house poor

Definition

The condition of having very little cash because nearly all of one's net worth is tied up in one's house.

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I never much liked the idea of being house poor, seems like I have so much but not so my friend.

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We were house poor because so much money had been put into the house and we were all feeling very bad about it.

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While they enjoyed their 4000 square foot house, the couple found themselves house poor when the economy turned and the husband had to take a lower paying job.

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