Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, real estate investment trust Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Senior Housing facts

Headquarters (Founded) Newton, Mass. (1998)
Market Cap $3.59 billion
Industry Residential REIT
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $409 million
Management President/COO David Hegarty (since 1999)
CFO Richard Doyle Jr. (since 2007)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 6.4%
Cash/Debt $26.8 million / $1.60 billion
Dividend Yield 6.9%
Competitors HCP (NYSE: HCP)
Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN)
LTC Properties (NYSE: LTC)

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 216 members who have rated Senior Housing believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star fooluser17, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and dirtpoorfool.  

Just last week, fooluser17 touched on the demographic trends working in Senior Housing's favor: "I don't like the lack of cash on hand and large debt, but par for the course I guess for a REIT. This particular REIT is interesting in that demand should be pretty much guaranteed as the population ages."

Senior Housing even boasts a rather juicy dividend yield of 7.1%. That's higher than that of competitors like HCP (4.9%), Health Care REIT (5.5%), and LTC Properties (5.7%).

CAPS member dirtpoorfool elaborates on the Senior Housing bull case:

A REIT involved with senior housing developments. With the number of Baby Boomers hitting retirement poised to reach its peak, this may be a good investment for the next 20 to 25 years. Those in this generation are generally more healthy than those before it, and they will be living longer. The specialized senior assisted living communities are a great hit with many seniors, including many in my own family!

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