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Business premises going into SMSFs

06 October 2013 | Staff reporter

BusinessPropertySMSFs may soon be challenging the family trust as the best way to minimise tax and protect business assets, according to some advisers. The tax benefits are attracting many small business owners to use SMSFs to keep their rental costs under control and retain control of their enterprises.

SMSFs may be worst option to borrow for property

04 October 2013 | Staff reporter

Property Buying property in your super fund may sound attractive, but how effective is it really? Research into the tax implications suggests that it can be a poor option. Everything depends on the price at which the property is purchased.

Beware property sharks

01 October 2013 | PSI

Property SharkThere are increasing signs that property spruikers are targeting SMSF investors to sell houses. This represents some danger for the sector. Sticking to investment fundamentals, especially net rental yield, is paramount if problems are to be avoided.

SMSFs not to blame for higher property prices

26 September 2013 |

BlameA closer examination of the evidence suggests that SMSFs are being scapegoated over recent property price rises. In fact, the investments by SMSFs have been modest. Moreover, the recent increase in prices is mainly a recovery after the effects of the GFC, according to one economist.

Australians' love affair with property

26 September 2013 |

Love PropertyAustralians rate property as as safe as cash. That is a brave call when house prices plummeted in many parts of the world after the GFC. But Australia's experience has been quite different and now SMSF investors are eyeing off houses, which is causing the Reserve Bank to worry.

Investors flood into the property market

25 September 2013 | Broker reports editor

InvestorsRushToPropertyMuch of the current house price boom is being driven by investors looking for ways to increase yield. So while housing remains out of reach for many owner occupiers, investors are hunting around. It is a dangerous sign for super investors.

Sydney house prices set to surge

25 September 2013 | Staff reporter

SydneyA report on Australia's housing market predicts that lower interest rates will start feeding into a strong house price recovery. Sydney is expected to be the city that records the strongest growth with other states getting more modest gains.

Property's two looming dangers

23 September 2013 | PSI

RisksAustralian property prices benefited from a mortgage boom then a mining boom. As these end, there are hidden risks.

IMF sounds alarm on property

23 September 2013 | Staff reporter

AlarmEven the International Monetary Fund is worried about Australian property prices. It will be sending a team of economists to Australia to examine it further.

Do we have too many big homes?

22 September 2013 | Staff reporter

PropertyBoomThe population is ageing and living in big homes. It is a sign that there may be problems in the property market, but that is not impeding auction results.

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