Real Estate in Cuba
This website is being developed to feature a cooperative listing service similar to
the Multiple Listing Service in the US.
Cuban based Realtors and off-island Realtors will be able to list their Cuban real estate,
Cuban homes for sale, Cuban land for sale, Cuban condos for sale or rent along with Cuban vacation
If you are looking for lodging in Cuban hotels or casa particular (Cuban private homes) rentals,
please visit our Cuba casas sister site.
Since all Cuban land is owned or at least controlled by the Cuban government, this listing service
is not a viable business model until the Cuban government allows for private property ownership.
Will private property ownership in Cuba happen?
The Cuban government has passed laws to allow for 99 year leases on Cuban land so non-US based companies have begun to develop golf course resorts and marinas in Cuba that will offer hundreds of villas and condo
units for sale in Cuba.
It is important to note that NO groundbreaking on Cuban land has started (article from November 2010) and STILL
there are no Cuban golf course development projects started yet in Cuba.
It is unclean if this real estate development project in Cuba is still taking investors'
Way back in 2005, our sister site the Havana Journal posted an article "How to invest in Cuban real estate - wait" and it generated 90 comments from readers.
Update early 2013
A new realty group called Point 2 Cuba has been created in Havana and now has many listings of homes for sale in Cuba and the real
estate market in Cuba is growing.
There is a good summary of Cuban property rights here.
An interesting Cuban real estate site called Behind the Facade in Spanish has hundreds of
homes for sale in Cuba.
From November 2011 - The Havana Journal has posted this article, Cuba real
estate purchase and sales now allowed in Cuba by PAUL HAVEN of the Associated Press and there have been
many updates posted to the original article...
Cuba announced Thursday it will allow real estate to be bought and sold for the first time since
the early days of the revolution, the most important reform yet in a series of free-market changes under President
The law, which takes effect Nov. 10, applies to citizens living in Cuba and permanent residents
only, according to a red-letter headline on the front page of Thursday’s Communist Party daily Granma and details
published in the government’s Official Gazette.
The law limits Cubans to owning one home in the city and another in the country, an effort to
prevent the accumulation of large real estate holdings. It requires that all real estate transactions be made
through Cuban bank accounts so that they can be better regulated, and says the transactions will be subject to bank
Real Estate Swaps in Cuba
Cubans are allowed to "swap" their houses and apartments through a very complicated listing and
closing process. No money is supposed to change hands.
As of a recent posting at the official Cuban government website for real estate swaps, the
Bolsa de Permutas or Swap Exchange, there are thousands of houses and apartments listed for
swap in Cuba.
The Bolsa de Permutas is a Cuban government owned and operated website designed for Cuban
citizens in conjunction with the Instituto Nacional de la Vivienda or National Housing Institute.
A typical listing may look like this:
Offers for swap: Apartment
Construction is masonry and in good condition
Third floor with dining room, two bedrooms and one bathroom, no garage
Natural gas from street, has balcony and patio
Located in Havana at Plaza de la Revolución
Seeking three bedroom house outside of Havana city.
The unofficial, independently owned and operated Se Permuta website is the most active
Cuba house and apartment swap site in Cuba but "house agents" are the real Cuba real estate agents.
So, it's not the Cuban government making real estate development and investing in Cuba, the US
Embargo would have to be lifted by a vote in the US Congress in order to let Americans buy
Cuban real estate.
In the mean time, see what you are missing in this video of the Malecon seawall in Havana or you
can search the Havana Journal for Cuba real estate news.
If you need to do a title search, would like to find out about seized Cuban property
claim or have other legal issues, we offer a Cuba legal referral service that helps match people to attorneys
with experience in your area of interest. We can also help you find an OFAC or Cuban law attorney.
Cuba Real Estate News
By Graham Norwood | Financial Times
You learn a lot about modern Cuba by driving the scenic Via Blanca highway between Havana and the
north coast resort of Varadero.
My trip one late May afternoon starts on the wave-lashed Malecón, a 7km boulevard separating the
capital – both its restored colonial quarter and its communist-designed tower blocks – from the Florida
Moving on from the sometimes dilapidated nearby suburbs into the outer ones, each junction is lined
with workers and school children sweating in the 35ºC heat, trying to hitch-hike home to their villages.
Soon, the coast road changes from motorway to pot-holed track and back again, ensuring the 140km
trip takes a full two hours. But it’s worth it: an occasional industrial plant, village or roadside bar, a few
small oil wells, then mostly blue water on one side, lush green countryside and distant mountains on the other, and
many fine, empty sandy beaches.
Entering Varadero, modernity immediately takes over.