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In November, 2011, the government decreed Cubans could buy and sell homes for the first time since the early days of the revolution, paving the way for an exercise in bare-knuckled capitalism.

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A child stands at the door of a farm with a ‘For Sale’ notice on the outskirts of Havana March 19, 2013. Cubans can now buy and sell homes, instead of merely swapping them.

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A woman stands at the entrance of her home on sale for $5,000, in Havana’s Vedado area. The city’s real estate market has become an exercise in bare-knuckled capitalism.

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A man rides on the back of a truck carrying furniture on El Malecon seafront boulevard as a family moves house.

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A woman takes a picture of a colonial-style house in Havana. The city was once considered an architectural jewel with an eclectic mix of colonial homes and modern Art Deco construction, but much of the city outside the touristy Old Havana district is in a dilapidated state after decades of neglect and corrosion from humidity and salty sea air.

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Women walk along the entrance of their colonial-style houses on El Malecon boulevard, a prime real estate area in Havana.

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A man stands on the balcony of his Soviet-era apartment in Havana.

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Tourists ride in a convertible next to a building undergoing renovation on El Malecon boulevard.

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Pedestrians pass a house in Havana’s Miramar, a prime real estate area.

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A woman looks out from the balcony of her apartment in a colonial-style house in Havana.

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Laundry hangs from the second floor of a colonial-style house in Havana.

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A woman stands at the entrance of her home, on sale for $5,000 (U.S.), in Havana’s Vedado area.

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A woman cleans inside her home, on sale for $5,000.

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Tourists walk beside a building undergoing renovation beside colonial-style houses on Havana’s El Malecon seafront boulevard.

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A man walks along El Malecon boulevard.

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A woman stands with her child on the balcony of her apartment in Havana.

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A car is driven past colonial-style houses on El Malecon boulevard.

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