Investments in Inland American REITs have backfired for investors throughout the country. In many instances, these products – including the Inland American Real Estate Trust and Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust – were pitched by broker/dealers as a low-risk, conservative investment. In reality, however, investors were putting their money into non-traded REITs, and the qualities that define these REITs are anything but conservative.
Non-traded REITs (or unlisted REITs) are not listed on a stock exchange. Redemptions in them are limited at best. Perhaps the biggest downside to non-traded REITs is their fees, which in some cases can be upwards of 15%.
Many investors were woefully unaware of the high fees associated with their non-traded REITs – until it was too late. And for some broker/dealers, that’s just what they had in mind when they pitched these products to their conservative clients.
Maddox Hargett & Caruso is investigating a number of non-traded REITs, including the Inland American Real Estate Trust and Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust. If you suffered investment losses in either of these REITs or another non-traded REIT, contact us to tell your story. A member of our securities fraud team will work with you to determine if some or all of your losses can be recovered.