I would recommend a new RIA for someone new to 1911s. RIA has a great reputation for customer service/repair if there are ever any problems with it. Norcs are very good guns, though. I can't speculate on future value but, as you know, there aren't any new ones coming into this country.
Jim's Rules of Carry: 1. Any gun is better than no gun. 2. A gun that is reliable is better than a gun that is not. 3. A hole in the right place is better than a hole in the wrong place. 4. A bigger hole is a better hole.