There are a lot of credible market watchers in the multifamily sector—Carrollton, Texas-based M/PF Research; Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services; Novato, Calif.-based RealFacts; Dallas-based Witten Advisors; as well as the myriad national apartment REITs.

Still, these industry experts don’t always agree on which markets are the best and worst in the country. Multifamily Executive talked to these vital market researchers and scoured their reports to determine a comprehensive list of 10 markets to watch in 2010—five that should see signs of improvement by the end of the year, as well as five that will likely suffer even more pain.

Five Markets Seeing Signs of Strengthening

Five Markets Yet to Find the Bottom