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Miami

Miami is already an expensive city. Though the city’s housing market has cooled a bit this year, it remains the least affordable housing market in the U.S., according to RealtyHop.

Though many seniors flock to Florida for the sun and lack of state income tax, one thing they may be forgetting about is the high insurance rates. Some Floridians are asked to pay staggering home insurance rates compared to the rest of the country. This has been attributed to the frequency of natural disasters that hit the state.

Florida may seem like a comfortable place to retire, but its insurance and housing prices can be costly.

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New York

Though 1 in 20 residents left the Big Apple during the pandemic to escape the high prices, New York remains the fourth least affordable housing market in the country, according to RealtyHop.

The median home price has increased to $825,000, the listing search engine says, as buyers now need to spend over $4,200 in monthly payments to own a home.

It doesn’t help that some of the city’s richest residents are contributing to the housing crunch.

Wealthy New York homeowners have been converting multi-family row houses into one- or two-family homes, cutting down on the amount of space available. Approximately 50,000 of these homes have gone through this conversion since 1950, according to an analysis of building records published by Columbia University, translating to an estimated loss of 100,000 units.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second least affordable housing market in the U.S., two rankings higher than New York City but still a notch below Miami, according to RealtyHop.

L.A.’s real estate market is so bad that even the ultra-rich are struggling to offload their mansions — which of course are out of most everyone else’s price range.

A big reason why L.A. and California housing might be so expensive is investors. According to an analysis by Stateline, in 2021, investors purchased 29% of single-family homes sold in California.

The problem with investor-owned residential properties is that they’re profit-motivated. Investors are primarily focused on getting back a return on their investment, which can drive up rent prices. Many older Americans on low fixed incomes may be left in the dust as a result.

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Sabina Wex is a writer and podcast producer in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Fast Company, CBC and more.

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