Real, a virtual brokerage, is drawing agents by offering app, high commission splits and radical independence

Jon Hom, a Houston-based real estate agent, does a lot of business in Starbucks. That's because his brokerage doesn't have an office. Which partly explains why he hasn't met his broker in person. "It's like an episode of Cheers," he said, referring to the American sitcom that was set in a Boston bar where locals gathered to socialize ...