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Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 452.01

  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Land: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments and all rights thereto and interests therein. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Officers: when applied to corporations include directors and trustees. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • real property: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments and all rights thereto and interests therein. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia, the states, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territories organized by congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed; "year" alone means "year of our Lord". See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
   (1e)   “Adverse fact” means any of the following:
      (a)    A condition or occurrence that is generally recognized by a competent licensee as doing any of the following:
         1.    Significantly and adversely affecting the value of the property.
         2.    Significantly reducing the structural integrity of improvements to real estate.
         3.    Presenting a significant health risk to occupants of the property.
      (b)    Information that indicates that a party to a transaction is not able to or does not intend to meet his or her obligations under a contract or agreement made concerning the transaction.
   (1m)   “Agency agreement” means a written agreement between a firm and a client in which the client authorizes the firm to provide brokerage services to the client.
   (1o)   “Associated with a firm” means to have been engaged by a firm to provide brokerage services to the firm’s clients and customers on behalf of the firm and under the firm’s supervision, including as an employee of the firm or as an independent contractor, or both.
   (1p)   “Associated with a subagent” means to be associated with a firm that is engaged as a subagent.
   (1s)   “Board” means real estate examining board.
   (2)   “Broker” means any person not excluded by sub. (3), who does any of the following:
      (a)    For another person, and for commission, money, or other thing of value, negotiates or offers or attempts to negotiate, whether directly or indirectly, a sale, exchange, purchase, or rental of, or the granting or acceptance of an option to sell, exchange, purchase, or rent, an interest or estate in real estate, a time share, or a business or its goodwill, inventory, or fixtures, whether or not the business includes real property.
      (b)    Is engaged wholly or in part in the business of selling or exchanging interests or estates in real estate or businesses, including businesses’ goodwill, inventory, or fixtures, whether or not the business includes real property, to the extent that a pattern of sales or exchanges is established, whether or not the person owns the real estate or businesses. Five sales or exchanges in one year or 10 sales or exchanges in 5 years is presumptive evidence of a pattern of sales or exchanges.
      (bm)    For another person, and for commission, money, or other thing of value shows real estate or a business or its inventory or fixtures, whether or not the business includes real property, except that this paragraph does not include showing a property that is offered exclusively for rent.
      (c)    For another person, and for commission, money, or other thing of value, promotes the sale, exchange, purchase, option, rental, or leasing of real estate, a time share, or a business or its goodwill, inventory, or fixtures, whether or not the business includes real property. This paragraph does not apply to a person who only publishes or disseminates verbatim information provided by another person.
      (d)    Issues a written report of property value that is prepared for another person and that is not an appraisal, as defined in s. 458.01 (1).
   (3)   “Broker” does not include any of the following:
      (a)    Receivers, trustees, personal representatives, guardians, or other persons appointed by or acting under the judgment or order of any court.
      (b)    Public officers while performing their official duties.
      (c)    Any bank, trust company, savings bank, savings and loan association, insurance company, or any land mortgage or farm loan association organized under the laws of this state or of the United States, when engaged in the transaction of business within the scope of its corporate powers as provided by law.
      (d)    Employees of persons enumerated in pars. (a) to (c), (f), and (i) when engaged in the specific performance of their duties as such employees.
      (dm)    Any employee of an attorney under par. (h) if all of the following are true:
         1.    The employee’s activities are directly supportive of the attorney’s provision of legal services to the attorney’s client.
         2.    The employee’s activities are activities that the attorney may perform under par. (h).
         3.    The employee is under the direction and supervision of the attorney.
      (e)    Any custodian, janitor, employee or agent of the owner or manager of a residential building who exhibits a residential unit therein to prospective tenants, accepts applications for leases and furnishes such prospective tenants with information relative to the rental of such unit, terms and conditions of leases required by the owner or manager, and similar information.
      (f)    Any credit union which negotiates loans secured by real estate mortgages or any licensee under ch. 138 which negotiates loans secured by real estate mortgages or any licensed attorney who, incidental to the general practice of law, negotiates or offers or attempts to negotiate a loan, secured or to be secured by mortgage or other transfer of or encumbrance on real estate.
      (g)    A person licensed as a mortgage banker under s. 224.72 who does not engage in activities described under sub. (2).
      (h)    Attorneys licensed to practice in this state while acting within the scope of their attorney’s license.
      (i)    A developer, as defined in s. 707.02 (11), negotiating a transaction involving a time share.
