Brokers think beyond the cubicle

'Hot desks' and incentives encourage agent mobility

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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.