Power Of Sale

Definition of 'Power Of Sale'


A clause written into a mortgage authorizing the mortgagee (lender) to sell the property in the event of default, in order to repay the mortgage debt. As a mortgage term, power of sale is equivalent to the term foreclosure.

Investopedia explains 'Power Of Sale'


The power of sale is language added to a mortgage document that allows the lender to sell the property if the mortgage payments are not met, thereby permitting the lender to repay the mortgage debt. A property that is foreclosed is sold by the lender (usually a bank) in order to recover losses incurred by the loan default.

In addition to a mortgage term, power of sale also refers to the power expressed or implied in a trust agreement permitting the trustee to sell the investments comprising the trust.


Filed Under: ,

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Identity Fraud Reimbursement Program

    A financial product that offers reimbursment for the costs associated with having been a victim of identity theft. These costs may include getting affidavits notarized for police and financial institutions, postage for sending certified mail to police and financial institutions, lost earnings resulting from time spent recovering one's identity, and legal fees.
  2. Cash and Carry Transaction

    A type of transaction in the futures market in which the cash or spot price of a commodity is below the futures contract price. Cash and carry transactions are considered arbitrage transactions.
  3. Amplitude

    The difference in price from the midpoint of a trough to the midpoint of a peak of a security. Amplitude is positive when calculating a bullish retracement (when calculating from trough to peak) and negative when calculating a bearish retracement (when calculating from peak to trough).
  4. Ascending Triangle

    A bullish chart pattern used in technical analysis that is easily recognizable by the distinct shape created by two trendlines. In an ascending triangle, one trendline is drawn horizontally at a level that has historically prevented the price from heading higher, while the second trendline connects a series of increasing troughs.
  5. National Best Bid and Offer - NBBO

    A term applying to the SEC requirement that brokers must guarantee customers the best available ask price when they buy securities and the best available bid price when they sell securities.
  6. Maintenance Margin

    The minimum amount of equity that must be maintained in a margin account. In the context of the NYSE and FINRA, after an investor has bought securities on margin, the minimum required level of margin is 25% of the total market value of the securities in the margin account.
Trading Center