Michael Williams has lived in the area of Stoke-on-Trent where houses are being sold for £1 since 1988.
He says in recent years Cobridge gained a bad reputation for anti-social behaviour and drugs, but hopes the new council scheme to sell houses for £1 will give the area the boost it needs.
He hopes the new tenants will take pride in the community, and it will bring more investment to the area.
Tax worker Gavin Pierpoint has been successful in his application for a £1 house in the Cobridge area of Stoke-on-Trent.
Thirty-three houses owned by the council have been put up for sale for the tiny price to try and regenerate the area, where many of the terraced properties are boarded up and empty.
ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin asked Gavin if he was concerned about living in what is now a run down part of the city.
Rachel Roberts says she's really looking forward to moving into her £1 house in Stoke-on-Trent.
The 31-year-old graphic designer got to see inside her new home on Rutland Road in the Cobridge area of the city for the first time today.
But she explained that part of the deal to get the house for just £1, is to have a proactive role in building the community spirit, as well as a new home for herself.
Today the first people to buy a house from Stoke-on-Trent City Council for just one pound, got to see inside their future homes.
Each new owner will take out a 30 thousand pound loan from the council to get the properties done up and pay it back in instalments.
And as Chris Halpin reports, the project now has international interest as far away as China.
The third round of applications to get hold of a new house for just £1 in Stoke-on-Trent has been launched by the city council.Read the full story ›
A couple who have landed one of the £1 houses on offer in Stoke-on-Trent have said it feels "like winning the lottery".
Lawrence Poxton, aged 48, and his wife Teresa, 45, told ITV News Central they had been looking for somewhere to retire - and now have the perfect spot.
A couple born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent are among those who have been told their bid to buy a £1 house in their home city has been successful.
Lawrence Poxton, aged 48, and his wife Teresa, 45, have lived in a private rented house for 10 years - but are now property owners thanks to the scheme.
They say they want to invest for their future and help rebuild the community.
A total of 20 houses have been sold under the £1 scheme, with more up for grabs.
People who have bagged a bargain new home for just £1 are today viewing their properties.
Twenty council houses in Stoke-on-Trent have been sold for £1 each, and another 13 are still for sale.
The scheme is designed to help regenerate rundown properties parts of Cobridge.
Buyers have to take on a £30,000 loan to improve the houses.
A Staffordshire University graduate is the first person to have passed all the financial checks in order to buy a council house in Stoke for £1, as part of a new regeneration scheme.
Graphic designer Rachel Roberts, 31, spoke about the opportunity the scheme provides.
I still live with my parents so this is a fantastic opportunity to buy my own home. I am moving back to the street where my father and grandfather were born, and my great-aunt is still here.
I love the area. I love the city and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I am really looking forward to helping rebuild and grow the community. It is our responsibility to get involved. There are real opportunities for business growth in the city. It is a city of opportunity. This is a really exciting time for the city.
Twenty council houses in Stoke-on-Trent have been sold for £1 each, and another 13 are still for sale. The scheme it to help regenerate rundown properties in the Portland Street area of Cobridge.
Buyers must commit themselves to taking on £30,000 loan to upgrade their new home. The council is commissioning the improvement works and ensuring a certain level of quality is maintained.