In light of the recent FINRA allegations against David Lerner Associates for their alleged Apple REIT 10 fraud, we thought it would be a good time to talk about the increase in sales of these securities and how REITs may be unsuitable investments for the average investor.
It bears repeating here that you should always expect a high risk with a high-yield investment. Although REITs do sometimes offer very high returns, don’t be convinced that this comes with little or no risk. Be aware that:
- REITs generally focus on one type of real estate, like the hotels of the Apple REIT 10. This makes the investment particularly vulnerable to market changes in certain sectors.
- REITs may be concentrated in a specific location or community. If something goes wrong in that specific location, REIT investors nationwide are affected.
- REITs can be complicated. It can be very difficult for an investor to figure out exactly what the REITs are investing in, and the research required is prohibitive.
The FINRA lawyers with David P. Meyer & Associates are available to speak with you about your investment fraud case. We are knowledgeable and experienced FINRA attorneys who are devoted to representing stockbroker mediation, arbitration, and litigation cases nationwide. If you’re unsure if you need to speak to an attorney, we recommend you take a look at our FREE book, Five Signs of Investment Fraud… And What to Do If It’s Happened to You.