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Property that false post calls ‘Biden’s house’ was sold by him in 1996

October 18, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: Photo shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s house.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Biden no longer lives at the DuPont mansion in Wilmington, Delaware, that’s shown in the photo in question. Biden formerly owned the house but sold it in 1996.

THE FACTS: On Saturday, a false post circulated widely on social media, showing a photo of a mansion that Biden previously owned.

“The salary of a U.S. Senator is $174,000 per year. This is Joe Biden’s house.... seems legit,” posted President Trump’s son Eric Trump on social media. The false post had over 40,000 retweets on Twitter and over 16,000 shares on Facebook.

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According to an article by The News Journal in Delaware in 2008, Biden bought the DuPont mansion at 6 Montchan Drive in Greenville in the 1970s for $185,000, and renovated it. In 1996, Biden sold the home for $1.2 million.

A spokesperson with the Biden campaign confirmed these details with The Associated Press. And the AP reviewed the deed for the house, which confirms Biden and his wife Jill Biden sold it in February 1996.

When it comes to income, Biden’s Senate salary doesn’t tell the whole story. After leaving the White House, Biden earned millions between a lucrative book deal and publicity tours.

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536