The latest housing figures from CoreLogic, a residential property information and analytics provider, indicates that the real estate market is on the rebound. Home prices across the nation are on the rise, including for distressed sales. Individuals are once again considering purchasing a property a smart financial decision and beginning to gain confidence in the strength of the real estate market. "December marked 10 consecutive months of year-over-year home price improvements, and the strongest growth since the height of the last housing boom more than six years ago," said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. "We expect price growth to continue in January as our Pending HPI shows strong year-over-year appreciation." The increase in the number of property purchases could result in a rise in home improvement projects across the nation. As new owners look to incorporate a number of changes in how a home looks feels and its energy efficiency, investments in upgrades shall be made. One of the premier investments many homeowners are expected to consider are the various ways they can increase the sustainability of their home. A greater emphasis will paid to insulation levels, window quality, water use and heating utilities. To reduce the carbon footprint associated with a property and increase the comfort a new homeowner feels, many people are turning toward radiant floor heating. The eco-friendly technology is easy to install and can drastically reduce the energy use of a home dedicated toward heating. A new homeowner could even take the installation opportunity radiant floor heating provides and select a new flooring option. Instead of that unflattering, aged linoleum in the kitchen, try a nice maple hardwood or a cozy natural stone option.