Brokers think beyond the cubicle

'Hot desks' and incentives encourage agent mobility

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.