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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.
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Obituaries: Ursula and Jerry Choromanski, founders of New Hope care center

Obituaries: Ursula and Jerry Choromanski, founders of New Hope care center

The couple, who died a week apart, thrived on work, family, faith.

Luther Seminary, Ecumen plan to build senior housing on St. Anthony Park campus

As residential student numbers ebbed, Luther sought ways to use land.
Apartment boom in Twin Cities begins a shift to the suburbs

Apartment boom in Twin Cities begins a shift to the suburbs

The Twin Cities apartment boom, which is transforming Minneapolis and St. Paul, is now thundering into the suburbs, where rentals are full and there’s plenty of developable land.
New Minneapolis apartments fuse energy efficiency with style, affordability

New Minneapolis apartments fuse energy efficiency with style, affordability

New apartments in Minneapolis aim to fuse energy efficiency with style, affordability
Saunders jumps quickly into equity crowdfunding

Saunders jumps quickly into equity crowdfunding

The former broker aims to turn regular Minnesotans into real estate investors.
Twin Cities homes sold at a record pace last month

Twin Cities homes sold at a record pace last month

  In the midst of the peak shopping season, houses in the Twin Cities metro sold at a record pace in June. Both closed and…

Developer, neighbors review new design for U.S. Bank site

Plans aim for an urban look for the U.S. Bank site.
Housing goes up in North Loop of Mpls. for less

Housing goes up in North Loop of Mpls. for less

Affordable Cameron apartments trade on North Loop’s pre-trendy roots.
3rd Home offers an upscale vacation option for people with more houses than time

3rd Home offers an upscale vacation option for people with more houses than time

Members must have an extra house worth more than $500,000 and be screened to join. When they travel, they pay a stipend that ranges from $395 to $995 per week to stay in another member’s home.
Nye's owners push closing date into 2016; neighborhood group pulls support for makeover

Nye's owners push closing date into 2016; neighborhood group pulls support for makeover

The owners of Nye’s will keep seeing customers through the fall and the Christmas holidays.
New home permits rose 15 percent in Twin Cities this month

New home permits rose 15 percent in Twin Cities this month

Housing construction in the Twin Cities metro continues its seesaw recovery.
Developer breaks ground on $54M apartment complex on Green Line

Developer breaks ground on $54M apartment complex on Green Line

On Minneapolis-St. Paul border, apartment project aims at light-rail commuters
United Properties hits hurdles for Nicollet Hotel block makeover

United Properties hits hurdles for Nicollet Hotel block makeover

United Properties must find new partners for high-profile development

Lennar Multifamily plans 20-story tower on Superior Plating site

Lennar Multifamily paid $13.7 million for Superior Plating site.
Twin Cities home sales rose nearly 20% in May

Twin Cities home sales rose nearly 20% in May

Sellers are in the driver’s seat as May pending sales rose nearly 20 percent

Real estate notebook: The Walkway in Uptown is sold

There’s been another big apartment sale in Minneapolis. It’s the Walkway, a luxury building in Uptown with a glass-bottom hot tub cantilevered over busy Lake…
Between Whole Foods and Fed, a plan for homes on Hennepin Av.

Between Whole Foods and Fed, a plan for homes on Hennepin Av.

Apartments and townhouses proposed for mostly undeveloped downtown block between Whole Foods and the Federal Reserve.
Sale of downtown Mpls. condo fetches a record $1,200 per square foot

Sale of downtown Mpls. condo fetches a record $1,200 per square foot

The sale of a downtown property set a record for price per square foot.
Apartment giant Weidner to set up regional office in Twin Cities

Apartment giant Weidner to set up regional office in Twin Cities

The Seattle company, which paid a record price for a Twin Cities apartment last fall, bought a Minnetonka building for a regional office.
U.S. housing agency wants Minnesota builders to watch for termites

U.S. housing agency wants Minnesota builders to watch for termites

Builders and pest experts say insects pose little risk in state.
Just Listed: Graves plans a condo in Uptown

Just Listed: Graves plans a condo in Uptown

Graves Hospitality plans to build a luxury, nine-unit condominium building at the corner of W. 31st Street and Holmes Avenue in south Minneapolis. The proposed…

Real Estate Notebook: It was 'top-off' week in Minneapolis

It was a milestone week for several downtown Minneapolis construction projects. On Tuesday morning, crews set the highest beam on the two 17-story towers being…
$1 million land gift helps Habitat for Humanity build townhouses in Hugo

$1 million land gift helps Habitat for Humanity build townhouses in Hugo

The nonprofit is providing home buyers with rare affordable townhouses in a Twin Cities suburb.

Housing construction in the Twin Cities metro fails to exceed 2014

Most of the permitted units in the metro area in May were single-family homes in the suburbs.
Just Listed: Work underway on Mill District project

Just Listed: Work underway on Mill District project

After years of planning, construction is underway on a mixed-use project in the Minneapolis Mill District that will be the first downtown to combine income-restricted…
Real estate notebook: Developers consider Stadium Village tower project, sources say

Real estate notebook: Developers consider Stadium Village tower project, sources say

A busy corner in Stadium Village could become the site of the city’s next new tower. A pair of veteran Twin Cities developers have been…

Minneapolis launches unprecedented program for city home buyers

A new program is an effort to promote homeownership among minorities.

