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The time between Jan 2009 and whenever you back in would be unqualified time, and reduce the amount of the exclusion.

I believe it doesn't reduce the amount of the exclusion, it tells you what portion of the gain is taxable.

For Goofy, let's say he moved back in on Jan 1 2015, then lived there for 2 more years before selling. Without going back to look, I'll guess that makes for 35 years of total ownership. The time from Jan 2009 through Dec 2014 is unqualified use. That's 6 years of non-qualified use. So 6/35 of the total gain would be taxable. The rest would be eligible for the $250k/$500k exclusion.

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