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Editor's note: Inman News is seeking input for our "Roadmap to Recovery" editorial project, which focuses on the future of the real estate industry. Find out how to participate at Inman.com/Roadmap. This article features responses by real estate agent Tim White to a set of 10 forward-thinking questions. You can view this list of questions at: Inman.com/Reinventing -- if we publish your responses you win a free pass to the upcoming Real Estate Connect conference (for new registrants only). The following is an Inman News Q&A with Tim White of Century 21 Carole White Associates in West Roxbury, Mass.: Q: Imagine how the real estate industry will be different when we recover from the current downturn. A: Lean and mean. Those surviving post-downturn brokerages will begin the new era as slim and fit operators, as opposed to the fat and lazy "we've-had-too-much-to-eat-and-can't-see-our-toes" behemoths of days long past. The next-generation brokerage model...