Mortgage lending up 49% year on year
This matches November’s gross lending total and is the highest for a December since 2007 bringing the estimated total for the year to £177bn, up from £143bn in 2012.
Gross lending for the fourth quarter of 2013 was an estimated £52bn which represented a 5% increase on the third quarter of last year and a 38% increase on the fourth quarter of 2012 (£37bn).
CML chief economist Bob Pannell said: “Short-term growth prospects for the housing market and the wider economy look very positive.
“Mortgage lending was stronger than we expected in the closing months of 2013 but lenders expect little if any boost to borrower demand this quarter.
“While some of these gains reflect government schemes the rationale for the positive narrative is a much broader one reflecting such factors as the improving economy and jobs market, consumer confidence and competitive mortgage deals.”