Zackary Smigel

Hello, my name is Zackary Smigel.

I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with my beautiful wife and amazing cat. I love Age of Empires, Star Wars, and own and operate Real Estate License Wizard.

About Me

In 2017, I had an incredibly frustrating experience trying to study for my real estate license. It seemed like almost all the information on the internet, in books, and in study guides, was conflicting. One article said one thing, while one book said another. Not only was information conflicting, sometimes the information I found was from five, sometimes ten years ago. I was dumbfounded with the lack of resources for people who are trying to get their real estate license.

I was so confused that in order to pass my exam, I had to compile information into spreadsheets to sort through everything. I even ended up calling my local brokers asking them individually about laws, because certain state sites didn’t even publicly have them available on the internet.

It was so frustrating that I partnered up with my tech-savvy cousin Leo, to solve this issue. After a few weeks of coding and typing, we created the world’s first 100% free real estate practice exam for Pennsylvania. It was a simple multiple-choice real estate practice exam that I used daily to prepare myself for the exam.

A few months later, we noticed hundreds of users using our app. Initially, we were both astonished with the response but soon realized the problem I discovered in 2017; thousands of others were dealing with every day. People want, no people need, real estate exam prep that is up-to-date, affordable, and easily accessible to everyone.

Fast forward to today, we now have real estate practice exams for 15 different states, a real estate exam prep course, and have helped thousands of people with the real estate exam.

That is my story and promise to you: to keep all of our information up-to-date, affordable, and easily accessible.

Here is what I have been working on lately:

  • Mbition Review (2022)
    Mbition provides top-rated online real estate agent courses that can prepare students for a career in this field. In addition, virtual learning becomes increasingly more popular as more individuals seek to better their education in their spare time while still working and raising a family.  This review will dive into …

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  • Real Estate Express Review (2022)
    Are you thinking about getting your real estate license? Real Estate Express is one of the leading online real estate schools and has been helping people acquire their real estate licenses for more than 20 years.  In this Real Estate Express review, we will take a close look at their …

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  • Estate at Will in Real Estate
    You need to know several types of leasehold estates for your real estate exam, such as periodic tenancy, estate for years, tenancy at sufferance, and estate at will. This article will cover estates at will, what it is, how it works, and how it differs from other leasehold agreements you …

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  • What is Physical Deterioration in Real Estate?
    For the real estate exam, you need to be familiar with deprecation and the three types of it. Today we talk about physical deterioration, the most common form of depreciation, the different kinds of physical deterioration, and more. What is Physical Deterioration Physical deterioration is the loss of a property’s …

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  • Effective Age vs. Economic Life
    Comparing effective age vs. economic life is an essential concept to understand for real estate professionals and appraisers. In this article, we define economic life, effective age, and actual age and compare the differences in terms. What is Economic Life? Economic life is the specific amount of time in which …

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