Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, mortgage REIT NorthStar Realty Finance (NYSE:NRF) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

NorthStar facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York (1997)

Market Cap

$1.1 billion

Industry

Mortgage REITs

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$390.2 million

Management

Chairman/CEO David Hamamoto
CFO Debra Hess

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

(24.1%)

Cash / Debt

$261.9 million / $3.7 billion

Dividend Yield

8.4%

Competitors

Annaly Capital Management
iStar Financial 

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 656 members who have rated NorthStar believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, GGGilmore, succinctly summed up the NorthStar bull case for our community:

It looks like short term rates will be low for at least the next 2 years. Good management and low short term rates have helped this company turn around. They have increased dividends 5 times now with the recent [$0.18/share] declaration. 

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