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TLC’s ‘My First Home’ features couple, agent from San Luis Obispo

Jimmy and Orchid Ochoa and their real estate agent Lindsey Harn participate in the filming of an episode of the TLC reality show “My First Home.”
Jimmy and Orchid Ochoa and their real estate agent Lindsey Harn participate in the filming of an episode of the TLC reality show “My First Home.”

A local real estate agent and a pair of novice home buyers will make their reality television debuts this weekend on the TLC show “My First Home.”

Lindsay Harn, part of the Hal Sweasey sales team at Re/Max Del Oro in San Luis Obispo, helps Cal Poly graduates Jimmy and Orchid Ochoa find a house in San Luis Obispo County in the episode, which airs at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Although Harn and the Ochoas can’t reveal the exact outcome of Saturday’s episode, they said it has a happy ending.

Now in its fifth season, “My First Home” features real estate agents guiding first-timers through the often arduous process of buying a home.

Harn said Burbank production company Authentic Entertainment reached out directly to her and a handful of other agents in California to appear on the show. Luckily, she had the ideal clients in mind — the Ochoas.

We were told to move in 30 days. It was a lot of pressure.

Jimmy Ochoa, homebuyer

“She said that we were the most photogenic, most fun people she had worked with,” Jimmy Ochoa said with a laugh.

Jimmy and Orchid Ochoa, who both work at Caltrans, found themselves in need of a house when they returned from vacation to discover their rental home in downtown San Luis Obispo was being sold.

“We were told to move in 30 days,” Jimmy Ochoa said. “It was a lot of pressure.”

Their search for a new place to live was documented by the “My First Home” film crew, which spent five days in December shooting at locations in Atascadero and San Luis Obispo.

Harn lined up 12 properties for the Ochoas to check out.

“We were looking specifically for more space” for the couple’s daughter, who’s now 3 years old, Jimmy Ochoa said, as well as a property that fell into their $300,000 to $500,000 price range. “That was the biggest challenge for us — trying to find something that was affordable in our market.”

Adding to the stress was the fact that the family was being followed around by a film crew.

At first, “We were thinking, ‘Why in the heck are we doing this? What did we get ourselves into?’” Ochoa said, although they quickly became accustomed to having cameras focused on their faces and microphones clipped to their clothing. “We (and the crew) became almost like family.”

Still, he said it’s unlikely that he and his wife would appear on another reality show. Harn, for her part, said she’d consider it.

‘My First Home’

Watch “My First Home” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on TLC.

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