Mortgage & Market News, April 9th, 2012, Edmonton & Calgary

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First Foundation’s Best Rates for the Week:

Term Rates
1 Year 2.89%
2 Year 3.05%
3 Year 2.99%
4 Year 3.29%
5 Year 3.25%
7 Year 3.99%
10 Year 3.89%

ARM / Variable 2.85%
Line of Credit 3.50%

Prime Rate 3.00%
Qualifying Rate 5.44%


Market News

Canada’s TSX fell for the fifth consecutive session on Tuesday thereby erasing its gains for the year and dipping 0.16% below its close on the last trading day of 2011.

The S&P/TSX composite index fell 83.21 points, or 0.69%, to 11,935.29 in reaction to Friday’s disappointing U.S. jobs report. To make matters worse surging Spanish and Italian bond yields created concern that the eurozone was in for further debt crisis and concerns over Chinese trade figures also contributed to the downward spiral of the market.

Mortgage News

First-time homebuyers are the “engine” that is driving the housing market in Canada according to a national survey conducted by Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Credit Counselling Services.

The annual poll asked 1,533 Canadians questions about their financial well-being and revealed the following:

  • 43% of first-time homebuyers believe they are in good or great financial shape
  • Almost one-third of first-time buyers who purchased a home in the past two years, or plan to in the near future, believe now is a good time to buy which is up 25% from 2011.
  • 64% say they enjoy planning their financial future
  • 59 % of those polled say they managed to save for their down payment within two years or less.

“First-time homebuyers are the engine that will drive the housing market in the next few years,” says Brian Hurley, chairman and chief executive of Genworth Canada.

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As the company’s first employee, Jennifer has been a Licensed Mortgage Associate since 2004, but her current role is not focused on mortgages. She is the resident blog writer and…

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