Australian superannuation funds struggle to find quality real estate



Staff member
The Australian government is being prompted to look at the commission rates offered to Australian superannuation funds in exchange for real estate investment. There are concerns that some of these generous commissions could be influencing investment managers more than normal and thereby leading to some potentially substandard real estate investments.

There are even rumours of various superannuation funds across Australia being left with entire real estate investment projects some of which have fallen in value.


New Member
I've been the mortgage broker on several SMSF deals, and the planners I work with have not charged a commission. We put the infrastructure in place and explain the rules, but they chose their own properties from the open market.

No doubt some planners sell off the plan or new developments and make large (often undisclosed commissions),but this is not limited to SMSF purchases. The problem is related to all property promoted by financial planners...