West Virginia Real Estate Commission

​The West Virginia Real Estate Commission (WVREC) was created in 1937 with the purpose of protecting the public interest from the unauthorized, unqualified, and unregulated practice of real estate b​​rokerage (agents and firms).  

The WVRE Commission is an independent state governmental agency.  It should not be confused with the West Virginia Association of REALTORS® (or its local Boards), which is a trade organization whose members are known as "REALTORS®".

The​ Commission is not authorized to give legal advice or answer questions on legal subjects other than the West Virginia Real Estate License Law and Legislative Rules. 


​​Created by Chapter 127, Acts of the Legislature, Regular Session, 1937; Reestablished by Chapter 245, Acts of the Legislature, Regular Session, 2002; consists of five members appointed by Governor, by and with advice and consent of Senate; bipartisan; term, four years; each member must have been a resident of this state for at least six years prior to appointment and remain a resident during the appointment term; one citizen member; four members must have been licensed and practiced in this State as a Broker, Associate Broker or Salesperson as his or her primary vocation for a period of not less than ten years; one of the four licensed Commissioners must be chosen from among three nominees selected by the West Virginia Association of Realtors; Chairman designated by Governor; Vice-Chairman and Secretary selected by Commission from among own members; receive same daily compensation as is paid to members of Legislature for interim duties, and reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred; Commission to supervise and regulate the business of persons who, for compensation, list, sell, purchase, exchange, option, rent, manage, lease, or auction any interest in real estate for another; and to have charge of issuance and revocation of licenses of real estate Brokers, Associate Brokers and Salespersons. (Code §​30-40)​​​