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Brokers give Uncle Sam mixed marks

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Editor's note: This is the first part of a series of articles that detail the responses to a survey of real estate brokers. This series highlights brokers' business strategies to survive these challenging economic times. In Part 1, below, brokers' views of the government's role in the industry are explored -- what it's done right, what it got wrong, and what it could be doing better. Part 2 will examine brokers' attitudes toward rules and policies established by the industry itself. Part 3 will detail the segments in which brokerages are gaining or losing busines. Part 4 will look at cost-cutting measures implemented by brokerages, and Part 5 will explore what brokers see as their company's competitive advantage.The best thing the government can do for real estate brokers is to implement tougher licensing requirements that would raise the bar for entry to new agents, said a group of real estate brokers surveyed by Inman News. Conducted from Oct. 16 to Jan. 12, the online survey...