Nov. 18 (UPI) — Homebuyer demand is rising as soon as once more after pausing round Election Day, in line with an business report on Wednesday.

The brand new evaluation by the Mortgage Bankers Affiliation confirmed functions up 4% for the week, and 26% increased over November 2019.

Software quantity had fallen off for a couple of weeks round Election Day, Nov. 3, the report mentioned. Historically, November is not a powerful month for homebuyer demand. Rates of interest close to report lows, nonetheless, are nonetheless serving to the business.

Demand from potential homebuyers has remained largely sturdy in 2020, regardless of the financial hardship introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Housing demand stays supported by the continued restoration within the job market, and an elevated urge for food from households looking for extra space due to the pandemic,” Joel Kan, MBA affiliate vice chairman of financial and business forecasting, mentioned in a press release.

“The common refinance mortgage stability of $291,000 final week was the bottom since January,” he added. “Many debtors with increased mortgage balances might have acted earlier on within the present refinance wave.”

The MBA report confirmed that functions to refinance dipped barely final week, however are 98% increased than they had been a yr in the past.