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Homes for Heroes helps family become first-time homeowners!

By July 31, 2013Ashley

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 6:44 pm |

Updated: 6:48 pm, Mon Jul 29, 2013.

Tamiko Lowery | Opelika-Auburn News

Daylan Evans knew exactly where he was going. He flew up the stairs and took a hard right and abruptly stopped in a crème colored empty room with neutral colored carpet and stood there beaming.

“This is my room,” said 9-year-old Evans.

His baby sister, Ava, 4 months, will have her own room, too.

Evans says he’s been thinking about decorating with chalkboard paint. An honor roll student at Auburn City Schools, he enjoys playing baseball and tackle football.

For Daylan’s parents, Lajoye and Demarrick Evans, a new home is something they’ve dreamed about for their children. Today, that dream comes true. The last of the paperwork will be signed at Crawford Melton’s Opelika office, and the Evans will drive away with the keys to their new Auburn home.

As the first local recipients of the Homes for Heroes program in conjunction with Prestige Properties, the family couldn’t be happier.

Realtor Ashley Smith-Durham of Prestige Properties said the Homes for Heroes program was created nationally after so many heroes lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

“This was a way for a group of Realtors to give back to heroes by helping them buy a home,” Smith-Durham said.

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This is a wonderful program and one I am certainly proud to be a part of…I encourage you to visit the website at and let our Homes for Heroes Team put you in your dream home. Happy reading! – Ashley