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Broker Agreement - Secured Capital Corp. and Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc.

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[SECURED CAPITAL CORP LOGO]             11150 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 1400
                                                           Los Angeles, CA 90025

                                                            phone (310) 477-9600
                                                              fax (310) 477-3436

May 10, 2004                                                           VIA FEDEX

Mr. Monty Bennett
Mr. Douglas Kessler
Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.
14185 Dallas Parkway
Suite 1100
Dallas, Texas 75254


Dear Monty and Doug:

This letter, when countersigned below, will confirm that Ashford Hospitality
Trust, Inc. (the "Company") has engaged Secured Capital Corp ("SCC") to use its
best efforts as the Company's exclusive financial advisor with respect to
obtaining proposals for the permanent financing (the "Financing") of various
hotel properties (as opposed to single asset structured financings) set forth on
Exhibit A attached hereto, which Exhibit may be modified as mutually agreed by
the Company and SCC (each, a "Property" and collectively, the "Properties"). It
is anticipated that the Financing will be solicited in one to four offerings,
which may be provided by a single lender or multiple lenders, and will result in
total loan proceeds of approximately $100-$200 million, which will be secured by
the Properties.

         1. SCC'S SERVICES. SCC's services pursuant to this engagement shall
include the following:

-        Prepare and provide descriptive financing materials to be sent to
         prospective lenders (all matters of form and content in respect of such
         materials shall be subject to approval by the Company, which shall be
         responsible for the accuracy and completeness of such materials).

-        Contact a target list of prospective lenders (approved by Company) to
         present the Financing opportunity.

-        Prepare analysis and structuring concepts for prospective lenders in
         order to facilitate their proposal.


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and Mr. Douglas Kessler
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-        Respond to prospective lenders' questions and inquiries about the

-        Obtain proposals from prospective lenders and present them to the

-        Negotiate, in coordination with representatives of the Company, the
terms and conditions of the Financing.

-        Assist the Company and its counsel in coordinating efforts to achieve
timely and efficient documentation and closing of the Financing.

-        Such other services reasonably required by the Company in connection
with the above.

and conditions of any proposal shall be subject to acceptance by the Company in
its sole and absolute discretion. SCC shall not have the authority to accept any
offer or proposal or to enter into any commitment on behalf of the Company. The
Company shall refer all inquiries from prospective lenders regarding the
Financing to SCC and agrees to cooperate with SCC in pursuing discussions or
negotiations with such prospective lenders.

         3. COMPANY TO FURNISH INFORMATION. The Company shall furnish to SCC
such information with respect to the Properties and the Company in the Company's
possession as SCC may reasonably request in order to render its services
effectively. The Company represents to the best of its knowledge that all
information furnished by it to SCC will be materially accurate and complete.
Company shall keep SCC informed of any financing or sale proposals it obtains on
any of the Properties.

         4. COMPENSATION. The parties hereto agree that the compensation payable
to SCC shall be as set forth on Exhibit B attached hereto.

         5. EXPENSES. The Company shall be responsible to pay directly or
reimburse SCC, whether or not SCC earns the Success Fee all reasonable
third-party, out of pocket expenses associated with analyzing the Properties,
preparing marketing materials, and marketing the Financing (collectively, the
"Out of Pocket Expenses") incurred by SCC in connection with the marketing of
the Financing. The Out of Pocket Expenses shall include reasonable travel costs
associated with the Financing as well as printing, copying and delivering
financing materials and due diligence materials, including updates. The Company
understands and agrees that all expenses incurred to date will be invoiced and
due at the time the financing materials are ready for distribution. Thereafter,
SCC will periodically invoice the Company for expenses that are subsequently
incurred. In no case will the total Out of Pocket expenses exceed $80,000 in the
aggregate for the Financing.


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and Mr. Douglas Kessler
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If the Company requests changes in the financing materials after final approval
of said materials is given by the Company and production of the material has
commenced, the Company will pay (or reimburse) SCC for any costs incurred in
making such changes. These costs are in addition to any costs incurred by SCC
and are not subject to the cap on expenses set forth above.

         6. PUBLICATION OF TRANSACTION. After the closing of a transaction for
which SCC is entitled to compensation hereunder, SCC may publish a notice of the
transaction in such format, in such publications and at such times as SCC may
deem appropriate and consistent with its customary practices subject to the
reasonable approval of the Company and applicable laws. Such announcement shall
not disclose the monetary terms of the transaction.

         7. TERM OF ENGAGEMENT. SCC's engagement hereunder shall commence upon
the date of this letter and shall terminate three (3) months following the date
of this letter unless extended by the Company in its sole and absolute
discretion. If, at the termination of SCC's engagement, the Company has not
previously accepted a financing proposal with respect to all of the Properties,
SCC may furnish the Company a list of prospective lenders from whom SCC received
a signed confidentiality agreement and to whom SCC has delivered a copy of SCC's
Financing Memorandum or which SCC requested but did not receive the Company's
consent to approach. If a proposal for mortgage financing is accepted by the
Company with respect to any of the Properties from any entity named in such
list, or any affiliate of any entity named in such list within four (4) months
following the termination or expiration of SCC's engagement, SCC shall be deemed
to have earned the Success Fee specified in this letter upon the Company's
acceptance of the financing proposal, such fees to be payable if and when said
transaction actually closes in the manner set forth herein. The Company's
obligations under paragraphs 4, 5, 7 and 8 shall survive the termination or
expiration of SCC's engagement.

         8. INDEMNIFICATION. The Company shall indemnify and hold harmless SCC
and its affiliates, the respective directors, officer, and employees of SCC and
its affiliates and each of the persons, if any, controlling SCC or any of its
affiliates, to the full extent lawful, from and against all claims, demands,
damages, losses, liabilities and expenses (including, without limitation,
reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses) (collectively, "Claims") related to or
arising from the engagement hereunder, provided that this Section 8 shall not
apply to any Claims related to or arising from SCC's gross negligence, bad
faith, willful misconduct, breach of the provisions of this agreement, or
actions outside of the scope of this agreement.

SCC shall indemnify and hold harmless Company and its affiliates, the respective
directors, officers, agents and employees of Company and its affiliates and each
of the persons, if any, controlling Company or any of its affiliates, to the
full extent lawful, from and against all Claims related to or arising from SCC's
gross negligence, bad faith,


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willful misconduct, material breach of the provisions of this agreement, or
actions outside the scope of this agreement.

         9. OTHER MATTERS. Company acknowledges that SCC reserves the right to
retain at its sole expense and responsibility a local real estate or other
broker to comply with local licensing requirements.

If this letter correctly sets forth the Company's understanding, please so
confirm by countersigning and returning the enclosed copy. Upon receipt of the
copy by SCC, this letter shall be deemed a binding agreement to be construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of California.

                                                  Very truly yours,

                                                  SECURED CAPITAL CORP

                                     By: /s/ D. MICHAEL VAN KONYNENBURG
                                         President and CEO