Category: <span>Home Construction Industry</span>

Bitely to GRBJ: We’re getting back to normal — normal is stable housing

Sable Homes President John Bitely spoke with Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Pat Evans about the return of West Michigan’s housing market. “We went through three years of not normal — an incredibly heated housing market — the economy itself was incredible,” Bitely told GRBJ. “We’re getting back to normal. Normal in West Michigan is stable […]

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John Bitely: Consumer confidence in housing market on the rise as home prices fall

In a Jan. 9 CNBC report, consumer confidence in the national housing market is finally on the rise after home prices peaked six months ago, thanks to falling home prices. In West Michigan, home prices slightly mirror the national trend even when demand remains high, according to Sable Homes President John Bitely. The Rockford-based home […]

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John Bitely: Transformer shortage causing major delays in home construction nationwide

A high global demand for specialized steel and wiring has caused a critical shortage of electrical transformers, leaving some nearly-finished new home construction projects unlivable. In an interview with WZZM 13, John Bitely, president of Sable Homes, said the transformer shortage isn’t just a local or statewide issue, but it’s happening nationwide. “It is a […]

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Sable Homes, state and local entities officially welcome pilot program home development in Newaygo

Sable Homes, in cooperation with Fishbeck, the City of Newaygo, Newaygo County, and the Michigan Land Bank Authority, kicked off phase two of the River Hills neighborhood in Newaygo this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The celebration marked the official welcoming of a pilot program designed to increase Michigan’s housing stock and help alleviate […]

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WZZM talks with Karin Kay about labor, materials shortages heading into fall

While the home building industry is seeing a slight ease in lumber shortage heading into the fall, there are still many labor challenges and shortages in other materials affecting new builds. WZZM interviewed Sable Homes Sales Manager Karin Kay about these continued challenges in the housing industry. “We had high hopes in 2021 that our […]

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In 30 years of business, John Bitley tells Business Insider he’s never seen such a demand

Many companies are still struggling to keep up with backlogs of home improvement projects and new home construction due to the limited availability of materials, as well as laborers, caused by the pandemic. John Bitely, the president of Sable Homes, told Business Insider that in 30 years of business he’s never seen such demand. “We […]

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Business Insider talks with Sable Homes’ John Bitely about the consumer goods shortage

Business Insider called upon Sable Homes President John Bitely for his expertise in the home building industry to share how consumer goods shortages are affecting home prices. Many home-improvement goods including lumber, appliances, paint, and fertilizer are getting more expensive as companies continue to announce price hikes to combat shortages and rising shipping costs. Price […]

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John Bitely featured on FOX 17 about how government regulatory fees are inflating home prices

The National Association of Home Builders recently announced almost a quarter cost of new homes is tied to regulatory fees at all government levels. Sable Homes President John Bitely spoke with FOX 17 about how local regulations have not only added more cost to the price of a home, but have also slowed the process […]

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Bitely: Home builders are key to resolving lot shortages and development restrictions

While industry reports show new home construction in 2020 was the healthiest it’s been in over a decade, home builders continue to work diligently to re-calibrate the perpetual lot shortages and development restrictions that have impeded affordable new home construction for years. John Bitely, president of Rockford-based Sable Homes, the West Michigan region’s third largest […]

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