SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The National Association of Home Builders reports that home sales rose by 25% in October. One local builder says they've had their best sales in 18 years with one problem, not enough carpenters to do the job.
John Bitley, owner of Sable Homes is having his best new home sales, in 18 years, but can't find enough carpenters to do the work.
Bitley says, "We've got a little bit lack of training and some of the people have aged out who got out during the downturn and don't want to come back if they found something else because it is a labor intensive job."
For the two homes in Sparta, he can't find a carpenter to lay the basements.
"It's probably six weeks waiting for a carpenter, which in our business is a long wait."
He says not having enough carpenters hurts the new home inventory for spring when people want to buy. That's why he wants to see an attitude shift about the trades instead of the stereotype.