10 Tips Every Mineral Owner Should Know


FSBO vs Mineral Rights Broker:   We put this tip at #1 for a reason.  The #1 tip for mineral owners is to work with a qualified mineral rights broker when selling mineral rights.  The primary reason is that when you sell mineral rights on your own you won’t reach enough buyers.   Each buyer evaluates your mineral rights differently.  The offers will be all over the board.  To get maximum value when selling mineral rights you need a competitive bidding environment.  This is the only way to sell for the highest price.  In addition, there are a lot of ways to get taken advantage of.  Mineral buyers know that mineral owners do not know what they are doing.  A qualified mineral rights broker will help guide you through the process.  Do not sell mineral rights on your own.  You’ll sell below market value and you run an extremely high risk of being taken advantage of.


Understand Market Value:   A lot of mineral owners sell mineral rights without understanding market value.  When you sell mineral rights, your mineral rights are worth what a mineral buyer will pay today for your mineral rights.   A lot of mineral owners talk about what will happen in the future.  What matters is what your mineral rights are worth today.  A mineral buyer does not pay based upon wells that could be drilled in the future.   The market value of mineral rights is determined by putting your mineral rights in a competitive bidding situation and then accepting the highest market value available.


Rushing to Accept an Offer:  This is another way that mineral owners lose out on a huge amount of money.   When you get an unsolicited offer to sell mineral rights, and then quickly accept that offer, you sold below market value 99% of the time.  Why?  Imagine putting you have no intention of selling your home.  A stranger walks up to your home and makes you an offer.  What are the odds that offer is the best price available?  Virtually zero.  Yet mineral owners fall into this trap all the time.  They get an offer or two in the mail, then quickly accept a below market offer because they rushed into it.  Buyers will put pressure on you to sell quickly.  Don’t fall into this trap.  Getting competitive bids is extremely important if you want a good price.


Mineral Buyers:  A lot of mineral owners do not understand mineral rights buyers.  They feel that mineral buyers will treat them fairly and honestly.  While there are a lot of fair and honest mineral buyers, there are 10x more mineral buyers who will screw you over every chance they can get.  This industry is dirty.  Mineral buyers understand that mineral owners have no idea what they are doing.  They will take advantage of you and make a huge amount of money in the process while they smile and assure you they are giving you a great deal.  You need an advocate on your side who is looking out for your best interests.


Flippers:  Did you know that most “mineral buyers” are actually just flippers?  What is a mineral rights flipper?  A mineral rights flipper is someone who pretends to be a buyer.  They make you an offer to sell, get you to sign a contract, and then turn around and sell the contract you signed at a higher price.  For example, you may agree to sell for $2,000/acre.  They may turn around and sell that contract to someone else for $3,000/acre.  That means they just made a 50% commission for flipping your mineral rights.   It’s virtually impossible to determine if you are working with a legitimate end buyer or a mineral rights flipper.    The example below illustrates how mineral rights are commonly sold.

Mineral Rights Flipper


Brokers:   Our #1 tip was to use a mineral rights broker when selling mineral rights.  How do you know which mineral rights broker to pick?  Obviously we are biased, but you should sell mineral rights at US Mineral Exchange.   Don’t just take our word for it.  Look around and check out your other options.  While you are evaluating your options, looking for these common red flags:

  • The broker has no publicly available listings
  • The broker provides no information to help you understand the process, the industry, etc.
  • The broker provides services for multiple industries (coal, wind, solar, land, etc etc) and doesn’t focus exclusively on mineral rights
  • The broker claims they can give you an accurate appraisal value of mineral rights (they can’t)
  • The broker has only been in business for a short period of time


Determine whether you should sell: This seems obvious, but before you start the process of selling mineral rights you should consider whether you really want to sell.   There are a lot of reasons to sell mineral rights.   There are two big reasons to sell mineral rights.  The first is that you have no control over the asset.   When you own mineral rights you don’t get to decide when they drill.  All your eggs are in one basket.  If the operator drills one shallow well and leaves it held by production for a decade, you can’t force them to drill more and collect more royalty income.  The second reason to sell is due to taxes.  Collecting royalty income you are taxed at ordinary income tax rates.  When you sell, you pay capital gains tax rates based on your stepped up basis.  You might make more money by selling rather than collecting royalty income and paying more in taxes.


Avoid Common Mistakes:  Many mineral owners fall into the same traps.  We can help you avoid these common mineral owner mistakes when you sell mineral rights at US Mineral Exchange.  Our expert team will be with you each step of the way to help you avoid making the wrong decision.    We want to see mineral owners sell for the highest valuable possible.   A lot of mineral owners fall into common traps that can be avoided.


Documentation: If you want to sell mineral rights for maximum value documentation is key.  You need to be able to show mineral rights buyers proof of ownership.   Having your last 3 months of royalty check detail, lease agreement, order for payment, any recent division orders (last 3 months), and other documentation you have proving your ownership is extremely important.   Providing this information up front is what allows US Mineral Exchange to get you the highest value for your property.

Please see our required documents to list page for more information.


