Real Estate News – March 18, 2011

Japan Relief Fund Established by AREAA (via REALTORMag):

The International Council of Shopping Centers is supporting a proposed federal bill that would encourage additional investment in struggling commercial real estate loans (via

The 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan last week sent a ripple through the U.S. mortgage markets causing interest rates to lower this week (via REALTORMag):

A federal jury found disbarred Salt Lake City attorney Jamis Melwood Johnson guilty Friday night on 27 federal charges related to a mortgage fraud scheme that used false loan documents and straw buyers to strip millions of dollars from lenders (via

Federal bank regulators are suing three former top executives of Washington Mutual, accusing them of allowing risky mortgage lending (via REALTORMag):