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Hey A, Whatever you're paying rent could go towards a mortgage wherever you're living right now. Also, how would you maintain a home so far away? You may want to consider purchasing something here in NY, even though the prices are high, even something like a coop, paying it off for several years, and then taking the equity you just built up to buy something in Florida with more money to work with. If you plan on staying here for more than let's say 5 years, that may be the way to go. Paying rent is like opening the window and throwing your money away plus you don't receive any tax benefits from renting. Let's take this scenario for example: let's say you're paying $2000 a month rent here in New York and you stay here for 5 more years. That's $24,000 a year in the toilet or $120,000 over 5 years! If you're not itemizing on your taxes right now, that could be another $25,000 of losses in income tax returns! I would recommend you find out how much you qualify for now, find a bargain here, hold it for 5 years, get sick of the winters here in a few years and then say thanks Ralph.
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