Can an agent under a power of attorney sell a house or other real estate?

The answer is, it depends. The authority that’s granted to the agent in a power of attorney is based upon the language that is actually contained within the power of attorney.

So if the power of attorney says that the agent has the authority to buy and sell real estate, and perhaps even specifies the specific real estate location by address or by APN assessor’s parcel number, then the power of attorney can be used to allow the agent to sell real estate.

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