Investors in Lightstone Value Plus REIT IV, Inc. (sometimes referred to below as “Lightstone IV””) may have FINRA arbitration claims, if their investment was recommended by a financial advisor who lacked a reasonable basis for the recommendation, or if the nature of the investment was misrepresented by the stockbroker or advisor.
Lightstone IV, formerly known as Lightstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., changed names on September 15, 2021. Lightstone IV, a public, non-traded REIT, reportedly focuses on investing in debt obligations that finance development or redevelopment opportunities, originate mezzanine loans or preferred equity investments in development projects, and participates in loan portfolios with third parties.
According to data from secondary sales websites, shares of the REIT have been listed for sale at prices between $3.40 and $4.00 a share. Shares were originally sold for $10 per share. According to filings on March 18, 2022, the board of directors approved an estimated value per share of $8.58 per share based on assets less the estimated value of liabilities divided by the number of shares outstanding.
According to its website, Lightstone has offered investors “the opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of real estate through its various public non-traded REIT offerings.”
On March 25, 2020, the Lightstone’s Board of Directors determined to suspend regular monthly distributions for months ending after March 2020, according to filings with the SEC, citing market volatility due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Non-traded REITs pose many risks that are often not readily apparent to retail investors, or adequately explained by the financial advisors and stockbrokers who recommend these complex investments. One significant risk associated with non-traded REITs has to do with their high up-front commissions, typically between 7-10%. In addition to high commissions, non-traded REITs generally charge investors for certain due diligence and administrative fees, ranging anywhere from 1-3%.
Furthermore, non-traded REITs are generally illiquid investments. Unlike traditional stocks and mutual funds, non-traded REITs do not trade on a national securities exchange. Many uninitiated investors in non-traded REITs have come to learn too late that their ability to exit their investment position is limited. Typically, investors in non-traded REITs can only exit their investment through redemption directly with the sponsor on a limited basis, and often at a disadvantageous price, or through sales in a limited secondary market. As in this case, third party tender offers may also offer liquidity, but at a price that may or may not reflect the shares’ fair value.
Stockbrokers and financial advisors who sell non-traded REITs and other non-conventional investments have an obligation to recommend these investments only when they have a reasonable basis to recommend them to an individual customer. Advisors also may not sell non-traded REITs or other investments via a misleading sales presentation that omits to disclose material risks.
Investors with questions about claims against a stockbroker or investment advisor concerning Lightstone IV or other non-traded REITs or non-conventional investments may contact Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a no-cost, confidential consultation. Attorneys at the firm are admitted in New York, Wisconsin and various federal courts around the country, and handle cases nationwide (in cooperation with attorneys located in those states if required by applicable rules).