Real Estate News – April 8, 2011

It’s an “all you can read” buffet of real estate news today:

The Effect of New FASB Rules on Commercial Real Estate Leasing (via

ACLU pushes to slow mass foreclosure docket in Florida (via

Commercial Real Estate Surges, Needs Corporate Hiring To Continue (via

SBA expands commercial real estate mortgage refinancing program (via

A new report reveals findings of common tactics used in loan modification scams that set out to dupe home owners (via REALTORMag):

The Obama administration has threatened a government shutdown if Congress can’t soon agree on a budget, but the shutdown could hurt housing right when the peak home buying season is getting underway, experts say (via REALTORMag):

Paradise Spa HOA raided by state and federal authorities (via

Vacancies at U.S. regional malls rose to the highest in at least a decade in the first quarter, a sign that landlords are struggling to keep tenants after the recession even as retail sales increased (via

A California homeowner is suing the mortgage servicing unit of Morgan Stanley, claiming the company had no intention of permanently modifying her home loan payments to an affordable amount despite having her make a slew of trial payments under a federal program designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure (via

Proposed federal rules would drive many out of market for home loans (via

In a move that some will say is an example of the flexibility of the Groupon model, and that others will point to as a shark-jumping moment, the online deals site has partnered with a Chicago-area real estate firm for its first ever venture into the home-buying market (via

A real estate agent’s discovery of marijuana growing in a bank-owned home he was listing in Elk Grove, Calif., eventually led police to three other pot houses and five arrests (via REALTORMag):