A young couple from Shropshire are spending seven weeks in a queue to buy their first home.
Jodie Butler, who is seven months pregnant, and her partner Tony Rhodes, have been queuing day and night at Annington Court near Telford since August 5.
They are determined to keep their place in the queue, to ensure that when 43 homes go on sale on September 16 they will get the one they have set their hearts on.
Miss Butler, a 22-year-old hairdresser, and Mr Rhodes, a 24-year-old machine operator, both from Telford, are expecting their first child on December 7.
She said: "We've been here nearly five weeks and we have just under two weeks left to go. I really want to get settled before the baby is born.
"This was the only house we wanted so we thought we might as well go for it. I can think of better things to be doing but we wouldn't be able to afford a decent sized house otherwise. We didn't think we could possibly afford to buy a home of our own before my mum spotted the details of the sale at Annington Court.
"The fact that we get our deposit paid and money towards legal and survey costs is a massive help, especially with the baby on the way." The couple had been planning to continue to live with their parents after their child was born until they heard about the former Ministry of Defence homes at Annington Court.
Annington bought more than 57,600 two and threebedroom homes from the MoD in 1996. Most were leased back to the MoD for continued use as service accommodation, but every year properties which are surplus to requirements are handed back to Annington and refurbished.
Annington has helped 75 people - about half of them first-time buyers - purchase homes in the Telford area in the last few years. The company aims to help first-time buyers by selling the properties on a first come, first served basis to avoid gazumping or bidding wars. It offers incentives such as a five per cent deposit and £550 towards legal and survey costs.
The couple are not first in line - there are several people ahead of them in the queue who arrived a few days before them.
Miss Butler said: "We are third in the queue, but the other people want threebedroom houses and the one we want is a two-bed, so we are pretty confident that we will get it. As a bonus we have been able to meet some of our future neighbours.
"For the past five weeks Tony and I have been juggling work and had the help of our friends and family to make sure we keep our place in the queue.
"Someone has to be here all day and all night because you're only allowed two hours to go home and have a shower.
"We've slept here in our caravan every night but during the day when we've been at work it has been quite hard. We've had a few takeaways but I have managed a bit of cooking in the caravan."
There are 43 properties for sale.
Prices start at £115,950 for two bedroom homes and £134,950 for three bedrooms.