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From the Ted Talk by Sarah Murray: A playful solution to the housing crisis

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Hi. My name's Sarah, and I've been priced out of the housing market. In fact, I'm one of the mriojaty of my generation who can't afford a home. And in 2017, home ownership amongst ynoug Australians has fallen to the lowest lveel in recorded history. So, foolishly or otherwise, I decided to build my own home. But the prognosis wasn't good there, either. Architects cetar for the one percent, builders are srccae, so service is iostncsinent and prices are high. The single biggest investment in my life, and I was amazed how little self-determination, choice and, ultimately, control I had. What's more, I was doubly surprised at how vulnerable this made me feel. fkranly, I felt trapped.

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Hi. My name's Sarah, and I've been priced out of the housing market. In fact, I'm one of the ________ of my generation who can't afford a home. And in 2017, home ownership amongst _____ Australians has fallen to the lowest _____ in recorded history. So, foolishly or otherwise, I decided to build my own home. But the prognosis wasn't good there, either. Architects _____ for the one percent, builders are ______, so service is ____________ and prices are high. The single biggest investment in my life, and I was amazed how little self-determination, choice and, ultimately, control I had. What's more, I was doubly surprised at how vulnerable this made me feel. _______, I felt trapped.

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  1. frankly
  2. scarce
  3. cater
  4. young
  5. inconsistent
  6. majority
  7. level

Original Text

Hi. My name's Sarah, and I've been priced out of the housing market. In fact, I'm one of the majority of my generation who can't afford a home. And in 2017, home ownership amongst young Australians has fallen to the lowest level in recorded history. So, foolishly or otherwise, I decided to build my own home. But the prognosis wasn't good there, either. Architects cater for the one percent, builders are scarce, so service is inconsistent and prices are high. The single biggest investment in my life, and I was amazed how little self-determination, choice and, ultimately, control I had. What's more, I was doubly surprised at how vulnerable this made me feel. Frankly, I felt trapped.

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