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Jim Buchta

Reporter | Residential real estate
Phone: 612-673-7376

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.
Recent content from Jim Buchta
In this Feb. 26, 2018, photo, construction workers work on a new townhouse in Wood-Ridge, N.J.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) ORG XMIT: MIN2018041715464

November market stays hot for Twin Cities homebuilders

Despite the pandemic, Twin Cities housing construction permits continue to outpace last year.
Twin Cities-based Lupe Development Partners has moved forward this month on two rental projects aimed at low-income renters: An 111-unit building that

Developer moves ahead with Lake Street, Edina apartment projects

Amid pandemic, apartments in Minneapolis, Edina target low-income tenants.
Despite the pandemic, "Sold" signs have been common all over Minnesota during 2020 as the real estate market posted sales gains..    ] Staff photo by

Home sales jump in rural Minnesota: 'COVID-19 has reshaped the housing market.'

North Central Minnesota saw closings jump 63% in October, according to data from a trade group.
Developer Kelly Doran has obtained  financing to build a pair of matching four-story buildings in St. Anthony with 492 units that will wrap around a c

St. Anthony to replace shuttered Walmart with 492 apartments

The development will include two buildings with tweaked designs to address COVID-related issues.
Minneapolis vandalism targets include 198-unit affordable housing development

Minneapolis vandalism targets include 198-unit affordable housing development

The apartments were expected to hit the market later this year.
Mortgage delinquencies double in the Twin Cities

Mortgage delinquencies double in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities and the nation saw delinquency rates surge to historic levels in April along with unemployment.
'Leave the lights on,' agents tell sellers as virus reshapes Twin Cities home sales

'Leave the lights on,' agents tell sellers as virus reshapes Twin Cities home sales

Realtors are changing the way they sell houses as they brace for economic downturn.
Twin Cities builders group hits pause on Parade of Homes

Twin Cities builders group hits pause on Parade of Homes

The event will be suspended until at least April 2.
Virus jitters hit the Twin Cities housing market

Virus jitters hit the Twin Cities housing market

The fear of the economic fallout extending to jobs and incomes has some buyers and sellers on edge.
In-Focus Systems site foreman Andrew Henriksen, left, and technician Gavin Pendal worked to install a 133-inch projection screen and Epson 4k projecto

For Twin Cities hotels and rentals, Final Four is sweet, but no Super Bowl

College basketball is big business for lodging, but it doesn't match the corporate-fueled frenzy of pro football.