Our office over the last several years has been receiving frequent inquiries from Cherokee Village property owners regarding calls from companies wanting to purchase, sell, or list the owners' vacant lots or vacation homes. We live in a beautiful and very desirable area of the country, where we enjoy low home prices, low taxes, and a basically rural setting within a 2-3 hours drive of 3 major cities. Our area is full of antique and craft shops, auctions, festivals of all kinds, lots of homespun music, excellent river & lake fishing and water sports, and more. Plus, we have many wonderful people who have moved here from all over the country, some even from overseas, in search of a slower paced and more affordable lifestyle. Unfortunately, jobs here are not plentiful, but there is work to be had if someone wants to work, though possibly not at a payscale those moving from cities and some other areas might be accustomed to. As for your influx of calls regarding selling your lot, there are legitimate companies who are willing to purchase vacant lots for the purpose of reselling them, but there also are those who might not be as reliable. The value of a lot is determined by who wants the lot and what the lot is worth to that person. You may have your lot appraised by a licensed appraiser if knowing the current value is important to you, but you may check your tax statement to see how much the county courthouse actually appraised the lot for based on sales 2 years ago, usually in the $2,000 to $3,000 range for a general wooded lot. The very important key to these calls, even when the caller says he has a buyer standing by and for whatever other reason says you must "act fast" is that if the caller company asks for money on the front end, whether it be for sales commission, paperwork processing, advertising, surveying, clearing, or for any other reason, contact an attorney for legal advice or a licensed real estate company or title company for guidance before acting. Also be leary of signing forms that may in the small print turn out to be listing agreements rather than sales agreements. In my opinion no selling company should expect to be paid for their services until closing on the property, when both you and they will be paid at the same time. Many of these companies placing the calls are not licensed real estate professionals and the companies are based in other states, allowing them to work outside the jurisdiction of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, who does its very best to protect Arkansas property owners' interests. There's a very strong possibility that you may never hear from a company again after they receive payment from you for services prior to the transaction closing, so be very careful and very conservative with how you handle any transaction of this nature. In most instances, the caller may refuse even to give you a telephone number, which also should raise a red flag. Remember that most things that seem too good to be true usually are just that.