AIG United Guaranty Canada Launches the Upgrade Advantage(sm) Product

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - AIG United Guaranty Canada announced today the
launch of a mortgage insurance product developed to assist Canadian borrowers
who are purchasing a newly constructed house or condominium. The Upgrade
Advantage(sm) product enables home buyers to purchase a newly constructed home
or condominium from a residential builder and include certain builder upgrades
within their mortgage. Designed to improve cash flow for the borrowers, the
product has the following features:

    -   Borrower may include up to 15% of the purchase price in upgrades(1),
        to a maximum of $75,000.
    -   The plan allows borrowers to purchase a home from a residential
        builder with a 5% down payment.
    -   Loans with amortization of up to 35 years are eligible for mortgage

    "AIG United Guaranty is committed to developing innovative and
sustainable products for the residential mortgage market," said Andy Charles,
president of AIG United Guaranty Canada. "This new product for the new
construction market demonstrates our commitment to provide value-added
mortgage insurance solutions to Canadians today and into the future."

    AIG United Guaranty Canada is a member company of American International
Group, Inc. (AIG), which has been in Canada for more than 45 years and now
employs over 800 people throughout the country. AIG United Guaranty Canada has
established a strong presence in the Canadian mortgage market and now has a
customer base of more than 30 lending partners. AIG United Guaranty Canada
works closely with its lending customers and other mortgage finance
professionals to develop sustainable solutions for the Canadian housing
    Further information is available at or by
contacting Brian Bell at (416) 640-8933.

    (1) Based on a list of acceptable builder upgrades approved by AIG.

For further information:

For further information: Brian Bell, (416) 640-8933

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