The Dutch made more than 118 thousand mortgage applications in the third quarter of this year, according to figures from Hypotheken Data Netwerk (HDN) on Monday.

The number of applications is therefore 15 percent higher than in the same period last year.

The number of mortgage applications rose sharply from August 2019.

Despite the corona crisis, a record number of applications were made in the second quarter of 2020.

In the third quarter, this growth leveled off somewhat.

Nevertheless, the number of applications this quarter is still above the 2019 average (107,519).

The lion's share of the applications were for the purchase of a home, while a smaller portion concerned refinancing or a second mortgage.

Most mortgage applications were made successively in the provinces of South Holland, North Holland and North Brabant.