Even though numbers are down, 35.2 million Americans changed residences in 2008, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau. There are many ways to make your new house feel like home sooner than later.

Selling your house may be a challenge in today's real estate market, but with a bit of elbow grease and some good planning tips, you can entice potential buyers to view your home, and hopefully make a viable offer.

From twinkling candles glimpsed through a window to trees and shrubs decked in brightly colored strands, light can be the warmest welcome for your guests during the holidays. And if you’ve been thinking about enhancing the lighting above and around your front porch or door, the holidays are a great time to put that thought into action.

The downturn in the real estate market has caused many people to forgo the purchase of a second home. But because they still want the opportunity to travel and spend time with friends and family, many are opting to become members of luxury travel destination clubs instead.

If you’re in a position to buy real estate, chances are pretty good you’ll end up with a great bargain – perhaps a home you typically wouldn’t consider in a different market. While it could remain a buyer’s market for several months to several years, be aware that lending institutions are scrutinizing prospective homeowners more than ever.

In today’s market, selling a home involves much more than posting a “for-sale” sign in the yard. Preparation is key. In fact, experts agree that property appearance and condition play a big role in the home-sale process.

You love the look of natural wood flooring but are afraid to install hardwood because you know the floor will take a beating from the kids, dogs and the heavy day-to-day traffic all too common in modern family life. But you don’t have to sacrifice high style looks for boring sensibility when considering a new flooring option in your home – not if you choose laminate.