Category: <span>Sable in the News</span>

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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John Bitely tells Fox 17 how Sable Homes and Newaygo officials teamed up to help housing shortage

To help West Michigan’s housing shortage, John Bitely, president of Sable Homes, told Fox 17 his team and Newaygo officials found a compromise that is adding housing in the city – one that Bitely hopes other communities will learn from. In 2017, Sable Homes took over River Hills Estates in Newaygo, which had sat unfinished […]

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State officials eye Sable Homes’ River Hills Estates as model development for solving housing crisis

State officials and economic developers are eyeing Sable Homes’ River Hills Estates development in Newaygo as a new home development model that could solve the workforce housing crisis in Michigan. John Bitely, president of Sable Homes, has long recognized the need for workforce housing for the “missing middle.” In early 2020, he began working with […]

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Alabama media seeks home purchasing expertise from Sable Homes’ Karin Kay

Trussville Tribune outside Birmingham, Alabama, sought Rockford, Michigan-based Sable Homes Sales Manager Karin Kay for her real estate expertise when buying a new home in 2021. In addition to Kay, the Jan. 5 story featured national housing industry experts from Atlanta, Georgia; Montgomery, Alabama; and Tampa, Florida, who shared these five steps for home buyers […]

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GRBJ: Community collaboration sets ‘unique’ stage for Sable Homes’ River Hills Estates in Newaygo

Sable Homes of Rockford, Newaygo County and the Michigan Land Bank Authority came together to execute a first-of-its-kind use of brownfield incentives to support construction of 20 new workforce homes in the city of Newaygo. The Newaygo County Commission gave its unanimous support to incentives to help pay for infrastructure and site preparation costs at […]

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Newaygo community welcomes Sable Homes’ upcoming River Hills Estates neighborhood

The Newaygo County Commission has given unanimous support for incentives to help pay for infrastructure and site preparation costs at Phase II of River Hills Estates, a new neighborhood of market rate homes in the City of Newaygo. “Homes in River Hills Estates are designed to be affordable for ‘missing middle’ home buyers who may […]

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John Bitely named a top West Michigan business leader for second year in a row by the Grand Rapids Business Journal

For the second year in a row, Sable Homes President John Bitely has been named one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders in West Michigan. Bitely, who founded Sable Developing Inc. in 1996, was named a GRBJ 2020 top business leader in the construction and design category for 2020. He was […]

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Grand Rapids Business Journal: Sable Homes receives brownfield incentives to construct 16 new homes in Newaygo’s River Hills Estates

John Bitely, president of Sable Homes and North River Hills, told the Grand Rapids Business Journal that the company will use brownfield incentives to construct a new home development in the city of Newaygo. The Rockford-based home developer and its subsidiary, North River Hills LLC, earned brownfield incentives to build 16 new homes in River […]

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FOX 17 speaks with Sable Homes about how they are adjusting house plans for buyers to better accommodate those working from home

SPARTA, Mich. — Sable Homes General Manager Bryan Burnham told FOX 17 they were just entering their busiest time of year when the governor’s executive orders forced them to shut down for seven weeks last spring. And when they started back up, they found material was very low. “While residential construction was shut down, remodeling […]

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