Perhaps justice has begun arriving at last. Last week, the FBI announced it had arrested more than 400 people nationwide for mortgage fraud under what the agency called “Operation Malicious Mortgage.”

The very same day, cable news broadcast footage of two Bear Stearns employees being taken into federal custody after they were indicted on charges of lying to investors about the true state of the funds they managed –funds that were invested in the increasingly wobbly subprime securities market.

Finally, in a welcome twist from the typical scam story, the Boston Globe reported last week that 26 Massachusetts residents who lost their houses in a foreclosure rescue scheme will get their homes back as part of a settlement.

Justice may be blind, but mercifully, she is not deaf.—Alison Rice

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Boyce on Building: The Battle to Stay Afloat I was a little surprised to see in an NAHB survey last week that only one in three builders had reported that lenders had ordered property reappraisals. Based on comments from builders and analysts, and some high-profile cases that have made the news, I thought the figure would be higher.

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Top Headlines

FBI Arrests More Than 60 People in ‘Operation Malicious Mortgage’ Minnesota Builder Files Chapter 11

Single-Family Housing Permits Slide 4 Percent

NYC: Trench Collapse Death is a Crime

Midwest Floods Drudge Up Dispute

Beltwaywide Financial

Housing Crisis

Exiting a Market is More Involved Than Just Saying Goodbye

Housing Market Index Declines One Point

Boomers Plan to Stay in Current Homes

When Builders Go Broke

Immigrants Turn to Farm Work Amid Building Bust

Anatomy of a Meltdown: The Credit Crisis

26 Who Lost Their Homes Get Them Back

Public Builders

Massive Lennar Project Misses Out on State Funding

Standard Pacific Reports 12 Percent Drop in Orders

Ryland Gains Market Share

Business of Building

Laing Launches Custom Home Division

Going Green

San Francisco Launches Solar Roof Program

Have You Heard?

Innoventions Dream Home Debuts at Disneyland

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