I've just checked several web sites that purport to provide sold
prices. One famous site doesn't return any hits for dates after 2004
for my postcode, despite the fact houses /have/ been sold in both 2005
The Land Registry itself seems to keep the information secret. I can't
get at it - or it expects me to pay £3 for the info. Does anyone know
a web site where this data is genuinely up to date? According to the
"one famous site" the Land Registry data was last updated on 27 Oct
And no data, either! Doesn't even recognise the postcode! Says: "No
data found". Even RightMove finds plenty of data on our road, just not
Added red faces, too, at houseprices, because they provide a "street
index". "This section allows you to drill down to every major street
in the database." it says. Trouble is, my street isn't in there,
despite the fact that the various services manage to address bills
This is what I mean, there are a lot of sites out there with a promise
to provide house price data based on the Land Registry, and even
RightMove *used* to do it fairly well. Now, though, I have yet to find
a site with up-to-date data.
Note that it would appear that the Land Registry don't have price
information for all property purchases - a house in our road was
sold/purchased last year and I always wondered why none of the property
price sites had the details. Only when I went to the Land Registy
website did I find 'Sorry, there is no price paid information available
for this property.'
Does anyone know why this might be the case? All the other sales in the
road appear to have this info available...
The sale does not have to be registered for (IIRC) 2 years.
Although most solicitors don't want paperwork hanging around for
that long, it's possible the sale you refer to just hasn't been
I was once told by a surveyor that commercial (banking) interests were
not price registered. I don't know if this is right or not but I also
know of properties that have been sold and for which no prices are
Why would you expect to get Land Registry info. for nothing? All of
these types of governmental organisation (e.g. Companies House) charge
these kinds of small sum.
There is actually some very good and useful data to be had from these
organisations, although sometimes one has to deduce it. Over the
past couple of years, we have been tracking the profile, directorships,
property and other assets of an individual who owed a deceased relative
a considerable sum of money in commercial rent. By doing some fairly
painstaking research in terms of time but at an outlay of about £30 in
LR and CH fees, we were able to build up a pretty detailed picture.
The outcome has eventually been a success in terms of recovery of said
I have used similar records in connection with buying and selling of
property. Only last evening I was talking to an acquaintance who had
lost a lot of money on a property sale because the local authority
record showed that the house had been built on landfill. It hadn't,
and it was very clear that the local authority had made a mistake -
probably in the transfer of records from a previous county council.
By researching it, there was plenty of evidence that there wasn't and
could never have been landfill on the site - dates, other applications,
other infrastructure present etc. etc. That case continues.
You haven't mentioned the reason for wanting to know house prices.
The best advice is that if it really matters to know rather than it
being idle curiosity, then cross check with as many sources as possible.
None can be relied upon, and I have tried several of the well known
ones using known examples and the data was either missing or wrong.
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