The Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA) advocates every day on behalf of REALTORS® and property owners.
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We support policy initiatives that strengthen Wisconsinites’ ability to own, buy, and sell real property. The WRA also provides a wide variety of resources to foster and harness grassroots strength and constituent influence with elected officials.

Learn more about the recent legislative successes the WRA has been working on to help REALTORS® and property owners in Wisconsin.

Recent Successes

Foreclosure Equity Theft Loophole

Foreclosure Equity Theft Loophole

LEGISLATION2023 Wisconsin Act 207 Wisconsin Legislative Council Act Memo: 2023 Act 207The WRA supports requiring counties to sell property and distribute any net proceeds to the former owner after acquiring the property through a property tax foreclosure. BackgroundIn...

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Real Estate Practice Changes

Real Estate Practice Changes

LEGISLATION2023 Wisconsin Act 208 Wisconsin Legislative Council Act Memo: 2023 Act 208MEMOS SUPPORTING LEGISLATIONWRA Memo on AB 918 WRA Amended Memo on AB 918The WRA supports making changes improve real estate practice, including establishing a safe harbor, requiring...

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Discriminatory Covenants and Deed Restrictions in Wisconsin

Discriminatory Covenants and Deed Restrictions in Wisconsin

Offensive, discriminatory covenants based on race and other protected classes appear in deeds and subdivision restrictions and covenants throughout Wisconsin. While illegal, this language haunts the title records and title commitment reports received by buyers looking to purchase these properties.

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Eliminating the Personal Property Tax

Eliminating the Personal Property Tax

Most property owners receive one property tax bill annually. However, many business owners, receive two tax bills — one tax bill for their real property and a second for their personal property, including furniture, fixtures, tools, and other business-related...

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No More Chasing Sales, Fair Assessments for All

No More Chasing Sales, Fair Assessments for All

Wisconsin’s constitution requires all property tax assessments to be assessed uniformly. Specifically, Article VIII, Section 1 states, “The rule of taxation shall be uniform ….” This language, known as the “uniformity clause,” was inserted in the constitution in the 1800s to prevent state and local lawmakers from giving preferential treatment to some property owners over others.

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DSPS Education Efficiencies

DSPS Education Efficiencies

The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) regulates and licenses more than 208 different types of credentials, including real estate licensees. As the fourth largest license holder at DSPS, the WRA and its members are highly invested in making sure the...

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Clarify Wisconsin MLS sales tax exemption 

Clarify Wisconsin MLS sales tax exemption 

In November 2021, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) expanded the scope of “digital goods” guidance to include access to online databases. DOR revised Publication 240 to clarify that “other news or information products” are not limited to products that disseminate news but also include any products that disseminate information, where information is a collection of facts or data (not necessarily news-related).

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Right to Rent Law

Right to Rent Law

LEGISLATION66.1014 - Limits on residential dwelling rental prohibitedWisconsin’s right to rent law balances the rights of property owners to rent their homes and the rights of their neighbors to use and enjoy their property. The law was passed in response to a growing...

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Homeowners Associations

Homeowners Associations

LEGISLATION2021 Wisconsin Act 199A homeowners’ association (HOA) is a subdivision organization that creates and enforces rules relating to properties within its control. Typically, when a property is purchased within an HOA, the property owner automatically becomes a...

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