In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in Wisconsin.
You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in Wisconsin, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in Wisconsin, and more.
Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.
Basic Wisconsin Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Getting a real estate license in Wisconsin is rather easy compared to other states. You only need a total of 72 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 Wisconsin:
Pre-licensing Courses Required in Wisconsin
In order to get a real estate license in Wisconsin, you will need to complete 72 hours of real estate pre-licensing courses that will cover:
- Ownership and Transfer of Property
- Land Use Controls and Regulations
- Valuing and Financing Property; Calculations
- Contract Law and Approved Forms
- Business Ethics
- Fair Housing
- Federal Antitrust Law
Wisconsin 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.
Wisconsin Pre-Licensing Exam Questions
- Total of 140 multiple-choice questions (to be completed within 4 hours)
- This includes both state-specific and national real estate questions
What to Bring to the Exam
- 2 valid forms of identification with signatures. One ID must be a government-issued Photo ID
- Confirmation number when the test reservation was made
You must earn a score of 75 to pass the Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson Exam
Wisconsin Real Estate License Fee
Exam Fee in Wisconsin
You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in Wisconsin.
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 Wisconsin Bar who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from taking the real estate sales associate 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 Wisconsin
While taking your real estate pre-licensing course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same courses. Mbition – Learn Real Estate is a solid choice.
Wisconsin Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability
If you plan on working in states besides Wisconsin, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for Wisconsin.
- Reciprocity: Wisconsin has mutual recognition agreements with 2 states:
- Illinois and Indiana
- Portability: Physical Location
To learn more about real estate license portability in Wisconsin, check out our guide on real estate license reciprocity and portability here.
How to Choose the Right Real Estate Company to Work For in Wisconsin
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 Wisconsin brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in Wisconsin for 2020 below.
Real Estate Brokerage
Keller Williams Realty Milwaukee
|Real Estate Brokerage|
Keller Williams Realty-Madison
*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2020
Wisconsin Counties with Highest Average Listing Price and Highest Median Sales Price 2020
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 Wisconsin check out this sales data from Trulia’s Wisconsin home price page below (week ending June 21):