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HBA Foundation Clay Shoot 2022

The Sable Homes team had a great time at the 2022 HBA Foundation Clay Shoot at Caledonia Sportsman Club on Oct. 20. The fall weather couldn’t have been better — sunny and slightly warm for late October in Michigan. A perfect day to support the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation, and help […]

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John Bitely named a Top 200 Most Powerful Business Leader in West Michigan for four straight years by Grand Rapids Business Journal

For the fourth 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 top business leader in the construction and design category for 2022. He was also […]

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John Bitely to GRBJ: Attainable housing in West Michigan continues to shrink, largely due to government regulation

For years, Sable Homes President John Bitely has been working tirelessly with local chambers of commerce, economic organizations like The Right Place, and municipalities in an effort to provide an ample supply of workforce housing in West Michigan. In a recent interview with the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Bitely said this obstacle will only continue […]

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John Bitely to FOX 17: ‘Be prepared for higher rents’ as housing crisis continues in West Michigan

In an interview with FOX 17, Sable Homes President John Bitely explained that the housing crisis in West Michigan will likely get worse before it gets better. “The housing market is still very active. It’s different than it was in that we’re seeing single offers instead of multiple offers on homes,” Bitely told FOX 17. […]

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John Bitely looks ahead to upcoming Spring Parade of Homes, sees light at the end of the tunnel for supply chain issues

Ahead of the upcoming 2022 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes, Sable Homes President John Bitely sees the light at the end of the tunnel after two years of supply chain issues. “Parade of homes has been a long-standing event for the Home Builders Association,” Bitely told WZZM 13 during an interview at Sable Homes’ […]

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Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation funds needed tools and scholarships to GRPS Academy of Design and Construction

On May 31, the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation (HBAF) donated a total of $4,500 to fund two scholarships and essential tools and equipment for students at Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Academy of Design and Construction. HBAF member businesses that came together to donate funds for needed tools included Lake Michigan Credit […]

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John Bitely addresses affordable housing as guest speaker in Grand Rapids Business Journal panel discussion

Sable Homes President John Bitely was invited to participate in the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Breakfast Series panel discussion about affordable housing at Frederik Meijer Gardens on Wednesday, April 13. He was joined by Vera Beech, executive director of Community Rebuilders; Ryan VerWys, CEO ICCF Community Homes; and Ryan Kilpatrick, executive director of Housing Next, […]

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John Bitely examines the struggles and successes of working in rural communities to construct high-density housing

In the Greenville Daily News’ fourth segment of its Focus on Housing series, published April 11, Sable Homes President John Bitely details the affordable housing issues facing rural West Michigan communities. Speaking at the United Way Community Leadership Conference on March 18 at Belding High School, Bitely shared his thoughts on the issue he said […]

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