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.


Rentals with a rooftop farm may be coming to Minneapolis

Apartment developers in the Twin Cities are accustomed to ginning up out-of-the-box amenities aimed at wooing renters and setting themselves apart in an increasingly competitive…


Twin Cities still dogged by shortage of affordable houses for sale

Sales increased last month as the number of houses on the market declined, pushing the median sale price to $270,000, a January record.


Rise in average Twin Cities rents was the biggest in a decade

The 2019 average of $1,290 a month was nearly 6% higher than the year before, according to a Marquette Advisors report. For renters, relief could be on the way with more construction.


Ranking the hottest housing markets in the Twin Cities

Find out how your community fared in our searchable Hot Housing Index for 2019.


Once-obscure suburbs are the new hot housing markets

First-time buyers and baby boomers are getting priced out of newer, more expensive suburbs and popular urban neighborhoods.


Twin Cities homebuilders off to a strong start in January

While rentals will dominate, low rates could boost new for-sale homes .


Chicago developer pitches apartments on Mpls. site of scuttled luxury condo tower

A city commission will review a proposal by CA Ventures, which has two other Minneapolis projects in the works.


Ryan, North Memorial envision 100-acre health village in Maple Grove

The development plan, which includes 550 rental units, offices and clinics, would enable the hospital to conduct an immediate expansion, its CEOs said.


With boomers in mind, Catholic Eldercare expands creative programs for seniors

Residents find new and creative ways to share their lives.


Former St. Paul broker now helps real estate pros produce podcasts

Former real estate pro believes the platform is just the right medium to bring specialized content to niche audiences.