Welcome to SePermuta.com !
This Web site is aimed at helping Cubans share information about home
exchanges (homes for swap), a practice known in Cuba as permutas.
This is actually an alternative real estate Web site, specially
designed for use in Cuba. It does not include ads about homes for sale
as this activity is not permitted in Cuba. Instead, we provide means for
Cubans to publish specific information about the house they offer, as
well as details about the house they are seeking. This is how it works
in Cuba if you are interested in changing your neighborhood, if you are
divorcing, or giving up your share of a property when you and a relative
are legal co-owners.
In these situations, Cubans can exchange their home (or share
thereof) with another Cuban. No money should be accepted from any of the
parties involved. When there are obvious differences in aesthetic
quality, Cubans generally agree on making repairs or whatever is needed
to comply with the requirements of the other party.
Rosita Fornés. www.SePermuta.com
Strict government regulations stipulate that the homes exchanged must be
considered of "equal value", otherwise the exchange will not be valid
and hence not approved by the Instituto de la Vivienda. Although this
term "equal value" is relative, the complex permutas system even allows
Cubans to offer one home and get two apartments in return, or vice
Here at SePermuta.com, we allow Cubans to freely publish their permutas
online, allowing them to even add photos of their homes. Considering the
transportation problems, this greatly helps Cubans in their search by
offering a preview of the available homes, thereby minimizing the chance
of travelling to see properties that do not meet expectations.
Our Web site went online in June 2004 and since then, more than
38000 permutas have been published here.
Before that, Cubans had no effective
means to find that information. This can turn out to be very complex
because when Cubans need to exchange their homes, they have to: (1)
learn what is available on the exchange market; (2) find out who is
offering a home like the one they seek; and (3) discover whether or not
their home is of the type that the other party is expecting. Although
the transaction is essentially a straight exchange, the process itself
can be very complex due to the large amount of requirements involved,
most of which (if not all) must be matched (number of bedrooms, type of
home, location, garage, construction year and type... you name it!). For
this reason, it ends up being extremely difficult and almost improbable
for two people to meet without a Web site like ours. This is what makes
our SePermuta Web site a special contact point for Cubans willing to
exchange their homes.
Our forms for both publishing and searching permutas are designed in
deep detail, allowing Cubans to add all the significant information that
will be used later to filter the results in the searches.
For searching we have both the
Directory and the
Advanced search Form.
The Directory lets you navigate through provinces, municipalities and
neighborhoods to simply take note of the permutas published there.
The filtering in the
very broad. For a more specific search, you must use the
Advanced search Form instead.
There are actually other ways
to post a permuta ad in Cuba: (1) in a small segment of 5 minutes
in a daily TV program (Hola Habana); and (2) on
several radio stations. Besides that, there is also a public place in
Havana's park of "El Prado"
where Cubans gather each day (specially
every Saturday morning) and try to meet other people offering homes
whereby the requirements of both parties match. Either way, would you
limit your exposure to radio announcements or a brief mention on TV
twice a week? No way! The Internet is here to do that job for us 24/7!
The term "Se Permuta" is well known in Cuba to mean "home for swap".
This is just like the Spanish term in Spanish "Se Vende", meaning
"For Sale". As you can see in our photo gallery,
"Se Permuta" are the two words that most Cubans use when they
decide to hang a sign in front of their houses, to let others know that
their property is available for swap.
Our Web site SePermuta.com has become very popular among Cubans and in
their comments and
(sorry, only available in Spanish), they
tend to be very thankful and surprised to find a free service in the
Internet in today´s Cuba.
Webmaster of SePermuta.com
If you have a Cuban friend who is interested in our service, you should
recommend that he/she visit our site.
You could even publish the
permuta on his/her behalf and use your friend´s contact information
(phone, home address or e-mail in Havana) so they can be contacted
directly by other Cubans who might be interested in their permuta ad.
If you have any question regarding permutas in Cuba, feel free to
Additional information about permutas in Cuba can be found in
this article by
David C. Adams
from the St. Petersburb Times, at www.TampaBay.com
English version provided by:
Mr. Neil Kelly
Creative Edge Communications