Longview realtor uses legend of hairy creature to create interest in Upshur County property

KLTV's Jamey Boyum went looking for the beast
Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 1:01 PM CDT
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UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - There are a lot of woods in East Texas, and in those woods lurk all kinds of critters, some bigger than others. But when a Longview realtor posted a few pictures of something with very large feet, well, we had to investigate.

If you’re looking for a home surrounded by forest, you probably won’t have to look long in East Texas.

Marian Freeman, realtor for Caldwell Banker and Lenhart Properties in Longview, is selling one of those, and she hadn’t seen much interest in it, until she recruited a friend.

“Ashley and I were hanging at her house at our six foot distance; safe distancing and decided we needed some fun in real estate, we needed something to get this house moving and we thought, maybe this would do it,” Freeman said.

That decision was to inject a little hairy mythos into the property.

“Has it helped?” I asked her.

“I think it has. I think it has. A lot of showings yesterday; we’ve got two after this today,” Freeman said.

Of course, as always is the case, there are no guarantees anyone going to the property will have a sighting of whatever trouble may be afoot, but these woods are:

“Like a home Bigfoot would live around, so I thought it would be appropriate,” Freeman said.

Of course this Bigfoot, like many legendary beings, has a secret identity: Ashley Jones. I guess it’s not a secret anymore. The costume is Marian’s, purchased online.

But why does she have one?

“I was the Easter Bunny in high school at the mall. When the Lobos went to the playoffs I wore a Grinch costume with a Santa jacket and was in costume the whole game,” Freeman said.

So Marian is kind of a collector, but wearing a costume outside, well:

“It’s hot,” Freeman said.

It is some big feet to fill but Ashley seems to tolerate it better. And the clients?

“They are just laughing, just getting some chuckle out of the times now. You know, making it fun again,” Freeman said.

Fun, and maybe a little too inviting for all types of potential customers.

“House for sale?” Bigfoot said after knocking on the front door.

I suppose it may hinge on Ms. Foot’s credit score.

Marian says the idea came from another realtor who included a dinosaur in their home advertising pictures. We have no word on Bigfoot’s financing being approved.

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