In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in West Virginia.
You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in West Virginia, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in West Virginia, and more.
Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.
Basic West Virginia Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Getting a real estate license in West Virginia is rather easy compared to other states. You only need a total of 90 classroom hours of commission-approved pre-licensing courses. In comparison, to get a license in Texas, real estate licenses require applicants to complete 180 hours of courses. Here’s a quick breakdown of the real estate licensing requirements in West Virginia:
Pre-licensing Courses Required in West Virginia
In order to get a real estate license in West Virginia, you will need to complete 90 hours of real estate pre-licensing courses that will cover:
- Agency Relationships and Contracts
- Real Property Ownership/Interest
- Real Property
- Marketing Regulations (purchase and rental)
- Property Management
- Real Estate Calculations
- Activities Requiring License; Exemptions From Licensure
- Scope of Practice, Closing Statement, and Fees
- Advertising Rules
- Trust Funds
- Refusal, Suspension or Revocation of a License
- Penalties for Violations
- Complaints, Investigation, Hearings, Cost of Proceedings
- WV Fair Housing
- Agency Relationships
- Purpose of License Law and Regulations and Role of the Commission
- Duties of Licensees. Duration of Existing Licenses; Transfers
- Renewal of License
- Continuing Professional Education
West Virginia Real Estate Exam Information
If you work hard and take the courses seriously you should have no problem passing the exam. If you’re looking for help studying for the test, we recommend Real Estate Exam Scholar’s Exam prep course. They offer top-notch exam prep for an affordable price. Even better, they also offer a money back guarantee if you don’t pass on the first try.
West Virginia Pre-Licensing Exam Questions
- Total of 150 multiple-choice questions (to be completed within 3 hours)
- 100 questions on the national portion (75 correct required to pass)
- 50 questions on the state-specific portion (38 correct required to pass)
What to Bring to the Exam
- 2 valid forms of identification with signatures. One ID must be a government-issued Photo ID; basic calculator
- Confirmation number when the test reservation was made.
You must earn a score of 75 to pass the West Virginia Real Estate Salesperson Exam
West Virginia Real Estate Salesperson License Fee
Exam fee in West Virginia
You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in West Virginia.
Applicants must be at least 18 of age or older
Any U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien can apply.
Any active member of the West Virginia Bar who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from taking the real estate prerequisite course.
Applicants who have an existing criminal record may still apply for a real estate license. It would be best if applicants were to include their criminal history along with the necessary documents related to the conviction, if any, on their application. After submitting your fingerprints, your application will be forwarded to the Division of Criminal Justice Information Systems and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon investigation, each applicant will be considered on their own merits.
Online Real Estate Schools in West Virginia
While taking your real estate pre-licensing course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same courses. Career WebSchool is a solid choice.
West Virginia Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability
If you plan on working in states besides West Virginia, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for West Virginia.
- Reciprocity: West Virginia has mutual recognition agreements with 15 states:
- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
- Portability: Physical Location
To learn more about real estate license portability in West Virginia, check out our guide on real estate license reciprocity and portability here.
How to Choose the Right Real Estate Company to Work For in West Virginia
Let’s face it. Choosing the right brokerage to work for in any state isn’t easy. In order to make your choice a little bit easier, check out our in-depth guide on choosing the right real estate company to work for.
If you’re curious about which West Virginia brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in West Virginia for 2017 below.
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*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2017
West Virginia Counties with Highest Average Listing Price and Highest Median Sales Price 2017
Let’s face it, higher listing prices mean higher commission checks! To get a sense of which counties offer the best opportunities for big bucks in West Virginia check out this sales data from Trulia’s West Virginia home price page below (week ending June 21):