The Real Estate section has chronicled many makeovers, and now we’re preparing to go through one of our own.

On Saturday, the section will have a dramatically different look and will be found in a slightly different location in your newspaper: We’ll switch to a tabloid format and you’ll find us inside the Cars section.

The new format is aimed at making the section more user-friendly — allowing readers, for instance, to more easily carry it with them when they’re going house hunting.

The section will have your old favorites — Kenneth Harney, Where We Live, Roger Lewis, Katherine Salant, Benny Kass and Harvey Jacobs. But we will gradually debut new features as well.

We’ll have a column called Town Square that will highlight interesting people and tidbits in the local real estate community. We’ll have a column called Transitions that will focus on people making real estate decisions based on life changes, including job relocation, marriage, divorce, new kids or kids leaving the nest. And we’ll have other features that will focus on design trends and renovation.

Through last month’s online chats tied to our Navigating the Market series, we discovered that dozens of you have pressing questions about buying and selling houses and obtaining mortgages in this region.

So we’re planning to soon debut an ask the expert column allowing you to submit questions about all aspects of home purchasing and ownership, including renovation. We’ll find the right expert to answer your question in the newspaper.

To get started, please submit your questions to and put “Ask an Expert” in the subject line.

The new section will be a work in progress. Throughout the next few months, you may see us experiment with the look of the section. You may see some features come and go as we settle on the right mix.

As always, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at the above e-mail address and put “new format” in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts — what you like, dislike and want to see in the section — as we make this exciting transition.