- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Las Cruces is about to get a little more exposure on the small screen, as the national television network TLC launches a new season of “My First Home.”

The latest season of the show crosses the nation in search of real estate agents who are trying to put customers into, as the title indicates, their first home, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported (https://bit.ly/1V4FPin).

Earlier this year, the network producers reached out to a Las Cruces mother-daughter duo to film a first-time buyer finding a home. Ashley Babbey Magill, 29 and mom D.I. Babbey, 54, have been working together since Babbey persuaded Magill to enter the business she began when she returned to Las Cruces in 1988. Babbey, an Anthony-area native, wanted to return home after living for a time in Del Rio, Texas, and settle her family here.

Just over three years ago, Babbey persuaded her daughter to get a real estate license so they could work together. It was that mother-daughter partnership that drew the attention of the network executives. My First Home, which premiered in 2007 and launches its current season the second weekend in April, has not told Babbey and Magill exactly when their episode will run. But, they agreed, the dynamic they share was probably what lured the film crews to southern New Mexico.

“We love it,” Babbey said. “We are best friends inside of work and outside of work. We love our jobs, so it’s awesome.”

“Maybe we are a little more comfortable with each other and we say what’s on our minds,” Magill said. “That’s a little of a downside.”

“We are a little too open with each other,” her mother added. “But that’s all.”

Filming was “hard; really, really hard,” Magill said. “We’d start at 7 a.m. and finish at 7 p.m. But it was a really neat experience. We got to film at Sunset Grille and had the cameras all around. People thought we were famous. Our first-time homebuyer really loved it.”

The homebuyer, a single mother of three, had been in the market for a larger home for her growing family for a while.

“She came from a smaller mobile home and found a beautiful house,” Magill said.

Another upside was showing off the city - from New Mexico State University to Mesilla and the surrounding landscape to a national audience.

“They asked us to shoot them the nice parts of Las Cruces,” Magill said. “We are excited to see the show and what they put in there. You never see shows done in Las Cruces and to have one that is going to do that on a major network is good.”

The series will be carried on TLC channel 45 on Comcast. Check local listings for time.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com


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