The 14-Year-Old Who Bought A House

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/149013540/149022397" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Willow Tufano is a 14-year-old girl who recently bought a house in Florida for $12,000.

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.

We did a radio story about Willow earlier this month. The story took off. Since it aired, Willow has been on Ellen, CNN and ABC News.

On today's show, 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 — including Willow's family — live next to people who bought identical homes at a fraction of the price.

And we discuss whether a 14-year-old girl buying a house is a sign that that housing market has finally bottomed.

Subscribe to the podcast. Music: Lady Gaga's "The Fame." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify/ Tumblr.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from