WRA's Partnership for Success Program
Promoting diversity within the REALTOR® membership.
The WRA Partnership for Success Program is designed to promote diversity within the REALTOR® membership based on race, color and national origin, in a manner designed to enhance the probability of long-term success in the real estate profession.
The program forges a partnership between the applicant, sponsoring broker, local or regional association, and the WRA. Applicants must be of a minority race, color or national origin, and must demonstrate a commitment to becoming successful real estate licensees. The sponsoring broker provides a mentor and in-house training for the recipient to optimize the success of the new licensee. Ideally, the applicant would be a new licensee who has not had a license for more than six months and who is aspiring to become a full-time agent. The program is intended to provide startup assistance to applicants who have not previously held a real estate license.
Video: The Partnership for Success Program
Partnership for Success Video
Learn how the program helps minority candidates prepare for a successful real estate career.
The WRA waives one year of dues, the local association if participating in the program waives any initiation fee and one year of dues, and the WRA pays one year of NAR dues. This dues benefit applies to the current calendar year if the applicant has not yet paid REALTOR® dues, includes new member and initiation fees, or to the following calendar year if REALTOR® dues have already been paid.The WRA also pays six months of MLS fees.
In addition, the program offers a variety of opportunities and startup assistance features for the new licensee. The fees paid by the WRA must be repaid to the program in cash and/or by service hours — for WRA or local REALTOR® association committees or established § 501(c)(3) charities — no later than three years after the award is made so that additional awards may be made or "paid forward" to additional recipients.
The ideal candidate will have considered what it will take to be a successful real estate agent and will have worked on a one-year, five-year and 10-year business plan. The ideal candidate also considers what can be done to further and enhance his or her education and how he or she can best contribute to the real estate community and the local community as a whole.
To apply, both the applicant and sponsoring broker must complete applications. Both also are required to attend an interview with the WRA Cultural Diversity in Housing Committee in either Madison or Milwaukee. For more information, contact Debbi Conrad or Debbie McNelly at the WRA.
Sponsoring broker application: Click here to download.
Candidate application: Click here to download.
Partnership for success brochure: Click here to download.
2017 interview schedule: Click here to download.
Mentorship guidelines and selection criteria: Click here to download.
Volunteer hours form: Click here to download.