Teen bags £12.5k house and makes it Airbnb – but trolls brand her money leech

A 19-year-old woman has managed to buy a house and rent it out – and all it cost her was $17,000 (£12,500).

Emily Askin has shared with her TikTok followers her journey of becoming an Airbnb host at a young age.

And with only a week of being listed on the holiday rental site, the teen had already raked in enough money to pay off four months of the mortgage and expenses.

But despite her success, many people have questioned how she managed to buy the property so young – and at a bargain price.

With that, the American teen has received some cruel comments from trolls claiming that she is a ‘leech’ for money.

But despite what some may think, Emily funded half of the venture by herself.

In a video posted to her TikTok, Emily shared how the $17,000 (£12,500) secured her the three bed house.

“I paid for half of the house, not because I couldn't buy all of it – I could have," she said.

“But, my mum and I wanted to go in on this first one together and experience and learn about this together.”

Emily shared that her modelling and social media influencing pays for her bills and lifestyle, which also let her to save up to put down a deposit for the property.

“Stop hating because you think it is not possible for yourself,” she told her doubters.

“The home did not cost $17,000 (in total), it cost $265,000(£195,595).

“We had to put 10% down, I paid half of that so I put 5% down and then we furnished it. That brings me to $17,000.”

Emily also detailed the breakdown of the cost of her Airbnb home located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

With the house costing $265,000 (£195,595) in total, a 10% deposit was needed to be put down.

Having split the cost with this with her mum and now business partner, Emily only had to put down $13,250 (£9,776).

She then spent $3,750 (£2,766) furnishing the home ready for it to be rented out by guests.

Emily urged her followers: “You don’t need parents to help – you can find anyone to co-host. I’m explaining my story and if it doesn't work for you that’s fine.

“They(my parents) didn’t give me 1$3,000 either. She (my mum) owns half of the house and takes half of the profit.

“It’s a business deal.”

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