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.


Developers hope $200M update brings Northstar Center back to life

Sherman Associates joins Polaris Properties in a long-awaited overhaul of a complex that covers nearly an entire block.


Study: Minorities remain much more likely to be denied mortgage in Twin Cities

The Federal Reserve of Minneapolis found that income differences account for just a portion of the gap in mortgage approvals by race.


Hines plans a 29-story tower to fill a gap in the Minneapolis skyline

The proposal comes amid soft demand for downtown office space, and would preserve an iconic mural made famous by Prince on the wall of the adjacent Schmitt Music building.


Housing prices hit record, but more sellers looking to list

Agents say higher mortgage rates are bringing Twin Cities sellers into market, as they fear their pricing power is about to erode.


New customer 'dashboard' from Edina Realty tracks the home-buying process

Backers of MyAtlas say it was designed to let buyers and sellers track the progress of a home purchase just like when you buy a pizza.


How to negotiate a mortgage in Minnesota when rates are rising quickly

Mortgage rates are at their highest level in more than a decade — and moving quickly.


Rising mortgage rates boost demand for Twin Cities apartments, pushing up rents

With fewer vacant apartments in the Twin Cities, rents increased slightly during the first three months of the year.


April was best on record for home builders in the Twin Cities area

Permits to build houses and apartments soared last month after a sluggish start to 2022.


Rental apps become a key to reviving old Minnesota hotels

Developer Grant Carlson plans to use technology to run two historic boutique hotels.


JoAnne Korkki, a good neighbor in Brooklyn Center, dies at 87

She did what she could to make the lives of her neighbors a little better.