Wow. The slow housing market has given Joe Rauh, a real estate agent in East County’s Ranchita, some time to work on a hobby.

He’s spent hundreds of hours in his garage building monsters out of fiberglass and resin, according to this wacky, great story in today’s U-T. The idea is to sell the sculptures to roadside businesses looking for an eye-catching business booster.

From the story:

One is a brown sasquatch and one a white yeti. Each is 11 feet tall, weighs about 300 pounds and can be modified at the buyer’s request to talk and have glowing eyes. …

[Rauh] took over one of the few businesses in town — Ranchita Realty — and is the guy to go to if you’re looking for some rugged semidesert land.

But last year Rauh found himself with some free time. Partly because a large power line might be built near the town, and partly because of the downturn in the real estate market, properties weren’t selling well and Rauh starting looking for something to kill the downtime.

Seems we’ll be hearing about more of these ventures as the housing market leaves workers from its related industries with some time to kill.

KELLY BENNETT

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