SEC Issues Investor Bulletin on Non-Traded REITs

On August 31, 2015, the SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued a
bulletin
to educate investors about the risks of non-traded REITs. The bulletin noted many of
the downsides associated with non-traded REIT’s for small investors, including the following: 

  • Lack of liquidity/inability to be readily sold in the marketplace at a favorable
    price.
  • High fees – As high as 15% of the offering price.
  • Distributions coming from principal – Not actual income earned by the underlying
    properties.
  • Lack of share value transparency – No market price readily available and inability
    to assess the value or performance for significant time periods.
  • Conflicts of interest – High transaction fees paid to external managers also having
    interests contrary to those of shareholders, including fees and income based on the value of
    property acquisitions and assets under management. Additionally, external managers may be affiliated
    with competing companies.

We offer free initial consultation to investors who feel they may have
been victimized with the inappropriate sale of a REIT investment.  For a free initial
consultation, please contact the Law Offices of Timothy J. O’Connor at (518) 426-7700.

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