West Hempstead resident Latoya Malone conceded she was a bit nervous about her visit to the White House Wednesday for President Barack Obama's tax-day speech.

Malone, 26, a New York City employee, was one of seven individuals or couples invited to attend the ceremonial event, where she served as an example of the benefits of new tax breaks for home buyers.

With the help of the $8,000 home buyer's credit, Malone expects to close on the purchase of her first house, in Uniondale, by the end of the month, she and a White House aide said.

Malone said she almost didn't go to the White House.

"I was hesitant at first," she said. But she said her real estate agent talked her into it.

Once there, she said, "I was a little bit nervous."

But Obama was "down to earth" and put her at ease, she said. "I felt very much comfortable talking to him."

Malone, who grew up in the Virgin Islands and moved to the United States to be close to her mother, said she voted in a U.S. election for the first time in November. She said she cast her vote for Obama.

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