Authorization to Sell Law and Legal Definition

Authorization to sell is a listing contract whereby a representative is employed by a seller to secure a buyer for the property. An authorization to sell does not give the agent the authority to enter into a binding contract of sale. For an agent to enter into a binding contract s/he requires a special authorization just like a limited power of attorney. Unlike the contract for the sale of real property, the broker's authorization to sell need not contain all of the terms and conditions upon which the real property is to be sold. The details of the sale may be supplied orally pursuant to the broker's authorization, so long as the fact of employment is reduced to writing.