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.

A bump in Twin Cities home building reflects buyers' appetite

Despite a late-season increase in home building, residential construction in the Twin Cities has been the slowest in at least five years.

Why townhomes are the star of Twin Cities area housing market

Townhouses account for upwards of a quarter to a third of all new housing for some Twin Cities area builders.

Can't buy a house because you don't have a down payment? Help is on the way.

Freddie Mac recently launched DPA One, a website that connects buyers with dozens of down payment assistance programs in 48 states.

With expiring leases and scarce financing, angst grows for Twin Cities office building owners

Though office workers are steadily returning to their desks, there's growing unease across the metro about what will happen when billions of dollars in loans soon come due.

Twin Cities home sales continue to dwindle, and prices continue to rise

Mortgage rates are ticking down and the decline in newly listed houses is shrinking, though.

Apartment vacancy rate falls in downtown Minneapolis, rises in suburbs

The suburbs, especially those along the west edge of the metro, have seen a surge in construction, while construction in the urban core has slowed.

U.S. Bank recommits to downtown Minneapolis amid record office vacancies

The Minneapolis-based bank signed another long-term lease for its headquarters in its namesake tower along Nicollet Mall and will move hundreds of workers downtown after vacating leased space in Richfield.

One reason home buyers shouldn't give up hope this fall

New data suggests the overall housing market churn is slowing in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota.

Twin Cities area office vacancies rising even as employees return to in-person work

The metro market is like a game of musical chairs, with companies downsizing space while upgrading amenities.

Mortgage rates hit 23-year high, but that's not stopping Twin Cities homebuilding

Twin Cities builders had their best September in nearly two decades.