Unless the context in which used clearly requires a different meaning, as used in this article:
(a) "Applicant" means any person who is making application to the commission for a license.
(b) "Associate broker" means any person who qualifies for a broker's license, but who is employed or engaged by a licensed broker to engage in any activity regulated by this article, in the name of and under the direct supervision of the licensed broker.
(c) "Broker" means any person who for compensation or with the intention or expectation of receiving or collecting compensation:
(1) Lists, sells, purchases, exchanges, options, rents, manages, leases or auctions any interest in real estate; or
(2) Directs or assists in the procuring of a prospect calculated or intended to result in a real estate transaction; or
(3) Advertises or holds himself or herself out as engaged in, negotiates or attempts to negotiate, or offers to engage in any activity enumerated in subdivision (1) of this subsection.
(d) "Commission" means the West Virginia Real Estate Commission as established in section six of this article.
(e) "Compensation" means fee, commission, salary or other valuable consideration, in the form of money or otherwise.
(f) "Designated broker" means a person holding a broker's license who has been appointed by a partnership, association, corporation, or other form of business organization engaged in the real estate brokerage business, to be responsible for the acts of the business and to whom the partners, members, or board of directors have delegated full authority to conduct the real estate brokerage activities of the business organization.
(g) "Distance education" means courses of instruction in which instruction takes place through media where the teacher and student are separated by distance and sometimes by time.
(h) "Inactive" means a licensee who is not authorized to conduct any real estate business and is not required to comply with any continuing education requirements.
(i) "License" means a license to act as a broker, associate broker or salesperson.
(j) "Licensee" means a person holding a license.
(k) "Member" means a commissioner of the Real Estate Commission.
(l) "Real estate" means any interest or estate in land and anything permanently affixed to land.
(m) "Salesperson" means a person employed or engaged by or on behalf of a broker to do or deal in any activity included in this article, in the name of and under the direct supervision of a broker, other than an associate broker.