Preparing to take the real estate licensing exam can be a daunting task for many students. However, PrepAgent claims to make the study and exam taking process easy and effective. In this PrepAgent review we are going to find out if there is truth to that claim.
NOTE: We have actually accessed PrepAgent and gone through it ourselves. You can be assured this review is from an actual user.
Overview of Prep Agent
PrepAgent is an online program and resource center that claims to help students effectively prepare to pass their state real estate exam on the first try. This is not a pre-licensing course of any kind.
Students who are apprehensive about taking the real estate exam or feel like they need more help are the PrepAgent target market.
What PrepAgent Does
PrepAgent is exactly what their names say. They prepare future real estate agents to take the real estate exam. They do this through online learning through a few different methods.
The program utilizes articles, practice exam questions, and live or recorded webinars. During the live webinars attendees can actually chat with the instructors and other students. This offers more support and allows questions to be answered in real time.
There are various members of the PrepAgent staff who teach the webinars but many of them are taught by the website proclaimed “real estate expert,” Joe Juter.
This is not all they do. There are a number of services they provide. In addition to the exam prep packages, PrepAgent also offers private tutoring for students who feel like they need more help.
PrepAgent has two instructors who are available for private tutoring sessions. Both of them charge the same amount per hour, $75. If you want to schedule multiple sessions then that is possible but they do require that they are broken up and not consecutive.
Scheduling is very easy but it is clear on the website that there will be no refunds if less than a 48 hour notice of cancellation is given by the student.
In addition to the above services, there are more informal resources as well. The website has test taking tips that anyone has access to. They don’t have to be students of PrepAgent.
There are also “Question of the Day” emails. This is a free subscription that sends real estate exam questions and answers directly to your email everyday.
PrepAgent also has an article database that is bursting with real estate information to help with the exam. This is accessible to anyone, students or otherwise.
How and When PrepAgent Started
We wanted to find out more about the PrepAgent backstory but the website didn’t offer us much. In fact, there is nothing about how it started or how long they have been in business on the website.
There is a dashboard link on the bottom of the page that says “About” but nothing happens when the link is clicked. It just goes to the top of the page.
But there are some things that we do know from the website as well as a quick web search. We know who the founder and primary instructor is. Joe Juter is the founder and still the main person running videos and webinars.
PrepAgent has hired more instructors but Joe is still very hands-on with the business.
After a quick web search, we still don’t know when PrepAgent was actually founded. But we did find PrepAgent YouTube videos that date back to 2014. PrepAgent could have started earlier but they have been helping students pass their state exams for at least six years.
We would have liked to see an “About” page on the website to give prospective students some background on the company.
In-Depth Look at PrepAgent
The video below will give you a complete walk-through of PrepAgent and what it has to offer to help you pass your state exam.
PrepAgent is in the business of preparing real estate students to take the real estate exam. They are not a company that offers anything other than exam prep. However, they do have partners that they recommend for pre-licensing courses if you need that.
Students of PrepAgent need to have taken or currently be taking the pre-licensing course for their state. Enrolling in exam prep before taking the pre-licensing course is inefficient and will not be helpful.
If you aren’t sure if PrepAgent is for you, then you can try a free practice exam before you sign up. This will give you an idea of what to expect from the program.
But they are so confident in their program that, regardless of the package you choose, they offer a 100% money back guarantee. You don’t have to prove that you didn’t pass and the only stipulation is that the request comes within 120 of enrollment.
This is a very different guarantee than we usually see. Typically there are very strict stipulations but with PrepAgent it is if you are unsatisfied for any reason at all.
With that being said, they do have a high satisfaction rate among students as they have a less than 2% refund rate.
What States Does PrepAgent Serve?
The great thing about PrepAgent is that they serve all of the states. Their program is set up to be able to help students from any state. Many of the exams are set up in the same way with similar questions.
However, the content can be different state to state. They can customize the program for the students’ particular state laws and information.
How Does the Exam Prep Program Work?
The beauty of this program is that it is pretty straightforward. It has been designed to be interactive, user friendly, and provide options for different time frames and budgets.
The first step is to choose a package. There are three different packages to choose from. These are tailored to the state as well as to the type of exam, broker or agent.
The packages are priced based not only on what they offer but also on how long you want access to them.
The first option is the basic package. This is a package that would be great for last minute studying and cramming. It is the least expensive package, which we will talk about later.
Students who choose this package still get the money back guarantee but only have access to the national and state-specific questions for one week. There are no live webinars with this option.
It is simply access to practice questions to help keep the information fresh on your mind before your exam. Students who don’t need that much help but would feel better with extra exam prep would do well with this package.
The second package offered is the deluxe package. It offers students quite a few more resources for only a small price increase. Students also have access to the information for a longer period of time.
In addition to what the basic package has there are four extra features. Students have one month of access with this package for extended prep time.
The additional features include 75 exam prep videos, audio lessons, online flashcards that are interactive in nature, and the exam prep digital book. These add to the effectiveness of the course.
The extra resources in the deluxe package are definitely an added value and they are all designed to be accessed anywhere. Whether you are on your laptop, desktop, or smartphone it is possible to prepare for your exam.
The final package is by far the best value offered by PrepAgent. However, it will depend on what the students need and the time frame for taking the exam.
The premium package is the most comprehensive package offered. It has everything the deluxe package has with three more resources.
There is an interactive vocabulary list that is formatted as a worksheet. This is the package that gives students access to live webinars as well as the full library of recorded webinars.
The premium package gives students access to all of the resources for a full year. This is a package that is great for advanced preparation or taken concurrently with your pre-licensing courses.
Oftentimes it isn’t possible to upgrade a package after the purchase. However, PrepAgent makes things easy in this department. That is one of the things in the PrepAgent review that we like.
If you start taking the basic course but decide in a few days that you need more time or resources then you can contact them and upgrade your package. This will give you immediate access to the extra resources.
It isn’t clear on the website if you just pay the difference or need to pay the full price of the new package. That is a question that should be asked before signing up for any package.
The pricing for prep agents is affordable and adds value to the course of your choice. They have three different packages because they want to meet the needs of different students and budgets.
They also know that students have already invested in pre-licensing courses as well as exam fees. Making their exam prep courses affordable and effective has made them an attractive option.
The basic package is the most affordable option as $59 for a week of access for exam prep questions for your state and national exam.
The deluxe package that we have talked about already is the middle of the road option and is $79. This gives you a month of access and extra features.
The top package, which is the more well equipped and a popular package is still under $100. This package with all of its resources is only $99 and gives you one year of complete access to everything.
Pros and Cons of Using PrepAgent
Part of this PrepAgent review is looking at the pros and cons of the program and the company. We have looked in-depth at this program and are now ready to break it down to a pros and cons list.
- Plenty of resources available
- Tailored to each state
- Money back guarantee
- Great exam prep options
- Response times very good for support
- Doesn’t give specific information about upgrading