Its market share of new loans stood at 8.8% while its total mortgage book now equal to 5.2% of UK mortgage lending, a record for HSBC.
Its repossessions were just 1.4% of UK total.
But the average new loan was just 54%LTV, up from 52% in 2009, while for first-time buyers it was 72.1% LTV.
The bank increased its lending to first-time buyers by a whopping 16.7% to £2.7bn last year.
Pre-tax profits for the bank more than doubled from £4.4bn in 2009 to £11.8bn last year but its shares still fell this morning.