Winthrop Realty Trust Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT), is an unincorporated association in the form of a business trust organized in Ohio under a Declaration of Trust dated August 1, 1961. The Company conducts its business through its wholly owned operating partnership, WRT Realty L.P., a Delaware limited partnership. The Company is engaged in the business of owning real property and real estate related assets which it categorize into three reportable segments: (i) the ownership of investment properties including wholly owned properties and investments in joint ventures which own investment properties, which it refer to as operating properties; (ii) the origination and acquisition of senior loans, mezzanine loans and debt securities collateralized directly or indirectly by commercial and multi-family real property, which it refer to as loan assets; and (iii) the ownership of equity and debt interests in other real estate investment trusts (REITs), which it refer to as REIT securities. Its primary sources of income are rental income and tenant recoveries from leases of its operating properties, interest income and discount accretion from its loan assets, and interest and dividend income and appreciation from its investments in REIT securities. The Company competes with many other companies, including other REITs, insurance companies, commercial banks, private investment funds, hedge funds, specialty finance companies and other investors. Its operations and properties are subject to various federal, state and local laws.