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The State of Michigan is offering first time home buyers (which is defined as not having owned a home is the last three years) a $3,000 grant towards the purchase of a home. In addition, veterans can receive an additional $2,000 which would give them a total of $5,000 toward there home. The amount of grants that will be awarded is limited so don’t wait!
The National Association of Home Builders released it’s latest report on improving housing markets. The Grand Rapids and Holland markets remain on this list and the Ann Arbor market has been added, raising the number of Michigan housing markets showing signs of improving to nine.
“This latest report from the National Association of Home Builders is another indicator that the housing industry is leading the way in the nations and Michigan’s economic recovery. Said John Bitely, president, Sable Homes, “With nine Michigan markets showing signs of recovery for more than six months, home builders are feeling more confident that the state’s economy is going in the right direction.”
A complete list of all 201 metropolitan areas currently on the IMI, and separate breakouts of metros newly added to or dropped from the list in December, is available at www.nahb.org./imi.
Soon enough the snow is going to fly. Did you want to get moved into a new home by the holidays? Check out our move-in ready homes! We can get you into one of these homes by the holidays!
As school is quickly approaching, is your home ready? Organization is key to an easy transition from summer to school. Our lockers in two of our home models are very one school friendly way to keep organized and look great! How do you organize for school?
Perfect! Sable homes would love to help you out in getting started with a new home built and customized to your personal preferences that would be ready for you to move in before Christmas. Wouldn’t you love to have this years Holiday party in your brand new home? Call us today to get started!
Wouldn’t you want to live in a school district and send your children to a school that has the best amenities and programs? A school that offers 17 different advance placement courses, this being more than any single high school in West Michigan. A school who is the only public school in Michigan with an ice arena. A school that offers your children the option to take four years of Latin, German, Spanish, or French. No this isn’t one of you super schools that you might be expecting, this is and more is what Kentwood schools has to offer you and your family. The Kentwood area is the third most popular area for new single family homes according to Builder Track. With Sable offering you two developments in this area how much better can it get! Our Bailey’s Grove and our Creekwood Village homes are located in great areas with easy access to many main roads. Call our office today at (616) 866-3913 we would love to show you around.
See more of what Kentwood schools has to offer and their successes!
• Glenwood Elementary was selected by the Michigan Department of Education as a Distinguished Title I School
• Walid Azam, Crossroads’ graduate, received the student volunteer of the year award from Governor Snyder
• Kentwood has the only 3rd – 8th self contained Gifted and Talented program in the State
• Every Kentwood building has wireless technology for student learning
• Kentwood administered 558 Advanced Placement exams to their students this past year
• Our district has students from 63 different countries who speak 65 different languages
• Kentwood was one of only five school districts across the state selected by the Department of Ed to participate in the Pacesetters Academy
• East Kentwood High School has over 30 students graduating with a 4.0 GPA or higher each year
• Our We the People Team has won 14 state championships and finished among the top ten in the nation six times. We have won more state titles than any other Michigan school.
• Kentwood has a Long Range Strategic Diversity Plan, the first of its kind in Kent County
• Kentwood Transportation raised over $9,000 for Relay for Life
Floor Plans With Flexibility
One of the needs that seem to be prevalent today when searching for a new home is having the ability to modify a home’s living space according to changing needs as times progresses. Maybe a first time home buyer looking to grow their family, homeowners wanting to add a home office, even adult children deciding to move their aging parents in – anyway you look at it the ability to modify living space is a huge benefit when choosing a new home.
Many buyers are looking to maximize the space within their home to allow for functionality utilizing various designs, some recent trends include: Bonus rooms located off of the kitchen or dining rooms, walkout basements partially finished to allow decisions to be made later down the road, and even third stalls for the garage allowing for all kinds of possibilities! Whatever your needs might be, now or in the future, take some time looking at multiple floorplan’s to find the right one now that will work for years to come.
Fall has just arrived and winter is right around the corner. There are several things to do outside in the yard and in the garden to prepare for winter. Some things are a must; others will make next years gardening easier or more productive. Doing these things now will save money and valuable time in the spring.
Here is a check list to follow:
Water evergreens, trees and perennials before the ground freezes. This step is often overlooked and many home owners assume the plants, trees and shrubs will receive water from the snow that falls. This isn’t always the case so be safe rather than sorry and water heavily before winter sets in.
Mulch after the ground freezes to prevent heaving. Heaving is what happens when the ground freezes then thaws, then freezes again. This isn’t good for the plants and shrubs but wait until the ground is frozen before adding mulch around perennials and trees.
Disconnect and drain the garden hose, coil it up and place in the cellar, garage or storage building for the winter.
