Erez Law is currently investigating financial advisors across the country who recommended their clients invest in NorthStar Healthcare Income Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), a non-traded REIT that was formed to acquire, originate and asset manage a diversified portfolio of equity, debt and securities investments in healthcare real estate. According to the website, “NorthStar Healthcare is focused on making investments in the needs-driven senior housing sector, which we define as independent living facilities, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facilities. We believe this sector is an attractive asset class to invest in as these types of facilities generally provide the broadest level of services to residents in a more cost effective setting.”
In February 2019, NorthStar Healthcare Income REIT ceased distributions to investors in order to preserve capital and protect the company’s financial position. According to the DI Wire, “In December 2017, the company reduced its distribution rate from 6.67 percent to 3.31 percent on its $10.20 final offering price. Shares originally sold for $10.00.” The company also said that there can be no assurance that distributions will be declared again in any future periods or at any particular rate. “In December 2018, the REIT lowered the net asset value of its common stock from $8.50 per share to $7.10 per share. At the time, the company cited numerous factors which contributed to the decline in net asset value, including occupancy challenges in select markets, increased labor costs, restructuring leases, replacing tenants, and capital expenditures while continuing to make consistent distributions to its shareholders.”
A REIT is a company, modeled after mutual funds, that owns or finances income-producing real estate and provide investors of all types regular income streams, diversification and long-term capital appreciation. Unlike other real estate investments, REITs are often entirely illiquid. Non-traded REITs hold additional risks for investors because they often feature limited redemption programs, high fees and commissions, and internal conflicts of interest. Unlike stocks on the New York Stock Exchange, REITs are not publicly traded and cannot be sold through an exchange, only through secondary market auctions.
In October 2018, the company informed shareholders that it will only repurchase shares in connection with the death or qualifying disability of a stockholder, according to the DI Wire.
NorthStar Healthcare Income REIT launched in February 2013. NorthStar Healthcare Income REIT raised more than $2 billion to date, and oversees a $3.5 billion portfolio, which includes more 642 properties as of December 31, 2018, according to their website.
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