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20
Mar
2012
16:40 mins
Episode: #355: The 14-Year-Old Who Bought A House 
NPR: Planet Money Podcast | 738 Episodes
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<p></p><p>Willow Tufano is a 14-year-old girl who recently bought a house in Florida for $12,000.</p><p>Willow and her mom split the cost of the house, which they're now renting out. Willow saved up money by selling stuff from foreclosed homes on Craigslist; she plans to buy out her mom's share in the next few years.</p><p>We did a&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/03/09/148218539/this-14-year-old-girl-just-bought-a-house-in-florida" target="_blank">radio story</a>&#160;about Willow earlier this month. The story took off. Since it aired, Willow has been on&#160;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTTczC27fko" target="_blank">Ellen</a>,&#160;<a href="http://earlystart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/20/a-homeowner-at-14-years-old-meet-willow-tufano/" target="_blank">CNN</a>&#160;and&#160;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/foreclosed-home-bought-teen-15931895" target="_blank">ABC News</a>.</p><p>On today's podcast, we hear the original radio story. And we hear more from the neighborhood where Willow lives. It's a place where people who bought at the top of the bubble &#8212; including Willow's family &#8212; live next to people who bought identical homes at a fraction of the price.</p><p>And we discuss whether a 14-year-old girl buying a house is a sign that that housing market has finally bottomed.</p><p></p>
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