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Evaluating an Easement: The Basics

Posted on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

When a landowner enters into an easement agreement and gives up some of the rights to his land, the documentation can be confusing and filled with difficult-to-understand legalese. To help cut through some of the confusion, we’ve come up with some basic tips for understanding and evaluating an easement.

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Tags: Land and Mineral Rights

A Visual Evolution of the American Landman

Posted on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry, Land and Mineral Rights

Putting Together the Essential Landman Toolkit

Posted on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Regardless of the profession, being surrounded by the right tools, resources, and knowledge is incredibly important. These connections allow for increased productivity and success. For landmen, this is especially true. With the right tools and resources in hand, it’s much easier to perform duties efficiently, effectively, and ultimately, successfully.

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Tags: Land and Mineral Rights

Landman Negotiation Tactics 101

Posted on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

While landmen don’t necessarily sign up for heated debates and negotiation when choosing their profession, it often comes with the turf. To be a successful landman, you must be able to effectively negotiate, debate, and persuade. Here are a few tactics to help you do just that:

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry, Land and Mineral Rights

What Determines Property Tax?

Posted on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

While most people despise property taxes, it can sometimes be helpful to do a little in-depth studying. This at least gives you an understanding of how property taxes are determined and why they are levied.

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Tags: Land and Mineral Rights

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Texas Land Records

Posted on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

While Texas land records may seem like an ordinary thing, they actually have a fairly extraordinary background. Their history is as rich and deep as any state in this country and provides an interesting look at how records are compiled, where they came from, and where we are headed.

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Tags: Land and Mineral Rights

Take a Look, It's in a Book: Recommended Reading for Landmen

Posted on Wed, Jun 04, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Staying informed about the latest industry news puts landmen on a fast course to career success. As the role of land professionals continues to evolve, reading industry literature is the best way to anticipate changes coming down the pike, make better on-the-job decisions and become positioned as an expert in the field. For landmen, there are three primary sources from which a wide variety of industry publications are available.

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry, Land and Mineral Rights

5 Must Have Apps for the Landman Community

Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

With advancements in technology increasing each year, landmen have access to innovative new tools that aid in getting the job done. From mapping programs to land service-specific apps, the following mobile apps prove useful for professional landmen on-the-go.

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The History of Public Land Records in Texas

Posted on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

The United States National Archives include over 10 million land records documenting the transfer of government land to private ownership. Because Texas was not included in the 30 public land states for which archives were preserved, the state’s unique land history is kept intact by the Texas General Land Office. As this historic tale of documentation will reveal, one man is considered responsible for the development of Texas’ first land office.

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What Does a Field Right-of-Way Agent Do?

Posted on Wed, Apr 09, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

A field right-of-way agent is a valuable asset for inspectors, oil and gas companies, construction crews and anyone else that needs to work on land property. The main purpose of a field right-of-way agent is to secure property rights on behalf of third parties, such as government agencies or private businesses. However, the scope of a field right-of-way agent’s work cannot be summarized in one sentence. Among other tasks, field right-of-way agents perform the following duties.

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry, Land and Mineral Rights