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.


July home sales up 4.5%, median price hits $283,700 in Twin Cities

Upper bracket homes accounted for much of the sales increase as entry-level houses remained scarce, according to an industry report.


As mortgage rates tumble, rush to refinance for savings is on

Mortgage refinancing applications are running about double last year's pace, a trade group says.


Cool housing market could mean less remodeling action in '20

Fewer home sales, economy jitters and even the election could mean less work for remodelers.


Gensler design firm's new Minneapolis offices are an idea showroom

"We think of our whole office as a workshop and the design lab is the heart of our shop," said Bill Baxley, principal and managing director.


July was second good month in a row for metro homebuilders

Buyers are looking at new houses as the median price for existing homes approaches $300,000 in the Twin Cities.


Chicago developer latest to pitch project at North Loop's Duffey Paper site

Cedar Street Cos. envisions 200 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space in the North Loop neighborhood.


Need a real estate agent? Amazon to offer referrals in Twin Cities

The online giant is partnering with Realogy to offer a referral service in 15 metro areas.


Median home sale price in Twin Cities hits record $290,000

But the number of entry-level listings on the market has fallen throughout the year, stifling home sales, which fell 8.2% in June from a year ago.


Sprawling apartment, office complex planned for North Loop

The large mixed-use development on the edge of downtown Minneapolis would be home to thousands of new residents and office workers.


Developer agrees to scale back short-term rentals at Minneapolis complex

Sherman Associates, facing neighborhood pushback, is reducing the number to 25.