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If you are an investor buying and selling real estate than the passive loss rules will not apply to you. You will deduct the loss from the real estate as a capital loss on Sch D. If you held the investment for more than a year than the loss is long term capital loss.
If your capital losses exceed your capital gains, the amount of the excess loss that can be claimed against your other income is limited to $3,000, or $1,500 if you are married filing separately. If your net capital loss is more than this limit, you can carry the loss forward to later years.
Sec 469 (C)(7) applies to you if you are in real estate business. the term ''real propertytrade or business'' means any real property development,redevelopment, construction, reconstruction, acquisition,conversion, rental, operation, management, leasing, or brokerage trade or business.
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I KNEW ABOUT THE $3000 DEDUCTION. MY QUESTION WAS MORE SPECIFIC. IS THERE A LAW OR STATUTE THAT WOULD ALLOW ME TO DABBLE IN REAL ESTATE SO THAT I FIT INTO "ACQUUISITION- RENTAL-MANAGEMENT"I WAS TOLD THAT THE GUIDLINE WAS SPENDING 500 HOURS AT IT?
The guide of 500 hours was more specific to proving that you are actively involved in the activity. When you are actively involved in a passive activity (in this case you are not renting the estate but buying & selling and hence the activity is not passive) you can claim losses incurred subject to the passive loss limitation.
For claiming investment loss you do not need to meet this criterion.
Here is a link to what is considered passive activity:
The only way you can get around this is to convert your investment property to rental property and rent it for a reasonable period of time. Once it is a rental property you can take a loss write off on disposition of such property.
What is reasonable period is not defined under the law. Based on case laws and judgements - renting the property for atleast 8-12 months can be considered reasonable.