Jim Buchta

Reporter | Residential real estate
Phone: 612-673-7376
Jim Buchta is the Star Tribune's residential real estate reporter, covering the Twin Cities housing market and its trends. He also contributes to the Star Tribune's Travel section.

Recent content from Jim Buchta

Twin Cities area ranks No. 2 in housing affordability

Gains in income offset higher interest rates and price increases for Twin Cities home buyers.

Updated: October 23, 2013, - 09:01 PM

Home sales slip in Minnesota, nationally

Statewide sales dipped in September, but were still ahead of the same month in 2012. The same trend was seen...

Updated: October 21, 2013, - 09:10 PM

Wells Fargo continues cutting local jobs

Sharp drop in mortgage refinancing business is blamed.

Updated: October 17, 2013, - 11:19 PM

Twin Cities exurbs see a return of new home construction

In several cases, Twin Cities-area developments halted amid the recession have been brought back to life.

Updated: October 15, 2013, - 09:13 PM

Booming market drives up rents and squeezes out renters

The apartment boom underway in the Twin Cities is adding thousands of rentals across the metro area, from lavish lofts to trendy units inspired by feng shui. Only problem is, many people can’t afford them.

Updated: September 29, 2013, - 09:51 AM

Home prices get a boost, locally and nationally

But annual increases have slowed in the Twin Cities and elsewhere.

Updated: September 24, 2013, - 09:37 PM

New Whole Foods store helps round out North Loop

The opening of a Whole Foods market in the neighborhood is a key addition that will piggyback on a housing...

Updated: September 21, 2013, - 11:12 PM

New home permits hit 5-year high, as expected

Apartment sector dipped overall, but was still active in Twin Cities.

Updated: September 18, 2013, - 09:37 PM

House that Jimmy Jam built might become a teardown

One of the most famous houses on Lake Minnetonka, a 22,000-square-foot mansion built by the record producer who made Janet Jackson famous, has fallen into foreclosure and the bank is looking for a buyer who will either spiff it up or tear it down.

Updated: September 14, 2013, - 02:28 PM

Mortgage rates inch higher, but Twin Cities home sales are strong

Even as mortgage rates inch higher, Twin Cities home sales are strong. Limited inventory and fewer foreclosure sales are contributing factors.

Updated: September 13, 2013, - 09:08 AM

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