The HM Land Registry holds online records for more than 20 million registered properties in England and Wales. This information is integrated into Peopletracer’s people search, making it easy for you to view associated property details, such as purchase price.
But what does the data consist of? What does it show? And what could it be used for? The rest of this guide will answer these questions.
What does Land Registry sales data consist of?
Also known as Paid Price Data, the Land Registry’s sales data for England and Wales is published on a monthly basis. The data tracks the residential property sales that are lodged with the Land Registry for registration, making it a reliable source of house price information, dating back to January 1995.
Important facts about Land Registry sales data include:
As there is a time lag between the sale of a property and the subsequent registration of this information with the Land Registry, the two most recent months are incomplete
The data contains over 15 million records and is updated with thousands of new sales every month
Some data is excluded, including commercial transactions, sales that were not for full market value (such as sales of part of a property, or for shares of a property) transfers, conveyances, assignments or leases at a premium with nominal rent. You can find out more from Direct Gov
Data held doesn’t indicate the current value of a property, but rather the price paid at sale
In each calendar month, the Land Registry extracts new and amended transactions from the data set and converts them into a linked data form. You can find out more here
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What does the data show?
Each transaction record will contain the following information:
A transaction identifier
The property address
The date of the transaction
The price paid
Information about the property
How does the Land Registry publish the data?
The Land Registry publishes the sales data in several forms:
Interactively – using the Price Paid Data Report Builder
As CVS or TXT files – from the Land Registry Website
As a 4* linked dataset
There are also three download options via Direct Gov:
Single file – containing up-to-date data from 1995
Monthly file – contains a single monthly file of transactions received within the period
Yearly file – contains annual files of up-to-date data, from 1995 to present day
The data is published in columns, with headings including, Transaction Unique Identifier and Price and Date of Transfer.
Recent data has also been visualised in this interesting interactive map, showing average prices in the UK.
Note: The above map will not be visible if you are logged into the Peopletracer site. Simply log out to view it.
How is the data used?
The Land Registry sales data is utilised by a number of different groups. These include application developers, data analysts, estate agents and property website owners, who use the data to:
Analyse patterns and trends in the property market
Create valuation software
Produce insights to inform social and housing policy
Accessing Land Registry sales data on Peopletracer
Peopletracer integrates Land Registry sales data into the results of a people search, allowing you to access available Land Registry house prices and other in-depth information about an address. As we compile the data for you, it makes it much easier to find the information you need than via the Land Registry site.
Peopletracer’s packages also offer you greater value for money – as well as giving you access to Land Registry sales data, we also offer access to information from the electoral roll, the UK's official Telephone Directory database, financial information and information from the General Register Office.
Peopletracer offers three different packages to suit your needs: Bronze, Silver and Gold. If you’re searching for the details of just a couple of properties, the Bronze package should be ideal. However, if you’d like to utilise the Land Registry sales data for business purposes, you will need to invest in a bigger package.
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What information will you have access to?
When you perform a people search, the results will give you the option to view property information related to the individual. If the Land Registry Data is available, you’ll be able to see:
The property type
The property transfer
The purchase date
Peopletracer also offers a Property Owner Search. This enables you to find out the registered owner of properties in England and Wales and if the property is solely or jointly owned.
This can be extremely useful if you need to know the owner’s name in the case of a dispute or to make an offer on a house. It can also be helpful when it comes to avoiding property fraud (insert link to blog on Land Registry Property Alerts). The following people may need to know the registered owner of a property:
Buyers – who want to ensure that the person ‘selling’ a property is the registered owner, and that there aren’t any joint owners who may be unaware of the sale
Tenants – who want to make sure that the landlord of a property they are renting/intend to rent is the true owner of the property
The Land Registry sales data, available with Peopletracer, offers both individuals and businesses access to an extremely useful set of information. Find out more by visiting our ‘Property Information’ page.