Reporter | Residential real estate

Jim Buchta has covered real estate for the Star Tribune for several years. He also has covered energy, small business, consumer affairs and travel. 

Buchta has taken breaks from those beats to edit the Star Tribune's Real Estate sections and Travel, and to ghost write a book about getaway homes. He also has an intense interest in architecture, agriculture and the environment. He lives part-time on a tree farm and has a particular expertise in building science and food.


Twin Cities apartments add 'entertainment suites' to woo downsizing baby boomers

Decked-out gathering spaces with fully outfitted kitchens and dining tables are big enough for the whole family.


If you're amazed by number of new rentals, wait until next year

Apartment developers are on track to deliver a record 6,000 new units this year and even more in the coming year — most of them in the Twin Cities suburbs.


Realtors group looks to tighten restrictions on pocket listings

New policy would require prop­erties to hit MLS sites just after marketing starts.


Minnesota architect talks of the need to promote a better built environment for all

Jeffrey Mandyck explains the cutting-edge 21st Century Development (21CD) model and matrix.


Joan Marie Mathews-Larson, founder of addiction recovery center, dies at 90

Distraught after a son's death, and baffled that the treatment didn't work, she started researching the underlying causes of addiction.


Housing construction outpacing 2018 in the Twin Cities

It is likely to be a record year for multifamily units. Production of single-family homes is catching up quickly.


'Angels caught me,' says boy thrown over MOA railing

The 5-year-old Woodbury boy, critically injured in April, is back in school and walking without a limp, according to his family.


Man slips under ice near Cloquet despite rescue efforts

Officers heard his calls for help but were unable to get to him in time.


Phone app by Twin Cities real estate photographer aims to upgrade amateur house photos

Local real estate photographer is developing tools to help amateurs take top-quality real estate photos on their phones.


Hot times for homes priced above $300,000 in Twin Cities

Shortage of Twin Cities entry-level homes continued in October as sales were brisk for higher-priced properties.