Young Girl Flips Houses

WHAT IF YOU COULD BUILD MORE THAN JUST ONE POSITIVE WALL THOUGH – WHAT IF YOU COULD MAKE A HOUSE THAT IS USED FOR POSITIVE CHANGE?

ONE GIRL IN WISCONSIN IS DOING JUST THAT. SHE’S TAKEN TO FLIPPING OLD HOUSES, MAKING THEM NICE AND THEN RESELLING THEM. WITH THE MONEY SHE EARNS SHE’S SAVING UP FOR COLLEGE.

AMANDA TYLER HAS THAT STORY.

MADISON: I HAD A WHOLE VISION WITH THIS

AMANDA: A VISION TO FLIP A HOUSE HAS COME TO LIFE FOR ELEVEN YEAR OLD MADISON BUE.

THE FIFTH GRADER IS ONE OF SIX KIDS IN HER FAMILY AND SHE KNOWS WHILE COLLEGE IS STILL A FEW YEARS

AWAY...ITS NEVER TOO EARLY TO START SAVING.

THAT'S WHERE HER GRANDPA CLIFF COMES IN.

CLIFF LECLEIR-MADISON'S GRANDFATHER: SHE SAID, YOU KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF CHILDREN IN OUR HOUSEHOLD AND MY PARENTS AREN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR COLLEGE SO I HAVE TO FIND OUT A WAY TO DO THAT I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THESE SHOWS AND I THINK I COULD FLIP A HOUSE

AMANDA: CLIFF ADMITS-- HE KNEW FLIPPING A HOUSE WOULDN'T BE AN EASY TASK, BUT HE HAD FAITH IN MADISON'S PASSION AND WORK ETHIC.

THE PAIR SET OUT TO LOOK AT HOUSES--AND AFTER ELEVEN HOUSES.. MADISON AND CLIFF DECIDED ON THIS FOUR BEDROOM, TWO BATHROOM HOUSE.

THEY CLOSED ON THE HOUSE IN EARLY JULY-- AND THAT'S WHEN MADISON AND HER FAMILY GOT TO WORK.

ALONG WITH HER GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS AND CONTRACTORS-- MADISON HAS PUT IN HER FAIR SHARE OF WORK IN THIS HOUSE RENOVATION.

MADISON BUE: YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT BEFORE, THERE WAS CARPET AND WE HAD TO RIP THAT OUT AND WE HAD TO TAKE OUT THE TACK STRIP AND IT TOOK A REALLY LONG TIME. NOW WE ARE HERE AND IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD

AMANDA: AND THE ELEVEN YEAR OLD SAYS THIS LIKELY WON'T BE HER LAST HOUSE SHE WILL FLIP

MADISON BUE: I REALLY THINK ITS SOMETHING FUN TO DO AND I REALLY WANT TO DO IT AGAIN

AMANDA: WITH COLLEGE SAVINGS IN MIND.. MADISON IS FORGING AHEAD WITH HER FAMILY

FOR GRANDPA CLIFF, EVEN IF THEIR FIRST HOUSE DOESN'T BRING IN A BIG PROFIT.... THE EXPERIENCE HAS MADE IT WORTH WHILE.

CLIFF LECLEIR-MADISON'S GRANDFATHER: IF WE DON'T MAKE A PENNY ON THIS THE BONDING THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE BETWEEN MY GRANDDAUGHTER AND MYSELF AND THE FORTITUDE HAS BEEN PART OF THE SIDE BENEFITS.

RICK: THANKS AMANDA. WOW. THAT’S DREAMING BIG. AND WE WANT YOU TO DO THE SAME FOR THIS WEEK’S QUESTION. WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF ARCHITECTURE IN THIS EPISODE – FROM GINGERBREAD HOUSES TO THE LOUVRE. WE WANT YOU TO DESIGN A BUILDING OF YOUR OWN. WRITE TO US AND TELL US WHAT YOU’D DESIGN AND WHAT IT WOULD BE USED FOR – OH AND OF COURSE SEND YOUR DRAWINGS ALONG TOO!


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