It has become extremely popular to purchase an investment property through a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) however, this is not a strategy for all occasions. Personally, I feel this strategy is being overused at the moment. Professionals such as financial advisors, accountants and property developers are all incentivised to recommend this approach because it is more lucrative for us.
Buying an investment property in general is a sound investment. In most cases, housing is a limited resource and demand is likely to continue to increase. Most people are comfortable with the risks associated with property and usually behave rationally when making investment decisions with property. The gearing benefit is attractive and features of our tax system (negative gearing deductions & capital gains discount) result in tax advantages.