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California Securities Lawyers Bakhtiari & Harrison: REIT Investor Loss Recovery

At Bakhtiari & Harrison, we are dedicated to safeguarding the interests of investors, particularly senior citizens who require capital preservation and liquidity. Recently, we have initiated investigations into several non-traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) due to significant redemption issues and potential misrepresentations by brokerage firms. These REITs include:

  • Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT)
  • Starwood Real Estate Income Trust
  • Hines Global Income Trust
  • InPoint Commercial Real Estate Income

Timeline of Redemption and Distribution Issues

Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT)

  • 2022: BREIT faced redemption requests totaling $9.9 billion, representing 15.2% of its total NAV. These requests often exceeded the monthly and quarterly caps on redemptions, typically set at 2% of NAV per month and 5% per quarter.
  • 2023: Despite significant redemptions, BREIT managed its portfolio but frequently hit its redemption limits, causing investor concerns about liquidity.

Starwood Real Estate Income Trust

  • 2022: Similar to BREIT, Starwood faced substantial redemption requests, frequently hitting its quarterly redemption caps.
  • 2023: The trust continued to experience high levels of redemption requests, maintaining tight control over liquidity to manage investor withdrawals effectively.

Hines Global Income Trust

  • 2022: Hines Global Income Trust saw $47 million in redemption requests, amounting to 2.1% of its NAV. The trust imposed limits on redemptions to preserve capital for all investors.
  • 2023: Redemption pressures remained high, with the trust carefully managing its liquidity and investor communications to navigate challenging market conditions.

InPoint Commercial Real Estate Income

  • 2023: InPoint recorded an annualized negative return of 7.53% in the second quarter, reflecting broader market challenges. The trust faced increasing redemption requests, which strained its liquidity.

Concerns Over Due Diligence and Misrepresentation

Our investigations aim to determine whether proper due diligence was conducted by the brokerage firms selling these REITs. There are growing concerns that brokers may have misrepresented the safety and liquidity of these investments, particularly to senior citizens. These REITs were often marketed as secure, income-generating investments suitable for conservative investors seeking capital preservation.

Impact on Senior Citizens

Senior citizens were particularly targeted with these investment products. Many were led to believe that these non-traded REITs were safe investments that would provide steady income with the flexibility to access their capital as needed. However, the reality has proven different. Restrictions on redemptions and declining asset values have left many investors unable to access their funds when needed, jeopardizing their financial stability.

Regulatory Framework

Under Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules, brokerage firms have a duty to conduct thorough due diligence and ensure that their recommendations are suitable for their clients’ investment profiles. According to FINRA Notice to Members 03-71, firms must have a reasonable basis for believing that a recommended investment is suitable for at least some investors based on a thorough understanding of the product.

What We Are Investigating

  • Due Diligence: Whether brokerage firms conducted proper due diligence before recommending these REITs to investors.
  • Misrepresentation: Instances where brokers may have provided misleading information about the safety, liquidity, and performance of these investments.
  • Impact on Investors: The extent to which these misrepresentations have affected investors, particularly those requiring liquidity and capital preservation.

Your Rights and Next Steps

If you believe you have been misled about the safety and liquidity of these non-traded REITs, or if you have experienced difficulties in redeeming your investments, you may have a case for recovering your losses. At Bakhtiari & Harrison, we are committed to holding brokerage firms accountable for failing to meet their regulatory obligations and protecting the rights of investors.

For more information or to discuss your situation, please contact us at Bakhtiari & Harrison. We are here to help you navigate your legal options and pursue the justice you deserve.