Television presenter, singer and national treasure Cheryl Baker describes how back in 1984 she just knew her first home was The One.

When did you buy your first home – how old were you?

The first property I ever bought was for my Mum and Dad in 1983 when I was 29 and it was in Basildon, Essex.  I bought my own home in 1984 when I was 30.

Where was it?

Eltham, South East London

Give us a short description of the property

It was a two-bedroom semi-detached chalet bungalow with leaded light windows and pink roses bordering the garden. It was a really, really pretty house.

The house didn’t need any work but when I moved in, I built up and out adding another bedroom, bathroom and conservatory. I loved it and wouldn’t change a thing.

Did you buy it alone or with somebody else?

By myself.

How many homes did you view before finding it?

It was the first house I viewed.

Bungalow in New ElthamDown the road from Eltham in New Eltham you'll find this charming two-bedroom bungalow up for sale at £450,000

How much did you pay for the property?

£53,000

Did you negotiate on the price?

I loved the house so much that I offered and paid the asking price as I didn’t want to risk losing it.

Did the buying process go smoothly?

Because it was part of a fairly long chain the buying process took longer than I thought – I remember being concerned that it would fall through. But fortunately, that didn’t happen.

How do you think your experience compares to that of a first-time buyer of 2020?

I have 25-year-old twin daughters, and neither of them own a property. It was so much easier when I was buying my first home.

Cheryl’s band The Fizz, has a new album out now Christmas with the Fizz! Look out also for Smoke and Mirrors which will be released in March 2020

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