   (3e)   “Brokerage service” means any service described under sub. (2) provided to a person by a firm and any licensees associated with the firm.
   (3j)   “Business entity” means any organization or enterprise, other than a sole proprietorship, which is operated for profit or that is nonprofit and nongovernmental, including an association, business trust, corporation, joint venture, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, partnership or syndicate.
   (3k)   “Business representative” means a director, manager, member, officer, owner or partner of a business entity.
   (3m)   “Client” means a party to a transaction who has an agency agreement with a firm for brokerage services.
   (3p)   “Crime” does not include a crime for which the individual has been pardoned; a crime for which the conviction has been reversed, set aside, or vacated; or a crime for which the conviction has been expunged under s. 973.015.
   (3s)   “Customer” means a party to a transaction who is provided brokerage services by a firm and any licensees associated with the firm but who is not a client.
   (3w)   “Designated agency” means a multiple representation relationship in which each client of the firm in the multiple representation relationship receives negotiation services from the firm only from licensees associated with the firm who are not providing negotiation services to any other client of the firm in the transaction.
   (4)   “Disciplinary proceeding” means a proceeding against one or more licensees in which the board may revoke, suspend, or limit a license, reprimand a licensee, or assess a forfeiture or require education or training under s. 452.14 (4m) or (4r).
   (4v)   “Felony” means a felony under the laws of this state or a crime committed elsewhere that would be a felony if committed in this state. “Felony” does not include a felony for which the applicant has been pardoned; a felony for which the conviction has been reversed, set aside, or vacated; or a felony for which the conviction has been expunged under s. 973.015.
   (4w)   “Firm” means a licensed individual broker acting as a sole proprietorship or a licensed broker business entity.
   (4x)   “Licensed broker business entity” means a broker licensed under s. 452.12 that is a business entity.
   (4y)   “Licensed individual broker” means a broker licensed under s. 452.12 who is an individual.
   (5)   “Licensee” means any person licensed under this chapter.
   (5c)   “License number” means a number assigned to a person under s. 452.05 (1) (j).
   (5e)   “Listing firm” means a firm that has entered into an agency agreement with a seller or landlord pursuant to which the firm lists property for sale or lease.
   (5g)   “Material adverse fact” means an adverse fact that a party indicates is of such significance, or that is generally recognized by a competent licensee as being of such significance to a reasonable party, that it affects or would affect the party’s decision to enter into a contract or agreement concerning a transaction or affects or would affect the party’s decision about the terms of such a contract or agreement.
   (5j)   “Multiple representation relationship” means a relationship between a firm and 2 or more of the firm’s clients in which the clients are parties in the same transaction.
   (5m)   “Negotiate” means to provide to a party assistance within the scope of the knowledge, skills, and training required under this chapter in developing a proposal or agreement relating to a transaction, including doing any of the following:
      (a)    Acting, whether directly or indirectly, as an intermediary by facilitating or participating in communications between parties related to the parties’ interests in a transaction. In this paragraph, providing advice or opinions on matters that are material to a transaction in which a person is engaged or intends to engage or showing a party real estate does not, in and of itself, constitute acting as an intermediary by facilitating or participating in communications between parties.
      (b)    Completing, when requested by a party, appropriate board-approved forms or other writings to document the party’s proposal consistent with the party’s instruction.
      (c)    Presenting to a party the proposals of other parties to the transaction and giving the party a general explanation of the provisions of the proposal.
   (5n)   “Out-of-state broker” means a person who is not licensed under this chapter and who is regularly and lawfully engaged in the real estate brokerage business in another state, a territory or possession of the United States, or a foreign country.
   (5p)   “Out-of-state salesperson” means a person who is not licensed under this chapter and who is employed or engaged as an independent contractor by an out-of-state broker.
   (5r)   “Party” means a person seeking to engage in a transaction.
   (5w)   “Principal firm” means a firm that engages a subagent to provide brokerage services in a transaction.
   (6)   “Real estate practice” means engaging in conduct which requires a license under this chapter.
   (7)   “Salesperson” means any individual who is associated with a firm, other than a broker or an individual who is not required to hold a license under this chapter as provided under s. 452.03 (2).
   (7r)   “Subagent” means a firm that is engaged by a principal firm to provide brokerage services in a transaction, but that is not associated with the principal firm.
   (8)   “Time share” has the meaning given in s. 707.02 (24).
   (10)   “Transaction” means the sale, exchange, purchase or rental of, or the granting or acceptance of an option to sell, exchange, purchase or rent, an interest in real estate, a business or a business opportunity.