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Agents beware: your clients are watching you, and now they can rate you publicly. A new Web site,, allows homeowners to view lists of real estate agents in a given area, along with information on properties currently listed by those agents and consumer reviews of those agents. The site, which just launched in beta, or test form, last week, was started by Niki Scevak, formerly an analyst at research firm Jupitermedia. Because it's just a week old, the site only has listings for California so far, but will broaden its offerings over the next few months. It is currently tracking 33,984 Realtors across 49,212 home sales transactions. "With real estate prices going up as much as they have, more real estate agents have entered the market," said Scevak. "In terms of choosing an agent, it's a noisy landscape. It seemed to me that the Internet might enable consumers to look at this massive amount of data in an organized and clean form, and in an open way as well to share opin...