Jeff Thompson's Blog – February 2011 Archive (4)

USIP Losing It's Funding?

The following was sent to me from ACR (I am a member) and thought it is relevant and important to pass it also along here:

As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to eliminate funding for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for the remainder of the fiscal year as part of a $61 billion package of budget cuts.  We in ACR leadership were shocked by this action and hope for its reversal in the Senate. 

USIP was created by Congress in 1984 as a… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on February 26, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

5 Negotiating Tips For The First Time Home Buyer

Today's post comes from one of's faithful reader (yes, I do have some!), Ann Douglas.

If you are interested in submitting a guest blog post, feel free to send it along to me at mediator.jeff[at]…

Added by Jeff Thompson on February 20, 2011 at 3:27pm — No Comments

When Families Need Mediators (Elder Mediation)

(Originally posted at
The Wall Street Journal published an article on February 5th, 2011 on the topic of Elder Mediation.

The second paragraph touches on an…

Added by Jeff Thompson on February 6, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Mediation Process Leaves Homeowners & Lenders Unhappy

With all the hoopla around how mediation is so grand, I thought this would be a good reality check since my blog is 'fair and balanced'. (Anyone laugh at that? Anyone??)

The Nevada Supreme Court, which oversees the Foreclosure Mediation Program, has several times in the past 18 months updated program rules in response to concerns that have arisen, but bank officials and homeowners say the program still has problems that must be addressed.

...Homeowners said the program… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on February 3, 2011 at 9:58pm — No Comments

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