Being in a new home community, you may have new landscaping. Protect any newly planted or young trees with burlap to protect from harsh winds and damaging snow. Also if you live in an area frequented by deer you might want to protect young trees with a fence to keep the deer from eating the bark and killing the tree.
Add a couple of inches of straw or hay to the strawberry and asparagus beds. Remember to pull this back in the spring when the temperatures start to rise.
Prune grape vines in the winter. Wait until the temps are down to freezing and winter is here. There is so much to do in the spring and this is one job that can be done now, just don’t do it until the winter freeze has set in.
Evergreens can take a beating during winter months. Protect evergreens with an anti-desiccant spray like Wilt-pruf, to seal in moisture. Give a second coat half way through winter for extra protection. Another option is to wrap the evergreens in burlap, especially in severe winter climates.
Bring outdoor containers indoors for the winter. Some outdoor containers can withstand the winter temperatures and the freezing and thawing. Others crack and break. This is another time an ounce of prevention can save you money.
Clean, sharpen and oil the garden tools. There is an old saying, “Take care of your tools and they will take care of you.” Wash and oil all the tools you use in the garden. Take this opportunity to sharpen any tools that need sharpening. Store them in a safe place where they will be ready to go to work, come spring.
If you are considering a new home in West Michigan, check out Sable’s website for new energy efficient homes.
The good news is that planting flower bulbs is fast, easy, and nearly foolproof. One reason bulbs are so beloved of both beginner and master gardeners is that, with so few issues to consider, gardeners can put all their effort into the fun part of gardening — design.
- When the bulbs arrive. Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool. In most parts of the country, this would be around the time of the first frosts, when evening temperatures average between 40° to 50° F. But you should plant at least six weeks before the ground freezes. You can, if necessary, store bulbs for a month or longer, if you keep them in a cool dry place. When in doubt, however, the bulbs belong in the ground. They won’t last till next season.
- Read the label. And keep the label together with the bulbs until planting. Without the label, you can’t tell the red tulips from the white ones just by looking at the bulbs.
- Where to plant. You can plant bulbs just about anywhere in your garden — so long as the soil drains well. The Dutch say, “bulbs don’t like wet feet.” So, avoid areas where water collects, such as the bottom of hills. Bulbs also like sun. But the spring garden is very sunny — the leaves aren’t on the trees yet. Get creative!
- Prepare the planting bed by digging the soil so it’s loose and workable. If it’s not an established garden bed, chances are the soil could use the addition of some organic matter such as compost or peat moss. These are available at most local garden retailers.
Tips for Planting Bulbs
- Plant the pointy end up. That’s about all you need to know. It’s easy to spot the pointy end of a tulip; tougher with a crocus. But in most cases, even if you don’t get it right, the bulb flower will still find its way topside.
- Plant big bulbs about 8″ deep and small bulbs about 5″ deep.
- No fertilizer is necessary for the first year’s bloom. Bulbs are natural storehouses of food. They don’t need anything to flower the first year. For bulbs that are intended to naturalize or perennialize (return for several years) or for bulbs that are coming into their second year, spread an organic fertilizer such as compost or well-rotted cow manure, or a slow release bulb food on top of the soil.
- If you do fertilize, never mix fertilizer in the planting hole. It can burn the roots. Also don’t follow the old adage of adding bone meal. Modern bone meal adds little nutritional value. It can also encourage pests and even dogs to dig up your bulbs looking for bones!
- Plant bulbs in clusters. Don’t plant one bulb alone, or make a long thin line along the walk. Clusters give a concentration of color for greatest impact. Even if you don’t have enough bulbs for a big bed, small clusters can make a super spring show.
- Plant low bulbs in front of high. This is a good general rule for bulbs that bloom at the same time. Our website will give you the height of the plant and it’s approximate flowering time. Of course there are times to break this rule. For example if the low growing bulbs bloom early and the tall bulbs bloom late, plant the tall in front. Their display will camouflage the dying foliage of the smaller bulbs!
- Try a double-decker effect. You can plant small bulbs in a layer right on top of large bulbs. If you plant bulbs that flower in the same period you can create an interesting double-decker effect (picture bright pink tulips blooming above cobalt blue Grape Hyacinths). Or you can stagger the bloom time by planting mid- and late-season bloomers together, creating a spring display that blooms in succession, for a whole season of color!
In the end, what you do with spring bulbs is limited only by your imagination. A few hours one brisk autumn afternoon can yield months of colorful excitement in your yard or garden next spring.
If your thinking of building a new home in Michigan, give us a call. We build energy efficient homes in new home communities or on your land.