How must I sell the house? ========basically, If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may be able to exclude up to $250k of the gain from your income ($500k on a joint return in most cases).If you can exclude all of the gain, you do not need to report the sale on your tax return:but, If you have gain that cannot be excluded, it is taxable. You need to report it on Sch D Form 1040 .your long term capital gain tax rate is 0 %aslongas your tax rate is 25%or lower or 15% if your rate is higher than 25%
In general, to qualify for the Section 121 exclusion, you must meet both the ownership test and the use test. You're eligible for the exclusion if you have owned and used your home as your main home for a period aggregating at least two years out of the five years prior to its date of sale.Unmarried individuals can exclude up to $250k in profit from the sale of their main home. You can exclude $500kif you're married: You must have lived in the home for a minimum of 2 out of the last 5 years immediately preceding the date of the sale. since you do not qualify the conditions,
Is this a regular sale with capital gains tax consequences?=========correct.as mentioned above.as you said, you intend to sell within the next 6 months, or possibly sooner (perhaps before Jan. 1, 2019), no choice or you.so you must pay capital gain tax on the gain.
Do I have to sell it as an investment property?============to sell as an investment pty, you need to rent it out by converting it into investment pty.when you sell it as investment pty, all of your profits are subject to either capital gains tax or sec 1250 depreciation recapture tax taxed t 25% as regular inncome.
If you sold your home under a contract that provides for all or part of the selling price to be paid in a later year, you made an installment sale. If you have an installment sale, report the sale under the installment method unless you elect out. Even if you use the installment method to defer some of the gain, the exclusion of gain under Section 121 remains available