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.


Single-family homebuilding surges 32% in Twin Cities

Metro builders lament lack of supply amid dramatic increase in demand for housing.


Zillow to make cash offers for houses in Twin Cities based on its 'Zestimates'

Zillow, other iBuyers say their approach makes selling a house easier; others are not so sure.


Good news for renters? Twin Cities apartment vacancies are rising

The market appears to be giving renters more clout, aligning supply, demand.


What's hot in Twin Cities area real estate: Million-dollar homes

Upper-bracket home sales are being fueled by record low mortgage rates, rising home equity and a hot stock market that's enabling wealthy homeowners to trade up to even more expensive homes.


Busiest January in 15 years for Twin Cities housing market

Last month ended with 43% fewer homes on the market than a year ago, suggesting a challenging 2021 for buyers.


Minnesota housing market stays red hot in January

Home sales were up sharply across the state last month, with northern regions posting the largest gains.


Amid virus, developers woo Twin Cities area renters with fresh air

Purifying systems and other features are being built to ease concerns during pandemic.


Hot January adds up to best start in two decades for Twin Cities homebuilders

With few homes on the market, a trade group says surging demand has 'the market moving at an incredible pace.'


Pandemic has more Twin Cities home buyers looking outward

Pandemic is turning Twin Cities housing market inside out, with remote work lessening downtown's appeal.


What were the hottest housing markets in the Twin Cities metro area?

With mortgage rates falling to record lows and a pandemic upending how and where people want to live, sales exceeded new listings throughout much of the metro. Find out how your community fared in our searchable Hot Housing Index for 2020.