Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):
January 30, 2013
Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.
 (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)
File Number)
Identification No.)
2800 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 5000, Houston, Texas
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
(888) 220-6121
Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
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Item 8.01 Other Events.

February 2013 Distributions

With the authorization of its board of directors, Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. ("Hines REIT") declared distributions for the month of February 2013. These distributions will be calculated based on shareholders of record each day during the month of February 2013 in an amount equal to $0.00138082 per share, per day and will be paid in April 2013 in cash or reinvested in stock for those participating in Hines REIT's dividend reinvestment plan. Of the amount described above, $0.00041425 of the per share, per day dividend will be designated by Hines REIT as a special distribution which will be a return of a portion of the shareholders’ invested capital and, as such, will reduce their remaining investment in Hines REIT. The special distribution represents a portion of the profits from sales of investment property. The designation of a portion of the distribution as a special distribution will not impact the tax treatment of the distributions to our shareholders.

Statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections relating to items such as the timing of payment of distributions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions that may prove incorrect or inaccurate. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements include the risks described in the "Risk Factors" section of Hines REIT's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

January 30, 2013
/s/ J. Shea Morgenroth
J. Shea Morgenroth
Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer