Message from the keeper February 2016

Published: 29 February 2016

Earlier this month, we published our quarterly house price statistics, revealing that, between October and December, the volume of residential sales in Scotland rose 14.5 per cent on the previous year. A total of 28,779 properties changed hands during those three months, the highest volume of sales  for any quarter since quarter one of 2008-2009. Prices also reached their highest for this quarter since we began compiling quarterly statistics in 2003, up 1.6 per cent on the previous year to £167,734. Combined, these figures indicate a more robust and active property market.

We have developed a number of customer  enhancements this month. In Registers Direct, the details of shared and sharing plots will now show on application record searches. For advance notices, the granter and grantee boxes will only be included on the PDF where this information has been entered, reducing the size of the printed form. And  we've updated our eforms to  reflect the upcoming closure of the sasine register to standard securities, allowing you to get used to the amended application process before it goes live on 1 April.

As we approach the start of a new financial year, we've been busy preparing our business plan for the next three years. Central to this plan is our digital transformation programme, which will see us develop a range of digital channels and technologies that will enable us to provide a better service  for our customers. This work will feed into our land register completion programme, which will really progress in the coming few years as we use our full range of registration powers, including voluntary and keeper-induced registration.

Central to these keeper-induced registration powers is the public consultation that we ran late last year. The consultation analysis has now been published on our website. This explains how we will implement keeper-induced registration as we continue our work to complete the land register. Thank you  once again to everyone who took part – your input has been invaluable.