West Virginia

Real Estate







I wish to bid everyone a fond farewell, as I enter the next chapter of my life. Effective December 1, 2015, I will retire from the Real Estate Commission after 37+ years of public service. As some of you know, I came to the Real Estate Commission in 1978 as the Investigator, and in 1990 was provided the opportunity to become the Commission's Executive Director.

I have witnessed many changes during my tenure with the Commission. In 1978, a typical purchase agreement was printed single-sided on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper; a listing agreement was half that size. There was no automation in the Commission office with all licensing and renewal functions being completed manually. There were no education requirements and in order to sit for the examination you only had to submit an application. No fee was paid unless you passed the exam. License fees were $50.00 for broker, and $25.00 for salesperson.

The first major change took place in 1980 when the Pre-license education requirement became law. At that time, West Virginia had one of the highest pre-license education requirements in the nation; 90 hours for salesperson and an additional 90 hours for broker applicants. In 1989, mandatory continuing education was enacted, which required seven (7) hours of approved continuing education be completed by each licensee that renewed on active status.

In 1992, the Commission established its own Local Area Network which integrated the Commission's functions in a manner that allowed staff to share electronic information and provide opportunities for collaboration. In 1994, the first professional Education Director was hired to administer the education functions of the Commission. In 1997, Commission Staff created one of the earliest state agency web sites.

In 2001, the Legislature provided the Commission with an opportunity to rewrite the Real Estate License Act. The Commission Members and staff produced a proposed new law which was endorsed by the West Virginia Association of Realtors, ultimately passed the Legislature and was signed into law in 2002. The law has been amended several times over the years, with the most important being in 2013, when the Commission's initiative to require criminal background checks for all original applicants for a license was passed.

I leave the Commission in good hands with a professional staff that is experienced and knowledgeable about the operation of the Commission. The staff has a good understanding of the Commission's purpose: "To Protect the Public Interest". That purpose is fulfilled by providing information to licensees which assists them in complying with the law and regulations, and by providing unbiased information and assistance to the general public regarding their interactions with licensees. I have complete confidence in Kevin Hypes, Deputy Director; Nedka Dineva, Education Director; Robert Rucker, Investigator; and Samantha Curry, Secretary. I will miss seeing them every day, but will also miss all the friendly people in the industry, and other Government Officials which I have come to know over the years.

Good Luck to the Real Estate Commission Members, Commission Staff, all Brokers, Associate Brokers and Salespersons, and the real estate education providers and instructors.


Richard E. Strader, CPA, Executive Director


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED - Each and every applicant for an original Broker, Associate Broker or Salesperson is now required to submit to a state and national criminal background check. Obtain complete information by "Clicking Here".

FREE FLOOD HAZARD TOOL - The Real Estate Commission is pleased to announce the existence of a free "West Virginia Flood Hazard Determination Tool", which has been made available to the public by the WVU, GIS Technical Center. The tool is designed to help real estate agents, other professionals and the general public quickly, accurately and efficiently determine whether a building or property is in or near a flood plain. You may access this free tool at: http://www. mapwv.gov/flood.


300 Capitol Street, Suite 400
Charleston, WV 25301
304.558.6442 fax


Cheryl L. Dawson, Chairman
Kathryn L. Martin, Vice Chairman
Kathy J. Zaferatos, Secretary
Joe L. Ellison, Member
Densil L. Nibert, Member

Richard E. Strader, Executive Director


The West Virginia Real Estate Commission has the principal purpose of protecting the public interest from the unauthorized, unqualified and unregulated practice of real estate brokerage through enactment of
WV Code 30-40
and to regulate the granting of such privileges and their use.


Member - Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)
E.E.O.\Affirmative Action Employer

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