I am buying a house in which the mineral rights are non negotiable. Should I walk away from this and look for a house that includes the mineral rights? How often does this happen? How will buying a house without mineral rights affect my property or resale value?
I can tell you from my experience and my properties here in Fort Worth. My neighborhood on one rental property, using Lawyer, we got 27.25 of the hole, and $6000.00 bonus up front. Now that was in 2008. They haven't drilled yet and it's close to the end of that lease
My lease under my home, was 6000.00 per acre bonus lease, up front with 25% out of the whole and no transportation charges, which means I get the price at the head where they sell it and don't have to pay any transportation charges to get the gas to market. They have drilled the first of several wells in my neighborhood.
My neighbor got his first check, $60 for three months of production off 1/3 of acre. We have same size lots.
So now if your purchasing a home for rental or yourself, you use that Lease to get something you want. When I sold a home this summer, I used the lease underneath it as a $10,000 chip. Was it worth $10,000 no, but to people buying homes, with all the talk going of how rich we're getting they want the minerals. We're they willing to pay $10,000 for my minerals. Yes they were. What is the return on $10,000 repaid at $20 a month, not a good choice now, but if and when natural gas goes to 12.00, those of use that use Natural Gas in heating and cooling our homes, will be real unhappy about it.
Now a little history, my granddad started town in West Texas in 1923, bought and sold land and kept minerals along his way. Some of his wells have been pumping for 80 years, so when you hear that Natural gas wells are only good for so long, after that long they come back and clean out and reenergize the wells from injection to other methods.
So My best advice if you have regular home on 1/3 of acre or less is to use the oil Royalties to get more out of the couple that think their Oil Royalties are something special to them to keep. Make then Pay dearly to keep them.
Best to you, and if you decide to keep the royalties, then get a attorney to help you figure out the right way to make a lease that protects you over the oil company.
God bless and continued Success,
If you like the house then buy it. The odds of you finding someone who WILL sell their mineral rights would be like finding a needle in a haystack. Especially these days since the general public is so savy to what is going on with gas drilling. This should not effect the resale value of a home either.
Real Eastate Broker 13 years
Land and Mineral rights owner-5 years