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.


Twin Cities 'housing unaffordability' leaves few options for lowest income families

The lack of affordable housing is getting worse for the lowest income families each year, with house prices at record highs and rents on the rise.


Frenetic Twin Cities home sales slow to a bit more normal

The fall market hasn't been as brisk as it was last year, but it remains one of the strongest seller's markets in recent years by virtually every measure.


Twin Cities entrepreneurs turn their RVs into lucrative 'Airbnbs on wheels'

Travelers seeking the nomadic lifestyle without the hassle of RV ownership embrace a growing number of local and national websites.


Home building permits in Twin Cities down for second month, but still high

'Fervent pace' dropping, but construction remains above historical averages in part because of strong demand earlier this year.


$50M grant will help low-income, immigrant students at Carleton

Carleton College must match grant to receive the Schuler Education Foundation funds.


Deadline extended to apply for school COVID testing money

Public and tribal schools in Minnesota will have until Oct. 15 to apply for grants that will help fund COVID-19 testing programs for students and…


No wonder it's hard to find a new home: Twin Cities has worst housing shortage in the nation

After more than a decade of underbuilding, the lack of housing poses a growing threat to the region's economic growth.


Twin Cities area home prices see another double-digit increase in August

There was a double-digit annual decline in house listings.


Free rent? Not so much anymore in the Twin Cities

The rental market in the Twin Cities is showing signs of a rebound with property managers reporting declining vacancies and rising rents so far this year.


Twin Cities home sales slipped in July amid tight supply; prices remain at record highs

Buyers signed slightly fewer purchase agreements last month compared to July 2020. And prices rose at a double-digit percentage rate.