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.


3 Minneapolis apartment projects head for city review

The developer of a project proposed along E. Hennepin Avenue wants to include street-level apartments, dispensing with retail.


Twin Cities hotels struggle as rooms fill on the North Shore

Minnesotans are taking to the road this summer, boosting demand for resorts, vacation rentals and campgrounds in places where social distancing happens naturally.


Pandemic hammers Twin Cities homebuilders as permits drop 42%

June was the second consecutive month that saw a big drop in building permits, reflecting logistical challenges and unease over demand.


Minneapolis vandalism targets include 198-unit affordable housing development

The apartments were expected to hit the market later this year.


Report: Pandemic hotel swoon to cost Minnesota governments $170 million

Industry hit by a collapse in leisure and business travel worse than post-9/11.


Buyers facing even tighter Twin Cities housing market: 'It's a dogfight out there'

Fewer houses are hitting the market and prices are drifting upward despite a grim economy.


No longer 25 stories, proposed Dinkytown apartment project goes before Mpls. Planning Commission

It will be among four large apartment projects totaling nearly 1,200 units combined that will be reviewed this week.


For now, no big increase to late rent payments in the Twin Cities

Payments faltered the most in less-expensive apartment buildings.


Mortgage delinquencies double in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities and the nation saw delinquency rates surge to historic levels in April along with unemployment.


Policies limiting Twin Cities house showings and open houses to lift July 1

But some changes, like virtual tours, are likely to stick around.