Week in NUMBERS

9 – the number of awards ceremonies that Mortgage Strategy has held since 2002. This year’s ceremony is taking place this week (February 16) at the plush Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

17% – the increase in demand Unbiased.com has registered for independent financial advice between December 2010 and January 2011. First-time buying is back as the number one driver in January for consumers seeking whole of market mortgage advice.

14% – the amount the number of new tenants registering for rental accommodation increased by in Q4 2010 when compared with the same period the previous year.

23 – the number of months that the Monetary Policy Committee has now held the base rate at 0.5%.

58% – the percentage million pound property sales jumped in 2010 as revealed by Large Mortgage Loans.

28,600 – the number of loans for buy-to-let taken out in Q4 2010 – up 6% on the 26,900 taken out in Q3 2010.

7.2% – the month on month fall in mortgage applications in the US for home purchase in January. It was the first decline in six months, thereby calling a halt to the previous upward trend.