Investors turned to the Behringer Harvard REIT for safe investing, but are now stuck holding essentially worthless positions.
In an attempt to avoid the risk of investing in the stock market, some investors chose real estate investment trusts (REITs). REITs are specialized entities that own or manage income-producing real estate. They are established to avoid corporate taxes, allowing pass-through taxation to the investors.
Financial advisors have recommended people invest a substantial portion of their nest egg in REITs, representing them as safe and conservative investments for retirement. The advisors may not disclose the REITs underlying financial condition and the risks of the investment becoming illiquid. One such example is the Behringer Harvard REIT I. This REIT never made any money and is now completely illiquid, thereby preventing investors from selling their positions. The REIT was sold to inexperienced and conservative investors, who are now stuck holding essentially worthless positions.
Failure to disclose these and other potential risks to investors could be violation of Securities laws and could also lead to a host of other viable legal claims, such as breach of fiduciary duty.
If you have suffered investment losses from REITs, contact us to tell us your story. We want to counsel you on your options.