home builders http://michiganradio.org en Michigan is experiencing a construction labor shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-experiencing-construction-labor-shortage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the depths of the Great Recession, here are words that we thought we might never hear again - "Help Wanted."</span></p><p>Construction jobs are going begging.</p><p>Five years ago, Michigan’s construction industry was fighting to stay alive.</p><p>Now it’s on the rebound, but home builders say they need more workers. And they’re not finding enough folks apparently willing to put in a hard day’s work on a construction site. The Grand Rapids Community College's residential construction program only drew five students.</p><p>What’s with the construction labor shortage?</p><p>John Bitely is the President and Owner of Sable Homes in Grand Rapids, and he joined us today along with Donald Grimes. Grimes is a senior research associate with the University of Michigan, specializing on economic forecasting and regional economic development in Michigan.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:11:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14927 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is experiencing a construction labor shortage Michigan home builders have trouble finding skilled workers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-home-builders-have-trouble-finding-skilled-workers <p>Building permits are up by more than a third this year in Michigan.&nbsp; Home prices are also rising.</p><p></p><p>These should be great days for Michigan’s homebuilding industry, which nearly ground to a halt during the recession.</p><p></p><p>But there’s a problem: not enough workers.</p><p></p><p>A survey finds a third of Michigan homebuilding contractors are having trouble finding enough workers to do the job.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:30:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 12787 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan home builders have trouble finding skilled workers Michigan home builders more optimistic http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-home-builders-more-optimistic <p>Michigan’s home builders are more optimistic now than they’ve been in several years.</p><p></p><p>A new survey by the Home Builders Association of Michigan shows improving housing starts and other trends give home builders and remodelers hope that they're emerging from the recession. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says some markets, like Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, are already seeing an increase.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“Trends are all trending upward,” says Robert Filka, the association’s CEO, “We’re very optimistic about the outlook for the industry.”</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 00:56:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 9722 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan home builders more optimistic Fewer new homes available for buyers in southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-new-homes-available-buyers-southeast-michigan <p>There is a growing shortage of new homes in southeast Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That could be&nbsp;good news to the region&rsquo;s home builders who have been struggling since before the recession began.</p><p>New home construction bottomed out in southeast Michigan in 2009 when few people were in the market for a home, new or not.</p><p>Last year, the number of home construction permits tripled, but still demand for new homes outstripped the supply.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:02:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 6234 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer new homes available for buyers in southeast Michigan President Obama's economic plans could affect Michigan home builder http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obamas-economic-plans-could-affect-michigan-home-builder <p>&nbsp;The nation&rsquo;s home builders are one group expected to closely watch President Obama&rsquo;s economic address to Congress this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;Pulte&nbsp;Homes of Bloomfield Hills is the nation&rsquo;s largest home builder.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.pulte.com/">Pulte</a>, like its competitors, has seen its sales plummet as the housing market crashed in recent years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And past government efforts to prop up the housing market with tax breaks have failed to spur new home construction.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 03 Sep 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4021 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama's economic plans could affect Michigan home builder