Real Estate News – May 17, 2011

Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)’s chairman and chief executive officer, said he was sorry for foreclosure mistakes as hundreds of protesters at the annual meeting demanded he do more to help homeowners and small businesses recover from the financial crisis (via

A New Jersey man who owned and operated several mortgage foreclosure rescue companies has pleaded guilty in a scheme that defrauded mortgage lenders of more than $10 million (via

US Sen. Akaka and other introduce legislation aimed at curtailing foreclosures (via

Housing Starts and Permits Show Construction Sagging (via

The New York attorney general’s office has requested information from three major banks about their mortgage operations, according to a source familiar with the matter (via

As home values decreased and more borrowers found themselves underwater, some home owners were opting for “strategic default,” choosing to stop making mortgage payments even though they could afford to pay. But analysts say the trend is on the decline (via REALTORMag):

For more than two weeks now the death of  Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda mastermind behind the airplane terrorist attacks of 9/11, has been welcome news in the U.S.   It’s also translated into some welcome news for commercial real estate, specifically the World Trade Center project (via