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Part 3 of 3: Foreclosure Mediation Best Practices

Heather Scheiwe Kulp, March 14th, 2012

MEDIATION SESSION ELEMENTS

Ensure Mediators are Well-Trained

Some programs, fearing they will not be able to attract people to mediate, lower the requirements for training mediators. Instead of the normal 40 hour mediation training, they may require only 12 hours of training with an additional training in foreclosure law, or only require that the mediator be an attorney. This lack of training jeopardizes the mediation process itself, as people may not have the tools after 12 hours of training to manage such a complicated discussion. Connecticut’s program boasts a high settlement rate, in part because (more…)

Foreclosure Mediation goes to Washington: U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hears Testimony on Foreclosure Mediation

Heather Scheiwe Kulp, February 1st, 2011

In the face of a tremendous snow storm, another storm received air time this morning. The housing crisis has resulted 1.2 million foreclosed homes, with promise of a million more during 2011, the anticipated peak year. So far, 27 states or localities have created some form of foreclosure mediation program to deal with the storm, with Washington State close behind.

The federal government’s voice has recently risen above the squall. (more…)