Closing Process:  At US Mineral Exchange we have a clearly defined process for selling mineral rights.  When you sell mineral rights on your own, the mineral buyer will have you send the mineral deed giving them ownership before you get the money.  This is obviously not a good situation for you.  At US Mineral Exchange, our process helps ensure you get paid at closing.

We provide these 10 tips every mineral owner should know to help you better understand your mineral rights.   At US Mineral Exchange we are solely focused on helping mineral owners get the maximum value for their property.  Learn more about US Mineral Exchange and see why we’re the #1 trusted company to sell mineral rights.

Contact US Mineral Exchange:

If you have questions about your mineral rights, we’re here to help!  We speak with mineral owners every day and we look forward to hearing from you.  Please don’t hesitate to fill out the form below with any questions and our friendly team will respond quickly.

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    The more information you can provide about your property the better!  We can give you a better idea about the value of selling mineral rights if you provide more information.  The most important thing we need is for you to answer the questions and provide your state and county.

    If you have the required documents to list, providing those is extremely helpful!

    Absolutely not!  When you inquire at US Mineral Exchange we will not be putting any pressure on you to sell.  We will help answer any questions you have whether you are interested in selling or not.

    We typically respond to inquiries in less than 12 hours and usually within hours of submitting the contact form. At US Mineral Exchange our goal is to be available to mineral owners as a resource so we pride ourselves on quickly replying and communicating with mineral owners.

    At US Mineral Exchange, we take privacy very seriously. We will NEVER sell your information or use it without your consent. When you send us documentation or tell us about your property, that information does not go outside our company without your consent. Even when you list a property for sale on our website, we strictly control who has access to the information about your listing so that only legitimate buyers will be able to see property details.

    Many mineral owners make the mistake of getting an offer and quickly selling.   They then accept an offer far below market value because they felt pressure to sell.   There is nearly always a better price available.

    Imagine you were selling a home.  Would you get the best price from a random person who walks up and makes you an offer?  No way!  Now imagine you list the home on the MLS where thousands of potential buyers know your house is for sale.   The key to getting the best price is competition.  Our guide to selling mineral rights explains everything.

    The reason that so many mineral owners decide to sell mineral rights at US Mineral Exchange is access to our large network of mineral rights buyers. Our goal is to help you get top dollar for selling mineral rights by getting your property in front of a huge audience of buyers. This allows buyers to compete against one another which ensures you get fair market value for selling mineral rights.

    There are absolutely no cost to list your property.  When you locate a buyer by listing your property with us, we are paid a commission directly by the buyers closing agent. This means you never have any out of pocket expenses ever.  We only get paid if we can get you a better price than the current offer you have in hand.


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    Marc Payne
    21:00 19 Feb 21
    I needed to sell my mineral rights to pay off a debt, and the people at US Mineral Exchange made that possible. Everyone I spoke with and emailed was very knowledgeable and professional, and they helped me every step of the way. They were also very patient with me, which I appreciate. The final sale price seemed fair, and was certainly more than I could have gotten if I had tried to do this myself.read more
    Robert Broome
    20:30 26 Nov 20
    We had a super experience working with Terra on the sale of our mineral rights. She was very patient with us and explained everything very clearly, which was helpful since we had no experience in this area, and she never talked down to us depite our ignorance. She was also professional in that she paid attention to every detail, down to indicating the paper size that was required for printing our documents! She kept us informed at every step of the process. She clearly knows her field well and made suggestions that allowed us to receive an excellent price for our rights. I would highly recommend using USME for any sale you are considering.read more
    Wayne Copes
    17:23 11 Nov 20
    My aging mother-in-law needed to sell some mineral rights in Oklahoma and Kansas. I was the family member "appointed" to find a buyer(s). I knew NOTHING about energy or mineral rights. However, I "stumbled" onto the US Mineral Exchange website and connected with their rep Terra Castagna. Terra patiently explained their process for getting rights evaluated and sold. The value of our rights did not meet the threshold for their usual sales, but Terra offered to make our rights known to potential buyers of smaller positions. In a very short time several buyers expressed interest and we quickly reached an agreement with one who was willing to buy both rights. We could not be happier with the service provided by US Mineral Exchange, and in particular, with Terra Costagna, and would unreservedly endorse their services.read more
    David Tusa
    17:38 23 Oct 20
    Overall excellent experience. Very professional and responsive staff. They are experts at the minerals business and the process reflected such. The transaction was completed in less than a week and we netted much higher proceeds than we expected. Highly recommended.read more
    Linda Baldwin
    15:04 17 Jul 20
    Selling oil and mineral rights is not a common practice, or at least not for us. We went from "how on earth will we do this and do it right" to a very successful sale in record time. I am so happy that we found US Mineral Exchange. From the first phone call they were professional, answered all of my questions, and walked me through every step of the process with calm professionalism, and brought a price exceeding our expectations. From a seller's perspective, it could not have gone better! I wholeheartedly recommend US Mineral Exchange and gladly serve as a reference.read more
    Beau Bostick
    19:07 15 Jul 20
    Great company just be careful who you sell to Iron Horse royalty out of Austin Texas and