Reporter | Residential real estate

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.


Housing frenzy in Twin Cities a little less frantic?

The housing market in the Twin Cities is still on fire, but monthly sales dropped in June for the first time in more than a year.


Twin Cities area condo owners worry after Florida tower's collapse

A spotlight on deferred maintenance is prompting Minnesotans to question if enough is being done to maintain their buildings.


Realty Group, others fuel growth of independent Minnesota real estate brokers

Independents are typically locally owned and unaffiliated with a franchise — and are growing quickly.


Twin Cities home building stays strong in June

Permits to build single-family homes in the Twin Cities increased 63%; permits to build rentals lagged.


A $240 million makeover for a blighted Minnehaha Creek site in Hopkins

The project will include nearly 800 apartments and townhomes, a new pond and better access to the popular creek.


Homeownership gap in the Twin Cities is highest in the nation

A surge in single-family rentals in Hennepin and Ramsey counties is eliminating options for minority and low-income buyers.


Sticker shock has some local apartment developers in retreat

Lumber costs have more than doubled in a year, upending construction plans.


Twin Cities housing market stays strong as median price hits $342,500 in May

Buyers still outnumber sellers in much of the metro area and prices are rising at a rapid clip, though one survey showed a slight uptick in price cuts.


Home buyers make waves on Minnesota lakes

Minnesota lakes have become a battleground for buyers, causing a double-digit swell in lakeshore sales.


One killed, several hurt by gunfire in Mpls. over weekend

It has been a deadly and violent holiday weekend in Minneapolis. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, more than a half-dozen shootings in the city…