Enterprise woman pays off 30 year mortgage in 14 years; holds a “mortgage paper burn”

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Willie Flowers lost her home in 2007 to the tornado that tore through Enterprise. Soon after, she reached out to Habitat for Humanity to get a home.

“I went to meetings, and I got turned down the first time because my grandson got the first house and then I was the next one to get one,” homeowner Willie Flowers said. “I’ve been here since 2008 and I’m proud of it. I worked hard to get it. I worked at Old Junior for 25 years.”

Willie, her family and Habitat for Humanity gathered for a mortgage house burning—a celebratory ritual where a homeowner burns mortgage papers. It signifies no more payments.

Willie was expected to pay her mortgage for the next 30 years but she was able to pay it off in just 14.

“I prayed everyday ‘Lord, let me to get this house paid off because I have never had a house always been all my life’,” Flowers said. “This is something I can say can’t nobody put out of this right here.”

Willie wasn’t the only who was glad to see the papers burn. Her family was also there to show support and express their pride.

“It means a lot to the whole family,” Willie’s sister Mary Barnes said. “She deserves every bit of it, and we’re just glad it’s her now. It’s hers”

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