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What is a Self-Managed Super Fund and What Are its Benefits For Residential Real Estate investment?

A Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) is a type of superannuation fund that is managed by its members. SMSFs can have up to six members and provide a range of investment options, including real estate.

In September 2007, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) passed an amendment to the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993. This amendment, under Section 67 (4A) of the act, allowed SMSFs to borrow money to acquire assets, including real estate. This change opened up new opportunities for SMSF investors to build real wealth through real estate investment.

SMSF is considered the most tax-efficient way to fund real estate investment in Australia. Superannuation investments are concessionally taxed at a rate of 15% on income and 10% on capital gains. Moreover, for individuals over 60, SMSF investment can even be tax-free.

The recent amendments to the SMSF regulations have allowed investors to access assets, such as real estate, which were previously inaccessible due to insufficient cash in the fund. As a result, SMSFs have become an attractive investment vehicle for those looking to invest in real estate.

Therefore, SMSFs provide a flexible and cost-effective way to manage and invest in retirement savings, including real estate. The ability to borrow money to acquire assets has made SMSFs an attractive option for investors looking to build long-term wealth through real estate investment.

Who Can Apply for a SMSF Loan, and What are the Requirements for SMSF Trustees to be Eligible?

A Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) loan is available to trustees who meet certain eligibility criteria. To comply with current regulations, SMSF trustees must meet specific documentation and net asset tests, including the proposed geared investment asset. All members of the SMSF must be in Accumulation Phase and not Pension Phase when the loan commences. However, some limited exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

SMSFs are a type of superannuation fund that enables members to participate in the management of their own investment portfolio in line with their fund’s authorised investment strategy. To be a complying SMSF for the purposes of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, the SMSF must first elect and receive approval to be a regulated superannuation fund and abide by the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SIS Act) on an ongoing basis.

In general, the SIS Act requires the following criteria to be met for a superannuation fund to be a SMSF (with a few exceptions):

  • The fund has up to a maximum of six members, all of which are individuals.
  • No member of the fund is an employee of another member of the fund, unless they are related.
  • Each eligible member is either an individual trustee or, in the case of a corporate trustee, a director of the trustee company.
  • No individual or corporate trustee or director of the trustee company receives any remuneration for their services as trustee or director.

Meeting these criteria is essential to be eligible for a SMSF loan. It’s important to note that the regulations around SMSF loans can be complex, so it’s crucial to seek professional advice from a credit adviser or mortgage broker who specializes in SMSF loans.

What Are the Structural Features of SMSF for a Loan?

When it comes to borrowing for investments, there are certain structural features of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) that must be considered. The SMSF trustee must have the authority to borrow under the SMSF trust deed. Additionally, a separate entity is needed to hold the property title on trust for the SMSF. A trust arrangement deed is also necessary to outline the roles and duties for any future asset acquisitions.

SMSFs can choose to purchase different types of properties, including:

  • Residential,
  • Commercial, and
  • Rural properties.

However, if purchasing residential property, the seller or vendor must be an unrelated party. Once the SMSF has made one or more payments, it has the beneficial right to the property. The title transfer is available on full loan repayment.

It’s important to note that the SMSF must be able to service the loan from its own income sources, and any rents must be paid directly to the SMSF. In terms of day-to-day activities, the SMSF can deal with the property as it sees fit, such as leasing, repairing, and selling.

What Are the Guidelines for SMSF Property Acquisition?

When considering property acquisition by a SMSF, it is important to follow specific guidelines to ensure compliance with regulations. A SMSF can acquire property either from the open market or related parties, with fewer restrictions when purchased from the market. However, if the purchase is made from a related party such as a member, trustee or relative, it must be an arm’s length transaction, and all transaction records must be maintained by the fund.

It is essential for SMSF trustees to ensure that the purchase is made in accordance with the fund’s investment strategy and all relevant legislation. Failure to do so can result in additional stamp duty, breaches of legislation, and loss of deposit if the purchase cannot be completed.

It is recommended that SMSF trustees seek professional financial advice in relation to the funds overall investment strategy with experience in SMSF property acquisition to ensure compliance with regulations and avoid potential pitfalls.

What Are the Rules Regarding Occupying SMSF-Owned Property?

The rules regarding occupying SMSF-owned property depend on the type of property.

Commercial Property:

If the property is commercial, a member of the SMSF or an investor can buy the asset and use it for their business.

Residential Property:

However, if the property is residential, a member of the SMSF cannot occupy it, as this would breach the “in-house asset rule” in the SIS Act.

