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 heating and cooling firm Genz-Ryan exits home construction

With home building down and interest rates up, the company will focus on service and installations.


Homebuilding in the Twin Cities fell steeply during November

In a reversal, some Twin Cities homebuilders have inventories of houses that are ready for occupancy.


Twin Cities area retail space is in demand: 'We're having our best year'

A post-pandemic surge of in-person shopping is boosting the market for brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants.


Ryan Cos. sells St. Louis Park office tower and plans to build another next door

Even in the face of declining office use, a local developer spots a chance to capitalize on a recent success.


Twin Cities housing market slows even more, and buyers gained a slight edge last month

Sellers outnumbered buyers around the metro area, but the median price is still rising.


Rising mortgage rates increase demand for apartments in Twin Cities

Vacancy rates are generally lower in the suburbs than in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Both downtowns have tipped toward renters.


Kevin Garnett's lakeside estate fetches $9M, biggest home sale of year in Twin Cities

The seven-acre property includes a 12,000-square-foot house built in 1999.


Twin Cities home builders hit the brakes after big start to year

The first half of the year was super busy for builders. But this month was the slowest October in a decade for them.


Twin Cities home market appears less likely to crash than others, data show

The pace of price increases has been slower here, suggesting that a shakeout would be less volatile.


How to price a home in Minnesota when the market is slowing

Here's what matters the most — and the least — when pricing your home to sell quickly right now.