A managed investment scheme (MIS) in Australia, when talking in terms of commercial real estate investment, is where multiple investors pool their money together to purchase a larger property asset than they otherwise would be able to on their own.

Ownership of the property is shared among the investors in the investment scheme, and so are the returns (and outgoings) that are generated from the property investment.

By its nature, a managed investment scheme is overseen by a manager, typically a Pty Ltd business (or public company). This manager will make the major decisions related to the property purchase, the management of the asset, and even its investment.

A direct property fund is a managed investment scheme. You’ll want to ensure, before placing your money with such a fund, that the manager of the fund is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). This means they hold an Australian Financial Services License (AFSL) and comply with the stringent conditions laid out by ASIC in operating a compliant investment business.

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