-How long have they been in the business?
-What is the ratio of list price to purchase price for their buyers? What is the area average? (You want someone who can find you a good value, and help you negotiate hard for it.)
-How will you communicate with me?
-Ask for testimonials from past (recent) customers.
Here is a link to a table of the duties agents have for each type of relationship for your reference
The Buyer tips below has some info that may be helpful.
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