Blogs 06.02.23

January 2023 breaks mortgage search records

January 2023 breaks mortgage search records


We have today has issued our findings based on our mortgage platform data for January 2023

The main findings include:

Mortgage searches

  • January 2023 saw more mortgage searches than ever before in a single month – up 6.4% on the previous best-ever month (September 2022)
  • January 2023 was also the busiest ever month for remortgages but only the 13th busiest ever for purchase mortgage searches.
  • The end of the month saw a huge uptick in self-employed mortgage searches as the self-assessment tax period ended on January 31st
  • This was the fifth month on the trot where we created more ESIS documents for remortgages than for purchases – despite purchase searches outstripping remortgage searches
  • Ten of the top 20 ever busiest days for mortgage searches on our platform were in January 2023
  • Three of the top ten busiest ever days for FTBs on our platform were in the last two weeks of January 2023
  • There was a split in market activity when it came to volumes of mortgage searches based on valuations: in January 2023, we saw fewer sub £250k searches than in December 2022 but 5.5% more searches for properties valued at over £1m



  • The month ended with over 14,988 products and variants available, up 11.4% compared to the end of the prior month
  • Product availability gains were mainly in the following max LTV bands:
    • Total products with a max 60% LTV rose 11.8%
    • Total products with a max 80% LTV rose 10.6%
    • Total products with a max 85% LTV rose 13.1%
    • Total products with a max 90% LTV rose 14.6%



“January 2023 was the start that every adviser would have wanted for 2023: busy and interesting. The Bank of England rate change will, we believe, keep advisers busy over the coming days. February tends to surpass January for performance, but given that this January was our busiest ever for total mortgage searches, it’s hard to predict. It will remain important that advisers continue to monitor rate and policy changes given the broader economic circumstances and the sustained regulatory push for best advice is more essential than ever.”

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