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Sable Homes President John Bitely discusses local labor cost and availability in post-Great Recession era

It’s been about nine years since the Great Recession hit and while the market bounced back, developers are having a hard time keeping up with demand — they don’t have enough hands to build. “There’s a lot of really good people that got wiped out in that terrible recession; we made it through,” Sable Homes […]

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National residential and commercial construction concerns also felt in West Michigan

We know there is a nationwide shortage of buildable lots and skilled labor for the housing market. This also holds true for us in greater Grand Rapids, which was ranked third in Realtor.com’s top 10 U.S. cities with the “biggest housing shortages.” But homebuilders shouldn’t get too discouraged. Housing affordability still remains favorable heading into […]

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Sable Homes hosts job shadow student to inspire next generation workforce

ROCKFORD, Mich. – Dec. 1, 2016 – According to construction trade organizations such as the Home Builders Association of Michigan and the Construction Association of Michigan, the state is facing a shortage of qualified tradesmen and women, which presents a drag on the state’s economic growth. To help create interest in the building trades, on […]

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Builder Confidence High, Interest Rates Likely to Stay Low in Remainder of 2016

The market look for home builders looks strong and if the trend continues, this should carry into the New Year. Builder confidence for newly-built, single-family homes held steady in November at a level of 63 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). According to the National Association of Home Builders […]

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