Cuba’s new property law could mean big changes for the country

November 18, 2011

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A housekeeper cooks at the Havana home of the Duran family. The four-bedroom home was recently put on the market for $200,000.

A law passed earlier this month allows Cubans to buy and sell property.  For the first time in 50 years, people can legally put their home up for sale.  It’s the latest in a series of market reforms approved by President Raul Castro.

Achy Obejas is a Chicago-based writer who blogs for WBEZ. Born in Havana, Achy discusses the significance of the Cuban government's major policy shift.