Aiming to snare extra mortgage business through the Internet, several community banks have linked their World Wide Web sites to real estate brokers.

"This has been one of the single greatest marketing tools I have ever seen come along," said Michael R. Fitzgerald, a senior vice president at Salem (Mass.) Five Cents Savings Bank. "Not only does it provide some good will to the real estate community, but it also intercepts some homebuyers and sellers early on.

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