$200 million federal settlement over bank's mortgage practices includes Twin Cities

HUD said Wisconsin-based bank discriminated in its mortgage lending in Minnesota, other states.
Proposal for Superior Plating site moves forward

Proposal for Superior Plating site moves forward

Plans for an 20-story project on Superior Plating site move forward
Minnesota lakeshore market expected to show big gains in 2015

Minnesota lakeshore market expected to show big gains in 2015

Memorial Day is called the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also the kickoff to the cabin shopping season. Bloomington-based brokers Dave Gooden and Cameron…
Twin Cities home supply is still tight as sales near decade's peak

Twin Cities home supply is still tight as sales near decade's peak

Home buyers in the Twin Cities are facing a vexing situation: There are thousands of more listings compared with a year ago, but the number of options is shrinking.
Twin Cities home sales surge due to low rates, higher home prices

Twin Cities home sales surge due to low rates, higher home prices

The housing market in the Twin Cities had its best month in nearly a decade, boosting confidence in the recovery — and prices.
University of Minnesota team designs award-winning house that uses little or no energy

University of Minnesota team designs award-winning house that uses little or no energy

A U of M team won a national competition on energy-efficient home design.
Housing construction in the Twin Cities not as brisk as hoped

Housing construction in the Twin Cities not as brisk as hoped

Still homebuilders are optimistic about the market.
Just Listed: Comparing the Twin Cities and U.S. housing markets

Just Listed: Comparing the Twin Cities and U.S. housing markets

House prices in the Twin Cities haven’t been rising at the same pace as the national average — 3.1 percent in the Twin Cities during…
Obituary: Donna Rae Johnson, 85, longtime attorney and rights advocate

Obituary: Donna Rae Johnson, 85, longtime attorney and rights advocate

When Donna Rae (Lambert) Johnson and her husband, a sergeant, were living just outside Augusta, Ga., in the 1950s, they loved to entertain friends of…
Real Estate Notebook: Custom tours set for new downtown Minneapolis apartments

Real Estate Notebook: Custom tours set for new downtown Minneapolis apartments

The Downtown Council, eager for more people to see and consider apartments in downtown Minneapolis, is staging the Explore Downtown Living event on May 16…
Developer revives idea for penthouse condos in St. Paul

Developer revives idea for penthouse condos in St. Paul

Developer plans to build three condos atop downtown’s Lowry Building
Plymouth senior housing project to offer on-site services

Plymouth senior housing project to offer on-site services

Plymouth project to offer range of a la carte services on site.
Twin Cities architecture firm takes cues from countryside to expand business

Twin Cities architecture firm takes cues from countryside to expand business

Two Wayzata architects hope to expand their business with an unconventional approach to the residential design process.
Developer scraps plans for boutique North Loop Minneapolis condo project

Developer scraps plans for boutique North Loop Minneapolis condo project

They said the demand for luxury condos at 602 North First wasn’t where it needed to be.
You can buy a Lake Minnetonka house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's protégé

You can buy a Lake Minnetonka house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's protégé

And you can have it for $2.295 million.
Twin Cities home sales soar 30% in March, set up strong spring

Twin Cities home sales soar 30% in March, set up strong spring

Home sales in the Twin Cities surged last month, setting the stage for the best spring market since the housing crash in 2008. But supply remains low, with 1 in 7 owners still owing more than their house is worth.
280,000-pound piece of Minneapolis skyway to house a Brainerd family

280,000-pound piece of Minneapolis skyway to house a Brainerd family

The structure will become a Brainerd family’s home after a brief stay as an art display.
Lake Minnetonka house has Prairie-style pedigree

Lake Minnetonka house has Prairie-style pedigree

This Lake Minnetonka house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's chief draftsman. You can have it for $2.295 million.

RJM Construction buys itself back from NorthMarq Companies

Independence will give more options to construction firm.
Landmark neon signs glow again in Twin Cities

Landmark neon signs glow again in Twin Cities

New funding sources and new technology make it possible to relight some of the Twin Cities' most iconic neon signs.
Despite oil woes, Bakken still a draw for Twin Cities developers

Despite oil woes, Bakken still a draw for Twin Cities developers

Domestic oil production has stalled dramatically and the oil slump has put some projects on hold, but Twin Cities developers remain upbeat about the region.
Lennar, Ryland led homebuilding in metro area last year

Lennar, Ryland led homebuilding in metro area last year

The builder’s metro-area revenue is well below its peak, but the company has been the top builder in the Twin Cities for nearly a decade.
New wave of real estate projects emerges near U campus

New wave of real estate projects emerges near U campus

More student housing and a hotel are in the planning stages.
South Minneapolis apartment project would break design mold

