke. The writer of the Money article, Antonia Messa, suggests that recent home buyers could say something like, “How much did we pay? More than I would have liked!” You can use the joke as a “jumping-off point” for a bigger discussion about the current real estate market, bringing the attention away from your specific home and making the conversation more broad.
Present a unified front with your partner. Messa states that “some of the blame” can be shifted onto a spouse or significant other when an inquiring mind asks about the price of your home. Firmly say that you agreed with your partner not to discuss the home price, which hints that responding to the question is non-negotiable.
Be upfront. If you want to be more direct with nosier friends, neighbors, colleagues or relatives, simply respond to the question by telling the truth and stating that you just don’t feel comfortable discussing the cost of your new home. This is an authentic, honest answer that should get the message across to the inquirer.
Source: “Here’s What to Say When A Nosy Friend Asks How Much Your House Cost,” Money magazine (Oct. 14, 2014)