An original offer to allow purchases of real estate at nearly 90 per cent below market value has sprung Smooth Rock Falls into the international spotlight.

The town began in late September offering land for purchase for as low as $500 in prime real estate areas, as well as enormous tax break incentives to new landowners.

Mayor Michel Arsenault says since then they have had such a response they have added even more land for sale at the same prices.

Arsenault says things have gone better than expected, and the international reaction was unexpected.

He says anyone challenging the success of the initiative needs to know that before the land went up for sale, the town was making absolutely nothing off of it.

Arsenault also says hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from Australia, England and even India have come in regarding the land, so they will continue to put more up for sale.