Investment in safer markets such as Italy hold good potential for individuals in the coming year, it has been claimed.
Linda Travella of Casa Travella believes that in 2010 interest will rise in property markets which carry less risk.
Ms Travella stated that Italy's property market had suffered a lot less than others as a result of the economic downturn.
This led to increased sales and interest in the market during the last quarter of 2009, with the country considered a 'safe' place to invest.
"There is talk that in Italy, a well established country, property prices could increase by three to five per cent in late spring," she said.
"I would suggest looking at Tuscany, Le Marche and the lakes of Maggiore & Garda, where good deals can be found if you buy sensibly."
Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman recently praised the Italian region of Le Marche, stating that it possessed numerous attractions and was good value in comparison with neighbouring Tuscany.