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.


As apartment construction stalls and vacancies fall, Twin Cities rents are likely to rise

Nearly 20,000 new apartments have been built in the Twin Cities area over the past two years, but construction is quickly tapering.


Luxury apartment tower on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis fetched many bids, sold at value

Washington-based Weidner Apartment Homes bought 4Marq Apartments, near the Nic on 5th Apartments the company bought last year.


'If they need to move, they're going to': Twin Cities buyers not waiting for lower mortgage rates

Mortgage interest rates, which have inflated house payments and chipped away at buying power, average around 7.09% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, but home sales are still on the rise.


While homebuilding is up in the Twin Cities, apartment construction is way behind

At a time when there's already a shortage of housing in many parts of the metro, apartment developers have received only enough permits to build 115 apartments and other multifamily units, 55% fewer than last year.


What commission changes mean for Minnesota homebuyers, sellers and agents

The National Association of Realtors' settlement, reached in March, is most likely to affect those looking to purchase a home.


Friends split a mortgage, share a home to beat high housing costs

A growing number of nonmarried people are sharing the high cost of homeownership.


Event will celebrate 20 years of Home of the Month contest and offer peek at top residential projects

An upcoming event will offer a peek inside top residential designs and a chance to ask architects and homeowners questions.


Interest rate angst hasn't stopped Twin Cities area home buyers

Despite mortgage interest rates remaining high, the spring market is rife with listings and purchases.


As much of commercial real estate in Twin Cities struggles, med-tech flourishes

While office buildings from the suburbs to downtown Minneapolis struggle for survival, construction on more buildings in the life sciences sector is increasing, adding hundreds of thousands of square feet of labs, production space and research facilities to the Twin Cities.


Homeownership could cost you under $100,000 if you consider a manufactured home

Formerly called mobile homes, these types of dwellings could be a good bet for prospective buyers struggling with record home prices and rising rents.