Investors in certain REITs based in Las Vegas may have arbitration claims against brokers or financial advisors if a FINRA-registered broker dealer that recommended the investment did not live up to its obligations under applicable rules. As members and associated persons of FINRA, brokerage firms and their financial advisors must ensure that adequate due diligence is performed on any investment that is recommended to investors. Further, firms and their brokers must ensure that investors are informed of the risks associated with an investment, and must conduct a suitability analysis to determine if an investment meets an investor’s stated investment objectives and risk profile. Either an unsuitable recommendation to purchase an investment or a misrepresentation concerning the nature and characteristics of the investment may give rise to a claim against a stockbroker or financial advisor.
Vestin Realty Mortgage I (Previously Vestin Fund I and DM Mortgage Investors)
Vestin Realty Mortgage I (VRM I) was formerly known as DM Mortgage Investors. On March 17, 2000, DM Mortgage Investors registered up to 100,000,000 shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at $1 per share. This registration was later amended to cover the issuance of up to 10,000,000 shares at $10 per share. On June 29, 2001, DM Mortgage Investors changed its name to Vestin Fund I, and later changed its name to Vestin Realty Mortgage I (VRM I) and began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market on June 1, 2006. In March 2012, VRM I ceased being a REIT, but continued trading on the Nasdaq.