In His Own Words, Joe Biden Was ‘Seduced by Real Estate’

The Democratic presidential candidate spent decades buying ever-larger houses, frequently stretching his personal finances

WILMINGTON, Del.—The purchase of an abandoned 10,000 square-foot DuPont mansion in an affluent Wilmington suburb may have been a stretch for a 32-year-old widower and father of two commuting daily to Washington for his job as a U.S. senator.

Then again, Joe Biden readily acknowledges that his passion for real estate occasionally overtook his common sense.

The...