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Denmark native and South Carolina State University graduate Micah Collins will appear on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.”

The Columbia real estate broker will be seen helping clients through the home-buying process on the show. “House Hunters” follows the process of purchasing a home - the highs, the lows and negotiations.

Producers wanted Collins to conduct himself in his usual manner as if cameras weren’t there.

“They’re very adamant about how they want to portray the authenticity of the real estate community, so millions of people can understand what Columbia has to offer. They didn’t want anything coerced or rehearsed,” Collins said.

The episode featuring Collins will appear at 10 p.m. on Jan. 1.

Collins is a 1997 graduate of Denmark-Olar High School, where he played soccer, baseball, basketball, football and ran track. He graduated from S.C. State in 2002.

While attending S.C. State, he majored in physical education and sports communications, pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and played football under then-coach Willie Jeffries.

“I learned a lot about character, seeing it through and not being afraid to live your dream from Coach Jeffries and my teammates,” Collins said.

Collins is a broker at Keller Williams in Columbia.

On the show, Collins works with a couple looking to purchase a home in the Midlands area.

It’s basically the real estate process being showcased in 30 minutes, he explained.

Collins says he’s watched HGTV’s “House Hunters” several times, and wanted to go on the show because it would be great exposure.

“You should live your dreams. I’ve always thought to myself ‘I could do that.’ I’m very professional. I know real estate very well. I felt that the timing was right. It was perfect,” he said.

Collins says the producers were extremely professional.

“They have a keen eye for television,” he said.

He was amazed by the technology during the filming.

Collins recalls being fascinated by a “tone check,” which is when producers demand everyone in the room be completely silent to check the tone of a room.

“The tone check is conducted so viewers at home can get the same volume inside of a building as if they are there. If you go to a small place, viewers have got to hear the same sound, even the large spaces with an echo,” he explained.

Collins also had the opportunity to showcase some restaurants in Columbia area.

“I wanted to be sure some of the local restaurants got a chance to receive some exposure. They did shoot some scenes there as well,” he said.

Although he resides in Columbia, Collins cherishes his memories of playing games of kickball and baseball while growing up in Denmark.

“It was very much a sense of community in Denmark. Denmark was very embracing as far as the culture that went through there. It was very rich. Even though you were in a small town, you still got exposure to a lot of culture,” he said.

Not only did your parents have a right to tell you what was right and what was wrong – your neighbors did also, Collins added.

“You knew every family that was in your neighborhood,” he said.

He says his parents, William and Christine Collins, Dr. Cleveland Sellers of Voorhees College, former S.C. State Sports Communications Director Bill Hamilton and all of his high school and college coaches all motivated him and influenced his life.

Collins resides with his wife, Angela and their three children, Gabrielle, 7, Joshua, 5, and Makayla, 2.

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