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Behringer Harvard, Other Non-Traded REITs Warrant Closer Look By FINRA

Behringer Harvard REIT I, Inland America Real Estate Trust, Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Wells Real Estate Investment Trust II and Piedmont Office Realty Trust are non-traded real estate investment trusts, or REITs – an industry that has garnered new interest from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

As reported May 28 by Investment News, FINRA is paying close attention to non-traded REITs and, in particular, the ways in which broker/dealers marketed and sold the products to investors.

Non-traded REITs are considered illiquid investments because they do not trade on a stock exchange. The majority of non-traded REITs have a specific time frame that outlines when investors can redeem their REIT shares. Non-traded REITs also come with high commissions and fees, a fact that may lead some broker/dealers to misrepresent the products for personal profit.

The market for non-traded REITs experienced an especially tumultuous year in 2009. Many of the largest non-traded REITs either slashed dividends to investors, shut down redemption programs or both.

In March 2009, for instance, the Behringer Harvard REIT I suspended shareholder redemption requests. A short time later, it announced plans to slash annualized dividends from 6.5% to 3.25%, based on an original share purchase price of $10.  The Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT I also halted its shareholder redemptions.

Maddox Hargett & Caruso is investigating sales of non-traded REITs on behalf of investors. If you believe your broker/dealer or financial adviser misrepresented the facts concerning non-traded REITs, please Contact Us.

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