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Desperate house buyers have been sleeping in a queue of cars for up to ten nights to get their hands a home at a new Rochdale housing development.
Using relatives to do 'shifts' in the parked cars and ordering pizza to their vehicles, the prospective home owners, kitted out with sleeping bags, have been 'camping' outside the Gleeson Homes sales office near the Kirkholt estate for approaching two weeks.
Land - BBC - One - Waterloo - Road
Built on the land where the famous BBC One Waterloo road school once stood properties on offer include one, two and three bed homes.
Gleeson developers claim the rush is due to the low mortgage repayments on the properties that promise to be lower than the average rent in the area.
House - Buyers - Makeshift - Signs - Car
Would-be house buyers have stuck makeshift signs in their car windows pointing out their position in the queue - in case someone is thinking about pushing in - and letting other punters know which plot they call dibs on.
The eager punters are eyeing a new home at the sought-after Hill Top Park development, where new two, three and four bed properties are going up on the site of a former primary school where the BBC drama Waterloo Road was filmed.
Attraction - Price - Gleeson - Prices - Website
The main attraction appears to be the price - Gleeson doesn't list any prices on its website, but the would-be buyers camping out claim three-bed properties are sold for around £160,000.
Charities say Britain is in the grip of an affordable housing 'crisis', with young people and those on low incomes struggling to get on the housing ladder.
Thursday - Vehicles - Sales - Office - Customers
On Thursday, there were four vehicles parked outside the sales office and which appeared to belong to prospective customers who had been sleeping overnight.
One young mother from Oldham told the M.E.N. she had used a roster of relatives, including her husband to do 'shifts' in...
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