Australians have an enduring love affair with property, for its long-term capital gains with steadily increasing rental income along the way. When you add the tax benefits of super, investing in property inside your self-managed fund is a no-brainer.
So when SMSFs were given the green light to gear into property back in 2007, investors went for it. By March 2013*, 17% of SMSFs were using a borrowing arrangement and 80% of those loans were for property. It’s not hard to see why.