Mineral Rights in Real Estate: What They Are and How They Work

Love the idea of making money off land you didn’t have to do anything to? Then investing in mineral rights may be a great fit for your next real estate venture. Investing in mineral rights has the potential to provide big returns. but its complex nature creates barriers to entry. The jargon, regulations, classifications, and negotiations are completely different from a standard real estate transaction.

This article will give you fundamental knowledge pertaining to how an investor can make money in mineral rights while leaving the intricacies to the experts you’ll invariably hire to assist you in this process.

What are mineral rights?

Mineral rights are legal rights or ownership to the minerals below the surface of real estate, which can include coal, oil, natural gas, metals, and more (air rights and water rights are not generally included in mineral rights). Depending on where you are in the world, the

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HUD investigating city after civil rights complaint filed by environmental groups

Federal officials are investigating the city after Southeast Side residents complained their civil rights were violated by a long pattern of environmental racism.

A Department of Housing and Urban Development official confirmed in an email last week to local community groups that the department “opened a complaint” to look into allegations that residents’ rights were violated under federal fair housing laws. A HUD spokeswoman acknowledged the email but declined to comment.

The groups cited zoning and land-use policies, highlighting the city’s current role in relocating General Iron’s metal-shredding operation from the mostly white, affluent Lincoln Park to the Latino-majority East Side neighborhood. The facility still needs one additional permit from the city to operate on the Southeast Side.

“Racist policies are killing our neighborhood by making it a dumping ground for the dirtiest and most dangerous polluters,” said Peggy Salazar, director of the Southeast Environmental Task Force, one of three

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Intellectual Property Rights

IPRs define the rights and privileges attached to ownership of intellectual property. Such rights allow owners to exercise a temporary monopoly over the use of their creations; They have exclusive rights, for a limited time, to decide who may use a product or work and under what conditions. Such rights define ownership and specify the degree to which inventors and creators may profit from their work, the access others may have to the works themselves or to information about them, and how others may use or improve upon existing works.

IPRs involve issues of wealth distribution, incentives for innovation and creativity, access to information, and basic human rights. Ethical issues attach to questions of what should be publicly or privately owned, how ownership is established, how much and how long the owner can control the property, and whether public policy should create exceptions to intellectual property rules to serve social … Read More