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I can understand this being an issue if the homes were in different states (say one with a state income tax and one without.) But what's the issue if they're both in the same state? Could you give an example of some of the benefits of claiming the newer home as the primary residence?

Exclusion of capital gains on sale of primary residence no longer applies to second homes. Also should we choose to AirBnB our city home, it has to be our primary.

not considering renting at this time, but it is a great short term rental market should we ever feel the need to do so
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