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Las Vegas woman struggling to buy home finally succeeds

Posted at 8:14 AM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 15:08:32-04

If you're trying to buy a home in Las Vegas you know how hard it is.

13 Action News has been following Michelle Taggart for months as she has tried to buy a home. She was so desperate to buy a house that she put her wedding on hold to maintain her credit score. She finally succeeded and will move into her new place Aug. 11.

Now there's even more good news for homeowners like Taggart that could help her save money for the wedding.

We've watched as Taggart put in at least a dozen bids and toured probably twice as many homes. It's hard not to fall in love with her optimism. That's probably what sealed the deal.

"We're going to be friends probably for the rest of our lives now," said Taggart.

She might not have a home if it weren't for the friendships she's made along the way -- the loan officers, the realtors, but most importantly the sellers.

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"I think she was meant to be in this house," said Alex Alvarez, the mortgage loan officer who worked with Taggart.

There's even more good news for homeowners like Taggart. According to Property Shark, if you can buy a home in Las Vegas you'll be able to put away way more money. Local renters are only able to save about $28 per month, while homeowners can bank $899 per month. This is based on the valley's median income after taxes and living expenses. Maybe that backyard wedding Taggart has been putting off will happen sooner than expected once things sink in.

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"I guess I'm shocked. I don't know and I still am just kind of coming around to that moment where like I'm sitting here like oh my gosh this is mine like I bought this," said Taggart.

She's moving just in the nick of time because Taggart and her family need to be out of their apartment by Aug. 15.