How to Sell Mineral Rights 

Our mineral rights brokers have developed a step-by-step guide to help you sell your mineral rights at the best possible price.

Are you considering selling mineral rights?

If you’ve been thinking of putting your mineral rights up for sale, or you’re interested in learning more about how much you could potentially get for your interests, then The Mineral Auction is ready to help you. We’re located in Austin, TX, and because we have connections to thousands of oil and gas royalties and mineral rights buyers, we know that we can get you the best deal if you are looking to sell your mineral rights, whether you’re located in Texas or anywhere else in the U.S.

Selling your mineral rights is a huge decision to make, and one that should not be undertaken lightly. People who are fortunate enough to hold oil rights, natural gas rights, and mineral rights have a number of options available to them if they’re looking to capitalize on these interests. Thankfully there are a lot of options available to people holding these rights. The two main routes involve selling or leasing the mineral rights of one’s property. For many, the choice boils down to selling these rights in order to secure an immediate financial payout or leasing these rights to developers, hoping to make money from ongoing development of the resources on their land. Unfortunately, far too many people are unrealistic with regards to the long-term prospects that leasing their mineral rights can have and are forced to wait as long as a decade to see any return on their interests. It is important to hire a professional broker to represent your rights and to get you the best deal possible.

Since 2008 we have been helping out fellow Texans get the best possible prices for their mineral rights. You need a broker you can trust when you decide to put your mineral rights up for sale. We believe that people should get the full value of the property they own. We hate to see good people swindled by shifty buyers who take advantage of people with little knowledge of the industry. Our experienced team of mineral rights brokers will review your property and tell you exactly what they think it’s worth on the market before bringing it before our vast buyer network.

 Mineral Rights 101 

Not sure where to start? Read our mineral rights 101 to get a better understanding of the entire process.

Why Sell Mineral Rights

Many people with oil rights, gas rights, and mineral rights may have second thoughts about putting these rights up for sale. After all, it is possible that individuals on an extremely successful or productive well could make more money in the long term by retaining these rights. Unfortunately, however, situations like this are hardly the majority. In far too many instances, individuals retain their mineral rights and never receive the economic payout that they’re hoping for.

By selling your mineral rights now, however, you are guaranteed a payout for your rights, and you’ll know and agree to the price in advance, removing the financial uncertainty that comes with retaining these rights. Even if your well turns out to not be productive, that financial burden will be passed on to the buyer, and you are still guaranteed the full amount for which you sold your mineral rights.

Why Sell Mineral Rights Now

In addition to the guaranteed payout that selling your mineral rights can provide, there is also considerable benefit in taking action sooner rather than later. One of the greatest reasons to consider selling your mineral rights now, rather than waiting to sell your rights or land for development, is to have cash in hand almost immediately. Whether you need money now, or you want to save up for a rainy day, selling your mineral rights will provide you with quick and reliable money, giving you financial protection in the event that unexpected financial needs arise.

Another great incentive to sell mineral rights now is that the timing has never been better. The United States is currently experiencing an energy and natural gas boom, meaning that buyers are willing to pay top dollar to capitalize on this ever-increasing market. However, as history has shown, energy booms do not last forever, and so striking while the proverbial iron is hot is a must for anyone who is looking to truly capitalize on the potential financial value of their oil, mineral, and gas rights.

The reality of America’s energy future is that more and more energy companies are going to increasingly spend their R&D budgets developing renewable energy sources. Oil and gas, while experiencing a boom, are non-renewable resources, and all signs point to an increasing scarcity of these resources. Not only does this contribute to the present energy boom in the U.S., but it also means that sitting on oil and gas rights is likely not a smart long-term play. As companies begin to successfully develop long-term, renewable energy solutions, the value of oil and gas deposits will drop significantly for landowners. As such, if you wait too long to sell your mineral rights, you could find yourself facing a market that is no longer interested in fossil fuels, and subsequently, a once-valuable asset that you can no longer sell for any notable sum.

Should I Sell or Lease my Mineral Rights?

While it may be tempting to view a lease as a long-term investment, it can actually be a gamble more often than not. It can take years for development to start on your land. And once development starts, decades can pass before you start seeing a profitable return on your investment. There is also the possibility that as the years pass, the market price for the oil, gas, and minerals being produced from your property will decrease, causing your investment to whittle down in value.

The best way to ensure that you are getting the most money for what your property is worth is by selling your mineral rights for an upfront price. There are significant tax benefits that can be reaped from selling mineral rights. Most sellers qualify for long-term capital gains taxes of gas, oil, and minerals, whereas those with leased rights have their ‘investment’ burdened with additional income taxes and tax penalties.

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Financial Incentive for Selling Your Mineral Rights

Many people are hesitant to sell mineral rights because they view it as a strategic long-term investment, hoping that by allowing production to take place on their land, they’ll make more money in the long run as opposed to selling these rights upfront for a known price. While, yes, there are some people for whom this strategy works, the truth is that far too many people hold out for this dream only to find out that their wells are not productive or that it takes far too long for development to start on their land for it to be economically beneficial.

