Ad Falsely Claims AOC Owns One of World’s Most Expensive Houses | Snopes.com


Since at least May 2021, an online advertisement claimed that claimed New York U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) owned one of the world’s most expensive houses. The ad was paid for by an unknown party, hosted on the Outbrain advertising network, and likely displayed across a large number of websites.

Such real estate news would be surprising considering the fact that the Democratic U.S. Congresswoman first entered public office in 2019. Prior to her campaign, she was a waitress and bartender.

The exact text of the ad claimed: “[Pics] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Owns One Of The World’s Most Expensive Houses.”

Not even close.

The ad led to a 158-page article on the LifeExact website. AOC’s purported house finally appeared on page 156.

However, the article only said that she previously owned a $355,000 home in Westchester County, New York.

AOC whose full name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does not own one of the world's most expensive houses.
Not exactly one of the world’s most expensive houses.

According to ABC 10, “Westchester County land records showed that Ocasio-Cortez was living there with her mother and brother in 2016.” The home sold that year for $355,000.

We were unable to verify if the home pictured in the lengthy article was the same house. However, the fact remains that the ad falsely claimed that Ocasio-Cortez “owns one of the world’s most expensive houses.”

According to a 2019 article from The Independent, Ocasio-Cortez resided at an apartment building in the Navy Yard neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

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