chi-jim clark (5) Jim Clark, managing principal of Chicago-based EnTrust Realty Advisors LLC.

CHICAGO—The economic recovery has reached a mature stage, and real estate markets across the US once ignored by investors now garner a lot of interest. And experts say this desire to buy in secondary markets, including value-add properties that involve more risk and higher yields, should last a considerable time, along with a generally healthy environment for real estate investment.

“The cost of living and the cost of doing business in the gateway markets is creating a demographic shift,” Jim Clark, managing principal of Chicago-based EnTrust Realty Advisors LLC, tells For example, people and businesses have begun moving from expensive cities in California such as Los Angeles and San Francisco to cheaper metros nearby like Phoenix. The new demand will buoy these latter markets, push rental rates up, and draw in even more investors.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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