Mortgage market figures on first full week of 2021

The figures from the first week of mortgage market trading in 2021 have been released by Twenty7Tec, a leading mortgage technology platform.

Phil Bailey, Sales Director at the mortgage technology company explains:

“We ran the stats of January 1st to 7th for each of the past six years and expressed them as a percentage of the year’s highest weekly figures.

“In most other years, the total number of mortgage searches in the first week of the year is around 75% of the previous year’s busiest week. However, last week, this this figure dropped to be 67.43% of the prior year’s high.

“In terms of weekly ESIS documentation as a percentage of the prior year’s busiest week, last week was the slowest first week of the year since 2018, with less than 60% of the prior year’s busiest activity.

“It’s fair to say that you can’t tell too much from a single week, but I believe that the industry is looking for a bellwether to tell us how the market is likely to perform this year in light of the quadruple whammy of Brexit, stamp duty changes, Covid, and the state of the broader economy.

“Our previous analysis throughout 2020 showed an immediate surge in mortgage activity, post any regional or national lockdown. If the trend continues through 2021, we should expect a significant bounce as the promises of a post-vaccine world and subsequent stability returns.”

“As you’d expect, we’ll report on the state of the market as it evolves this year.”

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