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Check out an agent's listings online, says Brobeck of the Consumer Federation of America

Places to look include the real estate agency's website and sites such as Realtor.com, which offer a searchable online database of properties in the multiple listing service.Most buyers start their search online, and you want an agent who uses that tool effectively

"A key thing is an attractive presentation on the web," Brobeck says.Look at how closely the agent's listings mirror the property you want to buy or sell

Are they in the same area? Is the price range similar? Does the agent have enough listings to indicate a healthy business, but not so many that you'd be waiting days for him or her to return your call?7

Gauge the agent’s knowledge of the areaA good agent should know about other properties that are available in the area, Irwin says

Mention a house in your area that recently sold or is for sale.If the agent knows the property and can give you a few details, that means he or she really knows your area, he says

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