South Minneapolis apartment project would break design mold

A pair of New York architects hope to build an apartment building in south Minneapolis where families of all sizes could live and work together, a striking contrast to the design of many new apartment buildings.
Twin Cities housing market shakes off the 2014 slump

Twin Cities housing market shakes off the 2014 slump

Metro market picked up in February with tight inventory and fierce competition

March 5: Developer unveils final plans for apartments to replace Tryg's Restaurant in Uptown

A new restaurant will join a 164-unit luxury apartment building at the Minneapolis site.
$70 million mixed-use project planned for the North Loop

$70 million mixed-use project planned for the North Loop

The apartments on Washington Av. would include public space.
Minneapolis' 222 Hennepin gets a record price

Minneapolis' 222 Hennepin gets a record price

The project includes 286 apartments and downtown Minneapolis’ first Whole Foods.
Viewpoint: Realtor Kevin Sharkey expands Better Homes franchise to Minnesota

Viewpoint: Realtor Kevin Sharkey expands Better Homes franchise to Minnesota

In the real estate world, Kevin Sharkey has always taken the path less traveled. In the 1980s, he was among the first agents at one…
Condo developer Stanton plans new Mill District project

Condo developer Stanton plans new Mill District project

Jim Stanton’s success with the Stonebridge Lofts has led him to buy a nearby parcel.
Woodbury man dies in car-semi crash on I-94 in Wisconsin

Woodbury man dies in car-semi crash on I-94 in Wisconsin

The truck was parked on the shoulder of westbound I-94 in Wisconsin due to mechanical difficulties when an Oldsmobile crashed into it.

Hay bale hits pickup in Houston County, starts fire and seriously injures two

A runaway hay bale hit a pickup in Houston County on Saturday morning, started a fire and seriously injured two people. The incident occurred northeast…

Forest Lake hockey official arrested on DWI after St. Paul party bus is stolen

A director of a Twin Cities-area hockey club is facing a drunken-driving charge after allegedly taking a bar bus for an inebriated joy ride. Michael…

Walter Mondale released from Mayo Clinic after bout with flu

Former Vice President Walter Mondale was doing well after being released Saturday morning from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where he was being treated for…
Target Corp. cuts will reverberate in downtown Minneapolis

Target Corp. cuts will reverberate in downtown Minneapolis

Target Corp. is the dominant employer in downtown Minneapolis. So its plan to empty thousands of desks over the next two years could significantly affect an increasingly vibrant city center.
U.S. Bank provides financing for Hamline Station project

U.S. Bank provides financing for Hamline Station project

$30M Hamline Station in St. Paul includes units for lower incomes, homeless.
Building code changes prompt construction surge

Building code changes prompt construction surge

Rule changes are expected to increase the cost of building a house
Trillium Woods in Plymouth nearing completion

Trillium Woods in Plymouth nearing completion

Sprawling, $161 million Trillium Woods will include apartments, assisted living and memory care units plus many amenities and a “town center.”
Home sales in the Twin Cities off to a strong start

Home sales in the Twin Cities off to a strong start

Pending sales rose in January, signaling winter’s lull is over
Neighborhood task force OKs 30-story tower to replace Nye's

Neighborhood task force OKs 30-story tower to replace Nye's

The latest plans call for 189 rental apartments in a 30-story tower atop one level of underground parking, five levels of above-grade parking and ground-floor retail space.
Salvaged Minneapolis skyway could be your next home

Salvaged Minneapolis skyway could be your next home

The sky's the limit for this salvaged downtown relic, an 80-foot skyway section that may be the ultimate recycling project. You can have it for — wait a minute; they'll actually pay you $5,000 to haul it away.
Awash in apartments, downtown Minneapolis getting new condos

Awash in apartments, downtown Minneapolis getting new condos

These are the first new condominiums in the North Loop since before the housing crash.
Obituary: Emily West Day was 101

Obituary: Emily West Day was 101

Emily West Day never let age get in the way of doing what she loved. Well into her late 90s she traveled, helped raise money…
Nye's owner, developer plan to save oldest portions of restaurant

Nye's owner, developer plan to save oldest portions of restaurant

The two century-plus-old buildings in Minneapolis will be moved together, anchoring a retail development beside a new, 29-story apartment tower.
Nye's owner, developer: We'll preserve some stuff

Nye's owner, developer: We'll preserve some stuff

The two century-plus buildings in Minneapolis will be moved together, anchoring a retail development beside a new, 29-story apartment tower.

Reporter's notebook: What remodeling projects pay off when you sell?

Which projects pay off? With home equity rising — albeit modestly — more people are thinking about tackling long-neglected fix-up projects. So I thought it…
Twin Cities laundry service adds high-tech twist

Twin Cities laundry service adds high-tech twist

Even the laundry business is being transformed by smartphones, software and entrepreneurs like Jeff Gardner.

Fewer Twin Cities homeowners are 'underwater'

Fewer of the Twin Cities’ homeowners are “underwater.”
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