Customer Relationship Summary
Form CRS - February 12, 2021
We are Lighthouse Capital Group, LLC, the supervising Broker-Dealer for JRW Investments, Inc. Lighthouse Capital Group, LLC (hereafter, "our Firm") is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SiPC), and is registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). Our Firm is not a Registered Investment Advisor. Brokerage and investment advisory services and fees are different. It is important for you to understand these differences. Free and simple tools are available to research firms and financial professionals at Investor.gov/CRS, which also provides educational materials about broker-dealers, investment advisers, and investing.
We offer due diligence and brokerage services to accredited investors who are seeking to solve tax problems and to protect and grow their wealth primarily through real estate investments. We seek to develop long term relationships with our clients. Prior to making specific recommendations, we work with you to understand your needs, investment objectives, risk tolerance, experience, liquidity needs, and more. We believe that markets are cyclical and therefore work to understand macroeconomic trends and where we are in the market cycle prior to making specific investment recommendations. Acting in your best interest, we analyze and compare every 1031-eligible real estate private placement offering that we can by performing extensive quantitative and qualitative due diligence. We then identify what we believe to be the best option(s) for each client out of all of the available options that we have reviewed and based on the specific investment situation, needs, and goals of each client. Additionally, the principals of the Firm also actively manage two vertically integrated real estate investment sponsors that provide offerings and asset management on behalf of accredited real estate investors, including products that are only available to our clients. As a part of our commitment to you, we maintain internal due diligence and client services departments that also track, analyze, and report investment performance updates to you so that you are apprised of material information regarding your investments in a timely manner.
We specialize in private placement real estate securities for investors: (1) who are completing 1031 exchanges; (2) who are seeking stable income; and/or, (3) who are seeking value-add real estate investments. We subject every investment offering we review to a rigorous due diligence process to analyze applicable macroeconomic trends, the industry, market, submarket, business model/pro forma, historical performance, financials, sponsor, competition, investment assumptions, cash flow, deal-specific risks, and debt service coverage, among other important considerations. Because of our stringent review process, we have a limited menu of investments that we approve and offer to our investors. Approved products are limited to only those offerings that meet our highest Due Diligence standards. While our investment recommendations focus primarily on private placement securities, we are also approved to offer other investment categories as the need arises. Due to our specific focus on real estate private placement securities, we exclusively offer our brokerage services to accredited investors. We do not require account minimums, and we provide analysis and access to both third-party and proprietary products. While we make recommendations, our clients ultimately make the final investment decision of whether or not to invest directly in the offerings we recommend. Therefore, since the client is ultimately making the final decision and investing directly, we intentionally do not hold or maintain any investor cash accounts and securities.
Conversation Starters "Given my financial situation, should I choose a brokerage service? Why or why not?" "How will you choose investments to recommend to me?" "What is your relevant experience, including your licenses, education and other qualifications? What do these qualifications mean?"
As a Broker-Dealer, our Firm receives commissions on the real estate securities transactions we broker. These fees are set by the securities issuer and are defined in the Selling Agreements we have with each issuer whose products we offer. In some cases, the commissions are paid upfront. In other cases, the commissions are paid on an ongoing basis, or they are paid when the offering's properties are sold only if investors receive their preferred return and full return of their original capital investment. Whether a commission is paid upfront, ongoing, or on the backend depends upon the offering and will be explicitly disclosed before any investment is made. Commissions have the potential to create a conflict of interest to incentivize Representatives to recommend products with higher commission rates. For the products our clients acquire that have upfront commissions, the commissions are structured into the purchase price of the offering and do not vary significantly from one offering to another. This means that there are no additional out-of-pocket costs to clients, and these costs are already accounted for in the issuer’s cash flow, return expectations, and pro forma projections. The commission earned on your investment is the only fee that we receive when you complete a transaction through our Firm. As a part of our due diligence process, we analyze all fees and costs along with many other quantitative and qualitative factors to determine which investments are most likely to meet their objectives and are best suited for our clients. You will pay fees and costs whether you make or lose money on your investments. Fees and costs will reduce any amount of money you make on your investments over time. Please make sure you understand what fees and costs you are paying.
Conversation Starter "Help me understand how the commissions on private placement investments affect my investments." "If I give you $100,000 to invest, how much will typically go to the Firm in the form of a Broker-Dealer commission, and how will the Sponsor's fees affect the value of my ownership interest over time?"
When we provide you with a recommendation, we have to act in your best interest and not put our interest ahead of yours. At the same time, the way we make money can create some conflicts with your interests. You should understand and ask us about these conflicts because they can affect the recommendations we provide you. Here are some examples to help you understand what this means.
The principals of the Firm are also owners of two vertically integrated real estate investment companies, ExchangeRight Real Estate and Telos Capital. These companies' offerings are also regularly made available to investors through the Firm. This presents a potential conflict of interest as affiliated principals may be motivated to recommend affiliated investments vs. non-affiliated investments. Further, the Sponsor may acquire properties from its 1031-eligible portfolios for incorporation into a larger, aggregated portfolio as a part of its exit strategy on behalf of investors. This could create a potential conflict of interest between investors in both offerings, since the ideal acquisition price for the aggregated portfolio would be as low as possible, and the ideal selling price for the original portfolio would be as high as possible. Finally, some of the Sponsors’ offerings may include performance-based disposition fees, meaning that fees will be collected from investors if the offering exits favorably–either meeting or exceeding the Sponsor's original targeted returns to investors.
Conversation Starter "How might your conflicts of interest affect me, and how will you address them?"
Our financial professionals receive a commission on the securities transactions we broke. This topic is covered in detail in the "What fees will I pay?" section.
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Conversation Starter "As a financial professional, do you have any disciplinary history? For what type of conduct?"
Conversation Starter "Who is my primary contact person? Is he or she a representative of an investment adviser or a broker-dealer? Who can I talk to if I have concerns about how this person is treating me?"