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investing in real estate through a limited partnershipInvestors in NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. (“NHI REIT”) are likely facing substantial principal losses based on recently reported transactions.  Although liquidity is limited, NHI REIT investors may be able to sell shares through a limited and fragmented secondary market.  Recently, NHI REIT shares were listed for sale on a secondary platform at $6.70 per share.  Thus, for investors who bought in through the IPO at $10 per share, it would appear that they have sustained losses of roughly 1/3 on their initial capital outlay (these losses are exclusive of distribution income received to date).

NHI REIT investors also may have arbitration claims to be pursued before FINRA, 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 broker.  According to its prospectus, NHI REIT was formed as a Maryland corporation in October 2010 for the purpose of acquiring, originating and managing a “[d]iversified portfolio of equity and debt investments in healthcare real estate, with a focus on the mid-acuity senior housing sector.”

Headquartered in New York, New York, NHI REIT is a publicly registered non-traded real estate investment trust.  As of November 2015, NHI REIT’s portfolio consisted of 20 investments, including 16 equity investments with a total cost of $942.7 million, and 4 debt investments with a principal amount of $145.9 million.  Pursuant to its offering, which closed December 17, 2015, NHI REIT offered up to $500,000,000 in shares of its common stock at a price of $10.20 per share, in addition to $200,000,000 in shares offered under the REIT’s amended and restated distribution reinvestment plan, at a price of $9.69 per share.

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