It is possible for the SMSF to buy a property that the members intend to live in after retirement, but the property must be transferred to the individual member after retirement. It is important to note that the SMSF must comply with all relevant legislation and ensure that all records of the transaction are properly recorded and documents retained by the fund. If the property is not purchased correctly, the SMSF may incur additional stamp duty, breach legislation, or lose the deposit on the purchase if it is unable to complete the transaction.

Is Negative Gearing Possible in a SMSF?

Yes, negative gearing is possible in a SMSF. Negative gearing is a strategy where the cost of owning an investment property (such as mortgage interest, repairs, and maintenance) exceeds the income earned from the property (such as rent). The loss can then be claimed as a tax deduction, reducing the investor’s overall taxable income. In a SMSF, the tax rate on concessional and non-concessional incomes can be up to 15%, which means that any losses incurred through negative gearing can potentially be offset against other income within the SMSF. However, it is important to note that negative gearing should not be the sole reason for investing in property within a SMSF, and professional advice should be sought to ensure that the investment strategy aligns with the fund’s overall objectives and risk profile.

Can I Negative Gear A Property in a SMSF After Purchasing It?

No, it’s not possible to negative gear a property in an SMSF after purchasing it. The SMSF needs to be established and in place before purchasing the property, ideally at least a day before. Once the SMSF has committed to buying the property, it’s too late to set up the SMSF and take advantage of negative gearing. Therefore, it’s important to plan ahead and ensure that the SMSF is set up correctly before making any property purchases to maximize its benefits. Additionally, it’s crucial to seek professional advice and adhere to all relevant legislation and regulations to avoid any legal or financial consequences.

Can an SMSF Property Be Co-Owned with Other Parties?

Yes, it is possible for an SMSF property to be co-owned with other parties. However, the ownership structure in this case can only be as tenants in common, as joint tenancy is not permitted for SMSFs.

In a tenants in common arrangement, each party owns a specific percentage or share of the property. This allows for multiple parties to hold an interest in the property while maintaining control over their respective shares. It is important to note that all co-owners must comply with the relevant legislation and ensure that all records of the transaction are properly recorded and documents retained by the fund. Failure to comply may result in penalties and additional costs.

Can I Use Funds From my Offshore Super Fund to Purchase a Property in my SMSF in Australia?

If you have a super fund offshore, such as in the UK or the US, and you want to use the funds to purchase a property in your SMSF, you can do so. However, you must first set up a complying SMSF in Australia to ensure that you comply with all relevant legislation.

It is important to seek qualified financial and legal advice before using your offshore super fund to purchase an investment property in your SMSF. This will help ensure that the SMSF borrowings are appropriate for your financial situation and that you comply with all relevant legislation. Taking these steps will help you avoid any breaches of the SMSF legislation and ensure a smooth process for purchasing a property in your SMSF.

Streamline Your SMSF Loan Approval: Essential SMSF Documents

Equipping yourself with the right documentation is key to a smooth SMSF loan application process, including refinancing*.

Here’s a breakdown of some essential documents:

  • Financial Statements: Provide a clear picture of your SMSF’s financial health through personal and trust income financial statements.
  • SMSF Trust Deed: This document outlines the governing rules for your SMSF’s operation and is a mandatory requirement.
  • Property Contract (Purchase Only): If you’re purchasing a property with the loan, a copy of the contract is necessary.
  • Additional Legal Documents (if applicable): Depending on specific circumstances, additional legal documentation might be required.


Beyond these core documents, specific requirements may vary by lender.

To ensure a seamless application process, let us help assist your loan submission. We can guide you to provide the exact documents needed and answer any questions you may have. This proactive approach can prevent delays and keep your application moving forward efficiently.

*For more information on refinancing your existing SMSF loan, visit our dedicated webpage.

SMSF Loan Structure only for Investment Purposes.

SMSF for Residential And Commercial Securities.

SMSF Residential upto 80% and Commercial upto 70%.

Since 2007

Please Note:

Neomoney is a licensed credit adviser who can help find the right SMSF borrowing to suit your investment strategy from the various SMSF lenders on our lending panel.

An SMSF requires investment strategy, planning and advice. Neomoney recommends you seek Financial Planning and Legal Advice. For these customers that require advice, we will recommend a few professional firms that work in conjunction with Neomoney to put the right Investment Strategy and SMSF plan in place to make this experience less complicated. This information is intended to convey general information only in relation to its subject matter. It is not intended nor should it be treated as legal advice by the reader. Any specific questions or issues should be directed to your accountant or qualified legal practitioner. We do not provide advice in relation to superannuation matters, or instalment warrants. We do not provide legal, accounting, taxation, superannuation or investment advice or advice regarding stamp duty or other state or territory taxes nor in respect of any other matter.

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