Investments in Australian real estate can be made either through the direct acquisition of real estate, or, indirectly, by acquiring ownership of a corporate or trust structure that holds real estate.

The choice of acquisition structure (e.g. direct or indirect) and investment vehicle is a key part of structuring a proposed transaction and will be influenced by a number of factors, including legal, accounting and tax considerations.

A snapshot of the types of structures and vehicles available to investors, together with certain regulatory considerations, is set out below.

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It is crucial to appropriately structure an investment to ensure that adverse or unintended legal, accounting or tax consequences do not arise.