Does it pay to become a Florida resident when buying a home?

Yes, it could be worthwhile (assuming the home is your primary residence) you can qualify for a "homestead exemption" allowable by state law. This will reduce your property taxes considerably. In addition, Florida is one of few states which protects your primary residence from being seized in bankruptcy proceedings. In the event that you must declare bankruptcy Florida law prevents your home from being seized as an asset, thus putting you in danger of losing it.