This is a very good stock to buy right now. The 8.6% dividend on the common stock is a very good asset. Many of the REIT stocks are going up and MAA is going up with them. High yielding stocks are going up. As the FED is lowering interest rates, these high yield stocks will keep going up. In Chicago, I can only get 2.1% interest on a 1 year CD at a bank. I will buy REITS instead. Other good REITS to buy now are MLS, UDR, FR and UHT. Buy this good quality stock now.
Other than the fact you like yield(were you liking yield a couple of years ago, too, when most people could have cared less and were chasing tech stocks, or are you a recent convert?), what is it about MAA in particular that you like? What makes it a "good quality stock", in your opinion?