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SAN MARCOS (CBS 8) - If you drive the 78, you've probably seen the sign sitting just off the freeway -- "Church for Sale". Not just any church, but a mega-church.

"Of all the facilities available, this is one of the largest in the country," Eric Knowles said.

Eric ought to know. As a realtor, he's spent more time in churches than some preachers.

"That's all I do. I exclusively represent churches throughout the nation and have been doing so in San Diego for about 12 or 13 years now," he said.

Eric is director of the religious facilities group for CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

"There are 21 church sites in San Diego available for sale," he said.

This property sits on almost seven acres and comes with its own private school.

"This auditorium will seat about 700 people," Eric said. "This particular facility is incredible because of the size of the facility. This is really ideally suited for a church and a charter school combination.

"This is the only freeway location in Southern California for a mega-church site that has the type of access that this facility does," he said.

This property is priced to move at $7,950,000, a small price for a pathway to paradise.

"The health and welfare of any church, these are very important, yes sir," Eric said.

And when it comes to financing, just keep the faith.

"We do have financing available. I've got probably 10 or 12 banks that we work with that exclusively represent churches," Eric said.

And there's never been a better time to aspire a spire or acquire and choir.

"Churches this year, according to our latest report, have actually gone up in value from that of 2010," Eric said.

Along Highway 78, en empty church waits to be born again.

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