Many people think of leasing their mineral rights as they can earn continuous amount of money when they lease such things. This happens in most cases when the landlord has huge property and high quality mineral resources. But if it is the case when you own a little property and not pretty sure about the mineral resources beneath it, then it is a wise decision to sell your rights as you can never predict the ups and downs of the minerals you are having.
Moreover if you are not sure about how much mineral you have and whether it is of better quality or not then you cannot lease your rights. This is because, after giving your land to lease the lessee will check the mineral content and its quality then decides whether to go for extending their lease or canceling the lease. This may affect you economically. Instead of doing that if you directly sell your rights for huge amount, you can get a lump sum amount in hand, so that you can invest them in any of the profitable business and can further enjoy the profits.
Moreover many royalties offer only a small percentage of value of the oil or gas say some 12.5% or one eighth of the value of the oil or gas produced. This again depends on the quantity of the oil or gas produced that day. If it is already low the owner will also get very less percentage of amount which is considerably low. If it is in case of small properties the value is even low and hence selling such rights is a quite wise decision and makes you relieved from the rest of the tensions.
So it is always advantageous to sell the rights even before you have correct information about the things which you actually do not know and to avoid losses.