Cuba enjoys housing market boom after sale ban lifted
6 October 2012 Last updated at 15:10 BST
The buying and selling of houses was branded "speculation" and banned after the 1959 revolution.
The only way to move was to swap houses, severely restricting mobility.
But, in a popular move, the ban was lifted in 2011 as part of a raft of government reforms.
Since then property sales, and prices, have been rising steadily.
Sarah Rainsford reports from Havana.