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Many investors in the Inland American Estate Investment Trust have called our office and asked the same question: Is there any way I can sell my Inland American REIT? This is due to the fact that Inland American Real Estate Investment Trusts are non-traded, which means that they do not trade on any public exchange. Unless real estate investment trust (REIT) companies such as Inland American decide to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and make a public offering of its shares, investors will most likely not be able to sell their shares and will remain at the mercy of the REITs' performance. But wagering on better performance by non-traded REITs in the near future does not seem to be a viable option for investors to hold their shares either since many non-traded REITs have ceased their buy-back programs and are no longer making promised monthly or quarterly distributions to investors - a universal sign of ruinous events to come for REIT investors.

Unfortunately, the only way to sell your REIT is privately or through an auction through one of several companies making a secondary market in your REIT. Investors looking to sell or liquidate their Inland American REITs might want to investigate the following companies who are offering a secondary market for non-traded REITs:

  • REIT Secondary Exchange
  • SecondMarket
  • Pacific Partnership Group
  • Mackenzie Patterson Fuller LP
  • Central Trade and Transfer
  • Lapis Advisors LP

Please note that the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. does not recommend or endorse any of the aforementioned information exchanges. Investors are urged to do their own homework before initiating any business. If you cannot locate these companies, please call our office so that we can provide you with their contact information at no charge.

The most common misrepresentation and misleading statement claims that the Inland American REITs have been making relate to the risk associated with the non-traded REITs. Many investors have complained that the Inland American REITs were not adequately represented before purchase and that they did not know the real truth about the valuations, performance, prospects, liquidity, or distribution and redemption practices of management relating to their investment. Many elderly investors seeking income were overconcentrated in Inland American REITs because they needed income. Sadly they learned too late that there were no guarantees that distributions would be made. Some REIT investors have just learned that they would no longer be receiving distributions or that the distributions they actually received were derived from loans and not the true cash flow of the REIT. Brokerage firms and their financial advisors were eager to push REIT investments on their clients for the high commissions compared to other products. Unfortunately, many investors are locked in and unable to sell their REIT investments without selling into deeply discounted secondary markets. If you are an Inland American REIT investor with the same complaints, we believe we can help you recover your REIT losses!

Have you suffered losses resulting from an investment in an Inland American Real Estate Investment Trust? If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation. Mr. Pearce is actively investigating and accepting clients with valid claims against stockbrokers who misrepresented and sold Inland American Real Estate Investment Trusts to investors.

The most important of investors' rights is the right to be informed! This Investors' Rights blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. For over 30 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities and investment law issues. The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors' rights throughout the United States and internationally! Please visit our website,, post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, or email Mr. Pearce at for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.