Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, real estate finance company NorthStar Realty Finance (NYSE:NRF) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at NorthStar's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

NorthStar facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New York City (1997)

Market Cap

$264.6 Million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$105.8 Million


President/CEO David Hamamoto (Since 2003)

CFO Andrew Richardson (Since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)


Dividend Yield


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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 444 of the 473 members who have rated NorthStar -- 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include bglaze250 and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Just last month, bglaze250 tapped NorthStar as a purveyor of potentially prime property: 

Class-A office space in major cities left unrented and new real estate opportunities shunned by investors and firms, has left the share prices of [NorthStar] and other like REITs shaky and low. However, this cannot persist forever, and with the recovery of the international financial markets, [commercial real estate] will begin to appreciate in price, and [NorthStar], despite their debt, should come out on top.

In a pitch from the same day, TSIF also shows trust in the investment trust:

[REITs] come in all flavors, land, hotels, apartments, retail stores, warehousing, etc. [NorthStar] is a little bit of a mix, specializing in acquiring distressed real estate and lease properties. While most [REITs] have found a way to hold dividends against losses, NorthStar has paid them in a mix of stock and cash. If you can find some [REITs] that eventually recover and get back in their high dividend payout, and you acquire them for a fraction of their book value, then you have the potential to someday get dividends that are substantial each year to the price per share you purchased the REIT at ... I believe Northstar is the little REIT that can.

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