December was the fifth month in a row of higher year-on-year lending.
Lending totalled an estimated £37.3billion in the fourth quarter of last year, down from £39.2billion in the previous quarter but 11% higher than the last three months of 2010 (£33.6billion).
For 2011 as a whole, estimated lending totalled £140billion, slightly above the CML’s annual forecast of £138billion. This is up 3% from £136billion in 2010.
CML chief economist Bob Pannell said: "The closing months of 2011 saw stronger mortgage lending activity and housing transactions, despite the fact that short-term economic prospects are challenging.
"There is a glimmer of light ahead for households in that real incomes could stabilise and perhaps even start rising by the end of the year. But, continuing euro zone problems mean that mortgage funding prospects are uncertain, so overall UK mortgage market conditions for the year ahead remain difficult to call."
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