The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned and fined Hantz Financial Services, Inc. (Hantz Financial) $75,000 concerning allegations that between April 2004, until April 2011, Hantz Financial violated FINRA rules by failing to properly enforce its written supervisory procedures for conducting due diligence with respect to a non-exchange traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and by failing to establish and maintain a supervisory system reasonably designed for conducting ongoing due diligence of REITs.
Hantz Financial has been a member of FINRA since 1999 and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. The firm employees 276 registered representatives and conducts a general securities business.
A REIT is a corporation or trust that owns income-producing real estate. REITs pool the capital of numerous investors to purchase a portfolio of properties that may include office building, shopping centers, hotels, and apartment buildings that the average investor would not otherwise be able to purchase individually. Shares of non-traded REITs do not trade on a national securities exchange and are generally illiquid for periods of eight years or more. The risks of non-traded REITs are significant and FINRA has issued an Investor Alert warning investors of some of the potential risks.