Off to Cuba where no one is worried about the housing market

Real Estate Sales Representative with Bienvenidos Real Estate BCREL# 107678

Having a restOrlando pumpng water at farm in CubaFarm school house with solar power for 3 kidsEvery Every year, about this time of year, we go to Cuba for a visit and a holiday. My in-laws live in Cuba and this is the annual ritual to visit, socialize, laugh, share some of our good fortune and blessings with a truly great group of ordinary people. It has been particularly hard in Cuba this year, with the hurricane season dealing them a double whammy. Most of the crops were lost, creating severe shortages in foodstuffs. Even if you have money, it is very difficult to find anything in the stores. With the advent of the US thanksgiving coming on, I would  ask that you think about your neighbours in Cuba. The majority who just try to eke out a living in any way they can and pressure your congresssman to bring about change in policy towards Cuba. What an unbelievable situation we have there with both Russia looking to create new post Soviet ties and the Chinese already having a strong foothold with trade and influence. The last thing most Cubans are preoccupied with is the financial meltdown and the housing crisis in the first world when one has to wonder what the family is going to eat. The Cubans are an industrious, well-educated, warm group of people who deserve better and its high time the petty, childish, he took my toy attitude comes to an end.

Comments (6)

James G. Pycha
James Pycha (R) - REMAX KAUAI - Princeville, HI
(R), REMAX Kauai Broker

Hi Mike . . ..  thanks for the piece on Cuba . . .



Oct 26, 2008 12:14 PM
Mark Watterson
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Real Estate

We are so blessed in the USA and I wish we could focus more on the positive. 

Thank you for reminder


Oct 26, 2008 12:31 PM
Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
International Financing Solutions

Hey Michael,

What part of the island do you vacation in? I'm sure Cuba is a beautiful island to visit, like many islands in the Carribean.

Sean Allen

Oct 26, 2008 12:35 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Michael,

Interesting information, especially about the Chinese. That's new (yet not unexpected) to me. I've been to China myself twice, they seem to be strengthening their position globally. 

I've also seen so many successful Cubans myself in So. FL and other areas. Hard working, industrious folks imho. Cuba is a place I'd love to see for myself someday soon. So I'm a little curious about your travel, I'll be in Key West in about 10 days.  I've heard a few different scenarios, what's allowed and what's not.  Care to share?

Oct 26, 2008 12:41 PM
Michael Murphy
Bienvenidos Real Estate - Parksville, BC

Hi Sean, my in-laws live in a provincial town called Camajuani, Villa Clara 20 minutes from where the revolution was actually fought and virtually won in the city of Santa Clara by Castro's forces against the Batista regime. The museum of Che Guevara is located there and it is on the tourist route of a fairly substantial tourist trade, that Cuba relys on for its economic wellbeing. We spend time there close to family  and also in Varadero for R&R which is one of the main tourist areas with 5 star hotels and a golf course. Up until last year, Cubans were not permitted to enter these hotels other than as workers. That law was finally changed although the majority will still never get to see and enjoy the inside due the costs involved though they now have the right to enter. We usually try to take in a major league calibre baseball game, which costs the equivalent of a nickel(many  teams could give the world series winners a run for their money) and there are very colorful rivalries between opposing teams which are a sight to behold in themselves. It truly is a unique place that unfortunately most Americans will never get to see. Maybe one day soon!

Oct 26, 2008 02:56 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Interesting post Michael. Like Lynda, I was unaware of the Chinese presence in Cuba. Thank you for reminding us of how fortunate we are in this country, despite all of our problems. Have a wonderful holiday with your family! Will you post some photos upon your return?

Oct 26, 2008 06:08 PM