Excellent question ...
Paying more doesn't mean you're getting more -- especially in todays market.
As far as rating sites for realtors, there's a few around ... the problem is they seem to be outdated and perhaps not updated enough.
The issue .. you need to have a rating site that is protected for the consumer - by the consumer ... actual names, dates and contact information, this way false information can't be propagated into a rating.
Also this means consumers can get honest ratings .. and not something that was dropped the day before by the agent or his next door neighbor or by another agent on the next computer 20 ft away.
You need a system that can't be hacked into by the original agent, this way giving their own counterfeit information .. sadly, unfortunately we just had an occurrence of this.
On a positive note, consumers had a chance to understand it ... now they'll take even more steps in their protection of finding a quality realtor.
Good luck and happy hunting.!
Wonder why others refer those agents to you, assuming that they havd good experience with those agents, but somehow you and your family had problems with the same agents. Too bad that I dont' work in your area - I'd love to help change that experience.
My company does have great referral service and a database of great agents to work with. If you are interested, let me know.