Mineral Land Management Best Practices

Owning or portraying mineral rights, and what to do with them if received is a hot topic in Texas real estate. Many landowners do not understand the full extent of what mineral rights can do for them, and how to utilize them, and this blog category can help simplify the subject.

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Sorting Out Mineral Rights

Do you own the mineral rights to your land? Many landowners have no idea. Usually, you assume you do, unless mineral rights have specifically been excluded from the sale.

However, this can become tricky. Many deeds fail to include this information. Still others may convey mineral rights, but may be incorrect.

Any previous land owners, dating back to the original land grant, may have withheld the transfer of a property’s mineral rights.

The only way you can be absolutely positive is to research historical deeds and property records carefully and thoroughly. Mineral-rich states where land owners need to be particularly alert because of the abundance of oil, gas, coal, gold, silver and other precious minerals

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Factors an appraiser uses to determine land value

Below are some of the most important factors a property appraiser considers when determining the value of a property. They can be applied to any land, whether a sprawling private island or a humble 1-acre lot. For land buyers, these factors can help you know whether a property is fairly priced, and to recognize the pros and cons of the land you are considering.

1. ACCESS

Land real estate experts will tell you access is a key factor in evaluating the marketability of a property, because - no matter how great the property is - its use is limited when it’s difficult to reach. When Ryan appraises a property, he asks a series of questions about access:

  • Can the property be accessed by a nearby
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Landowner liability is a real, but manageable threat for Texas landowners.

The Threat

The threat of liability exists anytime landowners open their property to anyone, including family and friends. 

Even though no one thinks it will happen to them, family members sue other family members and friends sue friends. The best strategy is to assume that everyone is a potential plaintiff and prepare accordingly.

Because land is a valuable asset generally protected by insurance, landowners can be a tempting target for plaintiffs’ attorneys.

There’s no way to predict what might happen if someone, regardless of relationship, is seriously injured or killed on landowners’ property. Landowners can find themselves facing huge potential damages if

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Small acreage landowners can still have a big impact for Texas wildlife. “As large ranches get smaller throughout Texas, the only way we can get anything done for wildlife on a landscape scale is to engage small acreage landowners alongside those with larger holdings,” said Tim Siegmund, Texas Parks and Wildlife Private Lands Program Leader who is based in College Station.

According to the American Farmland Trust, Texas is losing productive, open space land faster than any other state in the nation. Fragmentation, the breaking up of larger parcels into smaller ones, is occurring across the state, but is most evident along the I-35, I-45 and I-10 corridors.

“Based on our own surveys and work done by the TAMU Natural Resources Institute, the driving

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Nothing is more peaceful than sleeping in the country. The day normally ends with a vivid sunset displaying a fusion of bright colors. Color combinations vary depending upon the geographical area and solid particle concentration in the air. Observed sunsets in East Texas have had alternating bands of grey and gold ending with a final strip of pink as darkness settles over the landscape. In West Texas, red sunsets commonly occur with an occasional yellow band, collectively resembling fire, followed by alternating strips of blues and greys and then darkness.

When darkness engulfs the countryside, an auditory gift arrives. Nocturnal insects, birds, amphibians and mammals come to life and unite in a chorus of individual notes while they forage for their

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After years of dreaming, saving and endless searching you’ve found your near-perfect rural property.

It has just the right amount of acreage, a gorgeous home site, unbeatable views and is the ideal distance to and from civilization.

Yes, your dream property is perfect…except for one small thing.

It’s missing a water feature.

Specifically, it’s missing a pond.

A pond offers numerous benefits for landowners, from providing water for livestock, to entertainment for the kids and promoting eco-diversity within the landscape.

But, despite its aesthetic and functional joys there are a lot of factors to consider before installing any size pond.

  • Is your land and soil actually suited for a pond?

  • How much will it cost to

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With its beautiful ranch properties, rolling hills and hardy pine forests, Texas is an ideal place to buy land.

But finding the perfect property is just the beginning of the land buying process. In order to know how to buy land in Texas, there are a number of state-specific trends and regulations to understand.

Here are the answers to some common questions Texas land buyers ask:

What does rural land in Texas typically cost?

It's wise to keep in mind that land values can vary vastly depending on features of the specific property you're considering, such as location, access, special amenities and natural features. However, the Real Estate Center of Texas A&M University has a website dedicated to data on purchasing rural land in Texas,

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Mineral leasing is the act or process of granting the rights to extract minerals (including gas and oil) from the owner of those rights, to a third party, usually a company.

Mineral leasing can be a daunting and complicated process but has its opportunities, specifically the significant profits for mineral rights holders for minimal risk and effort.

Read on to learn about some of the issues involved in mineral leasing Texas land or ranch properties. Our mineral leasing tips for beginners are below...

Step 1: Look at All Your Options

If a company approaches you with an offer for leasing minerals off your land, be sure and consider the fact that if one company is interested, there is a high chance that they aren’t the only ones.

Look for

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