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Confessions of a teen homeowner

Willow Tufano, age 15, owns  two houses.

Willow Tufano owns two houses, said Chana Joffe-Walt in NPR.org. What makes that remarkable is that she is only 15 years old. Earlier this year, she bought a $12,000 house, marked down from a boom-time peak of $100,000, with money she’d earned selling items on Craigslist. A few months later, she bought another house near her home in Port Charlotte, Fla., this one a two-bedroom for $17,500. When I first met Willow, this spring, I couldn’t help thinking that when a teenager can buy a house, “the market must have hit bottom.” Now, all I can think is how becoming a minor celebrity has changed her. After our story aired, everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to Anderson Cooper called. Willow is now convinced she is “star material,” and is developing her own reality TV show. “We are in the process of pitching a sizzle reel,” she said.

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