If you sell mineral rights to an eager buyer, however, you can significantly reduce your financial risk in the long-run, all while still securing a significant financial payout. Additionally, individuals who sell their mineral rights stand to receive notable tax benefits. In many cases, selling gas, oil, and mineral rights can qualify as a long-term capital gains tax, whereas people who lease these rights to developers are conversely saddled with higher tax penalties, as money secured by leasing their land is treated as regular income. Nevertheless, there are ways to turn your mineral rights into a promising investment opportunity.

Do I Need a Mineral Rights Broker?

If you own a property and have even thought about selling or leasing the mineral rights, you need a mineral rights broker. The reason is that it is unfortunately very easy for potential buyers to undersell you. Buyers can find out how many people are looking to purchase or lease your rights, so without competition, you won’t be getting what your rights are worth.
The necessary process to accumulate buyers can be difficult as well without the help of someone densely connected to the industry. Buyers are nationwide and sometimes international, so breaking into the market requires skilled networking and is oftentimes too much for a single seller to handle, especially if they have no experience. The most important benefit to hiring a broker, however, is the amount of time and effort it’ll save you overall. We do all the research, the paperwork, and the preparation needed to get your rights the highest possible financial return for you.

Why Should I Choose The Mineral Auction to Handle my Mineral Rights?

At The Mineral Auction, we know that your livelihood and the future of your family could largely be connected to you getting a great price for your oil rights, gas rights, and/or mineral rights. As such, we care just as much about getting you a great price for these rights as you do. In order to make sure that the price offered to you is both competitive and generous, we don’t just look for one or two potential buyers when we go to sell your mineral rights. Instead, we tap into an established, vetted network we’ve culled of over 11,000 interested buyers who are ready to pay top dollar for your mineral rights.

Additionally, we don’t just approach these buyers individually – we put your rights up for auction so that all of these interested buyers will be in direct competition with each other for your mineral rights, driving up the price. Finding a reputable individual buyer who won’t try and take advantage of your position is extremely difficult, so why even bother with that risk and that hassle? Let our experienced team bring reputable, interested, and vetted buyers to you, alleviating the difficulty that can often accompany selling mineral rights and help you get an outstanding price on your interests.

When it comes time to finalize a sale or draft up a lease, there is often a sizeable stack of legal paperwork that needs to be filled out and appropriately filed. We can even offer the service of filling out the paperwork and all contracts for you free of charge, depending on the circumstances. Additionally, our fees of service are directly tied to the price for your property, which puts a competitive edge on us. Our paycheck is proportional to your financial payout, so we want to get you as much money as possible. Our primary locations of business include the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale in South and West Texas. We also do work in Oklahoma, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. We provide a free initial evaluation for potential clients.

Eight Steps to Sell Your Mineral Rights

There is a long and tiring process that directly follows the decision to sell your oil, gas, and mineral rights. Without an experienced professional, it can almost seem like a full-time job. As a seller, you want to know what takes to turn your mineral rights into a financial gain. Using our thorough experience, we have provided an outline of the steps it takes to sell one’s mineral rights:

  1. Assess the risks and benefits of selling your specific asset in the current market. Is it a good time to sell? If you wait, will your minerals decrease or increase in value?
  2. Learn about the legal requirements for selling. This step might also involve encountering or generating legal descriptions, leases, and check stubs.
  3. Begin the process of compiling data from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps and other relevant databases. You will use this data to frame your mineral rights as particularly desirable to prospective buyers.
  4. Begin the process of advertising to buyers. You will want to reach as many potential purchasers as you possibly can to make sure you find the best price.
  5. Assess offers as they come in. This step can be particularly difficult because many owners are not market specialists and are therefore unable to identify the best offers easily. Is the highest price you have been presented so far the highest you can get? How can you tell if a buyer is credible and trustworthy? Should you keep advertising or move on to the next step?
  6. Once you have settled on an offer, you can draft a Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA). The PSA legally specifies the terms of the sale.
  7. The buyer will present a deed before closing, another legal document that finalizes the sale.
  8. If all goes well, after both parties have agreed on the PSA and the deed, the buyer will pay you.

Although these steps make it seems like selling your mineral rights can be simple, the process rarely goes this smoothly. Often, there is a lot of back and forth between potential buyers and the seller’s representative so that the maximum possible price is reached. When you call on the help of our experienced mineral rights brokers, the process becomes our number one priority, and we work to get you the maximum profit available.

Sell Your Mineral Rights Today

If you are interested in pursuing selling your gas, oil, or mineral rights, you need a broker you can trust. You also need a vast buyer network and an experienced team with you knowing which offers best reflect the value of your property. The Mineral Auction is the premier name when it comes to a listing your mineral rights on the market. You could be sitting on your retirement or next family vacation. Call us at (512) 698-2802 to get a free initial evaluation of your property.

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