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Building homes, building dreams

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Two East Texas families will be getting the keys to their brand new homes, thanks to Smith County Habitat for Humanity.

Both families will be closing on the homes around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"It's amazing seeing this house go up from nothing to a four bedroom, two bath home," says new homeowner, Maria Ramirez-Lopez.

Ramirez-Lopez and her three boys Alex, Alvaro and Alonso will be the proud owners of this new home.

"It's exciting because I've never had anything like this before you know? This is a big step for me and I can't believe that I'm actually going to be a homeowner by noon on Wednesday," says Ramirez-Lopez.

"It just makes me want to cry. I'm so excited for her because I got to see it from the very beginning. I helped pick her and her family to be a Habitat homeowner and now to finally be at the end, and see them get into safe housing is just amazing," says volunteer Margot Ballew.

Ramirez-Lopez says it's the little things that will change their lives for the better.

"We've never had central heating air and I know to a lot of people that's really nothing important, but it's going to be nice for us to get out from under the covers and not have to run to the bathroom because it's freezing. It's the little things," says Ramirez-Lopez.

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