House prices have fallen 1.5% in a year, despite sales increasing, according to new figures.
The average price of a residential property in the final quarter of last year was £154,810, down almost £2,500 from the same period of 2011, Registers of Scotland (RoS) said.
The market appeared to be growing in the second quarter of last year when the average price rose to £159,310, but fewer sales in the last three months of 2012 brought prices down.
Property in some areas did get more expensive between October and December, with prices in Inverclyde rising more than a fifth to £127,410.
A total of 20,355 properties were sold across Scotland in 2012, up 2.7% on 2011.
Rhona Mackay, head of commercial services at RoS, said: "The latest figures are not dramatically different compared to the previous year, so there is a bit of a flattening of the market. Compared to large falls in prices a few years ago, the market is reasonably stable but there is still a downward trend.
"One of the reasons we're seeing a more marked difference in variations between regions is that the volume of sales is dropping.
"When one house changes hands now it has more of an influence on the statistics than it would have seven or eight years ago, and that could be the case in Inverclyde with a couple of houses changing hands at the high end of the market influencing the average figure."
East Dunbartonshire is now the most expensive area to buy property, with an average £215,300 price, overtaking Edinburgh where prices fell by an average 5.8% to £212,607. In the space of a year, prices in Aberdeen went up 5% to £196,175, while the average house price in Glasgow remains at around £130,000 despite a small fall over the year.
Mrs Mackay said: "The big cities tend to stay reasonably stable in terms of price because there tends to be more demand and a steady number of transactions in the likes of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow."