LOS ANGELES—According to panelists in the opening session at RealShare L.A., we are in an environment where, “if not messed up,” we can expect a very slow steady expansion. But questions surrounding politics and wage stagnation remain on the horizon.

Joaquin de Monet, founder and managing principal of Palisades Capital Realty Advisors LLC , said that economic cycles don’t die of old age. “Just because we are in the ninth year, that doesn’t mean that 2018 is the year that the recession hits,” he said. “We should be decoupling the economy from the real estate opportunities… Real estate is a very attractive alternative and the US is a very attractive place to invest.”