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Housing and census data reveals the nation’s growing housing affordability issue

Data released in September, by the National Association of Home Builders, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development illustrates a growing problem of housing affordability nationwide. The information shows there is a “mismatch between the actual prices of new homes and the prices buyers expect to pay — providing […]

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Sable Homes partners with Northview Next Career Center to provide students with hands-on learning

Sable Homes is part of an initiative that Northview Public Schools is launching to expand career pathways and provide flexible learning options for students. Northview Next will begin this fall for students ages 15-20 who don’t necessarily fit in traditional high school settings, Brent Dickerson, assistant principal of Northview Public Schools, told the Grand Rapids […]

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Sable Homes President John Bitely featured on WOOD Radio’s CEO Spotlight

Sable Homes President John Bitely was a recent guest on Wood Radio’s Corp! Magazine CEO Spotlight segment with Justin Barclay. During the July 3 live radio segment, Bitely discussed the need for skilled trade workers and housing affordability, not just in West Michigan, but also nationwide. “One of the biggest challenges and concerns I have […]

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Sable Homes President John Bitely talks 2019 Spring Parade of Homes with WZZM

In conjunction with the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids celebrating its 60th Parade of Homes, Sable Homes President John Bitely and HBA board member Amanda Wildman spoke with WZZM 13 News about what attendees will discover at this season’s Parade of Homes. “There are all different levels of what’s cool,” Bitely said during […]

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Tour Sable Homes’ Newest Model at the Grand Rapids 2019 Spring Parade of Homes

Get an inside look at Sable Homes newest home style, the Karolynn model, during the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids 2019 Spring Parade of Homes. This is Sable’s newest top-of-the-line home nestled on 3.4 acres in Rockford’s coveted Crowning Acres neighborhood. The 5-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Parade home features over 3,000 square feet of living […]

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Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Provides Tech Center Construction Graduates with Cat Footwear boots

Grand Rapids, Mich., May 9, 2019 – The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation, in partnership with Cat Footwear, presented each of the 2019 Kent Career Tech Center construction program graduates with a free pair of Cat footwear work boots during a ceremony on Thursday, May 9. HBA’s Next Generation committee John Bitely […]

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Sable Homes President John Bitely talks with GRBJ about ‘Missing middle’ concerns

As the rising cost of single-family homes continues to price out middle-income buyers, West Michigan homebuilders are working to meet the demand for more affordable, quality homes. According to data from the National Association of Home Builders, more developers nationwide are beginning to build for the “missing middle,” or moderate-income homebuyers, rather than building the […]

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How developers and municipalities can mitigate “Missing Middle” and scarce new housing inventory issues

Grand Rapids, Michigan, and surrounding areas have been named among the nation’s hottest real estate markets and best places to live by U.S. News and World Report, WalletHub and Trulia.com. But our local communities are facing housing issues similar to those in larger metropolitan areas, like Manhattan, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Two issues that […]

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John Bitely discusses ‘Middle America’ in guest column featured in Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently featured a guest column written by Sable Homes President John Bitely. In his column published online on Jan. 4 and in print on Jan. 7, Bitely highlights Sable Homes’ housing initiatives in the Newaygo and Sparta communities in 2018. The Rockford-based developer worked with The Newaygo County Area Promise Zone […]

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