The 90s was a strange time for a lot of people.
We know it because we have lived through it.
We can all remember when, in 1997, we were all young and excited to move to a new city.
We all went to live in our first apartment, or apartments, in a suburb.
We didn’t have to pay for our own water, food or rent.
We could get to the airport for free.
In fact, we did.
It was like living in an alternate reality.
We were on a brand new planet.
For us, the “90s” were a time of unprecedented economic growth and growth in terms of housing.
But we were also living in a bubble, a bubble that was very different from what we experienced in other bubbles.
The bubbles we were living in were bubbles of luxury.
And, as I said, we had to pay to live here.
I remember being in my first apartment in a luxury apartment in the suburbs, and I remember saying to myself, “It’s just like the ’80s.”
The 90s were a period of unprecedented growth in real estate, and the new housing was built in a way that made the homes seem more luxurious than they really were.
Many of the new homes were high-rise.
They had big windows and lots of chrome.
Some of the houses were big, and some were smaller.
The homes were often surrounded by landscaped gardens.
When we moved into our first house, it had a pool, and it had this really fancy marble staircase.
So it seemed to be a very special thing, and that’s what I thought it was.
At the time, most of us were just excited to be living in the most desirable city in the world.
By the end of the decade, we realised that it was just a mirage.
We realised we weren’t going to get to where we wanted to go, or be able to do what we wanted.
Our first house was very expensive.
My parents moved from the UK to Australia to live with me.
This was before we had smartphones, so I had to learn to speak Australian.
One of the first things we noticed was that there was a lot more plastic than the old houses.
It was a big problem.
Because of the fact that we had this new luxury housing, it was very, very expensive to get into.
We had to spend $400 a month just to get a one-bedroom apartment.
What we didn’t realise was that the houses we lived in were being replaced with very similar houses that were being built in other cities.
After our first home was built, the next house was built on top of it.
And the next one.
And so on.
There was a house next door.
A house right next door was built for the next guy who moved in.
People who were living at home were getting pushed out of their old place because the prices went up, and they couldn’t afford the new house.
To make matters worse, there was also a new type of housing that was being built, and those houses were being constructed in the same way.
That’s why it took me a long time to realise that this was all a dream.
Like many of you, I started to realise just how much money was being sucked out of our lives.
Instead of paying $600 a month to live at home, we spent $800 a month for a two-bedroom flat.
As a result, my parents got stuck in the middle of the market.
My father was able to afford a four-bedroom house in the city, but not for the rest of us.
Eventually, we got the house we wanted and bought a second house, but it was too expensive to afford.
Soon, we started to notice that the prices for new homes, and new construction, were going up.
On the second floor of our new house, I noticed that the wall had the words “FEMA” written on it.
All of the other tenants in the house had the same message on the walls.
While we were at the front of the line for the new home, a new, larger building was being completed.
Everyone was talking about it.
The new, more expensive house.
But people were also moving out of the old ones.
They weren’t getting the apartments they wanted.
We all noticed that people were moving out too.
From the end, I realised that the entire housing market was in meltdown.
Everything was just moving forward at such a speed that it felt like there was nothing we could do.
It felt like everything was falling apart.
Then, in 2017, we woke