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Real estate professionals are seeing more sloppy deals in this hot housing market than in the past, according to the overwhelming majority of respondents in an informal Inman News poll. The latest tally of survey results found 86 percent of respondents said they'd seen sloppy business practices increase. But their ideas about whom to blame for such dealings varied widely, and they pointed fingers at everyone from newbie agents to lenders to appraisers. Some didn't try to place blame, and instead simply warned that the current situation smacks of a boom-and-bust cycle. "House prices have been going up $10,000 a month in New Jersey," wrote one person. "I sold a home three years ago for $109,000, it was just resold for $320,000!!! Talk about inflated home prices! As a real estate broker ...