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 So where should we look to invest in 2012? The 24-hour gateways appear “priced to disappoint” after a round of cap rate compression not supported by leasing demand. Secondary and tertiary markets seem like risky bets—they’ve stabilized, but show lackluster signs of rebounding with tepid jobs growth prospects in most places—except for a handful of university-government towns like Austin and Raleigh. And smaller markets can take just so much new investment anyway before you run through opportunities. Everyone touts medical office–but again this is a niche category that has become overpriced with slim pickings. Apartments are everyone’s favorites, but forget about any bargains.

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