I don't know if ths is a California phenom but we have rent a brokers. I am not sure how this happened or the genesis but I suspect the cause. Several years back the statewide association, decided it wanted to upgrade the class of agents. To be a broker and open your own office, you had to have 2 years of experience. Thinking about it, that is pretty funny. I can't imagine how ignorant I was when I had only 2 years in the biz. How about you? Anyway, that was the requirement. But, to start the upgrade process, they changed the law and allowed you to become a broker/owner if you had a College degree. And, it did not have to be in real estate.
The results have been devastating. We have had an influx of immigrants from lots of countries. And, they slipped through this loophole and opened their own office, specializing in recruiting agens who speak their language. Many have 200+ agents, many of them part time. And, in my humble opinion, have exploited their own people because they receive little or no training. In fact, one of the Association problems is that the broker doesn't insist that they are required to join the board. And, several allowed agents to work while they were studying for their exams, before they got their license.
But, back on point, the RENT A BROKER concept. This is where, you are a sales person who wants to open an office, But, you can't because you are not a broker. So, you find a broker somewhere, and you use his license to open an office. Many times, they are not even located in the same area. YOu can imagine what a mess this is. And, are they in the office training, looking a files and coaching their agents. NO!!!!