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By MARY UMBERGER Unlike many American workers, Anna Demeyere doesn't feel as if she's chained to her office desk. For one thing, she doesn't have a desk. She never did. Demeyere is a sales associate at Real Estate Partners in Chattanooga, Tenn. This young brokerage largely ditched the idea of providing assigned desks for agents in favor of "hot desks," available on a first-come, first-served basis. Powerful communications technologies have led to some out-of-the-box redesigns of real estate brokerage offices, with some brokers eschewing the idea of "the office" as a one-size-fits-all workplace (see related articles). In the sleek, downtown Chattanooga space that Real Estate Partners moved into last November, a few agents who tend to work traditional hours and w...