Apartment led all other property sectors in total returns in 2010, according to IPD. Overall, the sector delivered total returns of 19.7 percent.

Retail was the next best performing sector with total returns of 14.9 percent. Super regional malls an regional malls were the best performing assets followed by power centers.

The office sector (12.6 percent) and industrial properties (10.4 percent) posted slightly weaker results in 2010.