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.


Minneapolis, St. Paul housing exodus more myth than reality

Twin Cities suburbs have enjoyed surging interest from home buyers as the pandemic has upended how people work, amid rising crime and lingering unease following spring riots. But home sales are also on the rise in St. Paul and Minneapolis.


Low interest rates keep Twin Cities home sales rolling along

Low interest rates fuel surge in demand in September, when sales usually slow down.


Sons of Norway anchors biggest mixed-use addition in Uptown in decade

Daymark Uptown and a familiar tenant have settled in on West Lake Street.


Signs of 'financial stress' emerge in survey of Twin Cities rent payers

A greater share of metro apartment dwellers missed their rent payments last month as aid expired.


Construction is underway on first phase of Champlin riverfront revival

A restaurant, event center and pavilion are up next, all part of a sprawling $100 million redevelopment project.


Twin Cities homebuilders see busiest September in 15 years

The surge, the most since 2005, to build single-family homes is fueled by low rates.


Low mortgage rates continue to fuel hot Twin Cities housing market

With nearly one-third fewer homes on the market than a year ago, the metro's median sale price rose 10%.


Rising vacancies spur discounts for renters in Twin Cities

Concessions are most common in upper-end Minneapolis buildings while renters in less costly apartments are unlikely to share in breaks.


Why Minnesota lumber prices are going through the roof

A do-it-yourself home-improvement and construction boom has sent the price of lumber skyrocketing, as sawmills and strand-board manufacturers, including in Minnesota, scramble to keep up with surging demand.


Twin Cities short-term rental market takes a beating: 'Our whole business shifted'

The travel downturn because of the coronavirus is hitting short-term leases especially hard.