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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.