Jim Buchta | Star Tribune
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.


Zillow plans to bring sight-unseen house-buying service to Twin Cities

No-visit, all-cash house buying is expected to expand in coming year.


HomeServices of America taps new CEO to lead expansion

Gino Blefari replaces HomeServices of America founder Ron Peltier, who will become executive chairman.


Minneapolis-based HomeServices of America buys one of Florida's biggest brokerages

The deal includes 40 offices and 1,750 sales agents and staff in 21 counties in Florida.


Federal government shutdown means delays for Minnesota house buyers, small-business owners

After the first full business week since the shutdown began, executives and entrepreneurs are starting to see more widespread effects.


2018 wasn't the blockbuster that Twin Cities homebuilders had hoped for

Builders paid more for land, labor and materials, making it difficult for them to cater to a segment of the market where demand was most fierce: first-time buyers and downsizing baby boomers.


Healthy nut company gets second chance with new Twin Cities home, social mission

Isadore Nut Co. discovered the solution to its cost problem in the kitchen of a Golden Valley apartment building.


Labor crunch in Twin Cities adds up to homebuilding delays, higher costs

Labor crunch in Twin Cities building trades has led to increasing construction delays and higher costs.


More homes on Twin Cities home market, a good sign for buyers

Rise in listings, decrease in sales suggest Twin Cities area prices should decline. But for now, median sale breaks $265,000 in November, a record.


Dominium pulls out of North Loop affordable housing project

Developer says it will focus on projects in the suburbs.


Target office building in downtown Minneapolis sells for $171 million

One of the downtown Minneapolis office buildings that houses Target Corp. has a new owner.