Doyle to lead homebuilders

By Jim Totten

November 2002

Jeff Doyle likes bringing together people and their dreams.

As co-owner of Doyle Homes Inc. in Brighton, he helps design and build single family homes in Livingston County. Because Doyle homes is small, comprised of Jeff, his brother Bob, and a full time secretary, Doyle deals with the customers directly in what he describes as an emotional event. He said one woman cried for 30 minutes when she finally stepped inside her finished home.

“It gives you a great sense of accomplishment,” said Doyle about building what is usually the biggest investment a family makes. “We take a lot of pride in our company,” said Doyle.

Doyle was recently elected president of the Home Builders Association of Livingston County for 2003. The association is a nonprofit professional organization representing its members while addressing the interests of the building industry and the community at large. Doyle previously served as a committee chairman, second vice president and first-president.

Doyle said the housing market in Livingston County remains strong even though there has been a dip in the construction of single family homes in the past two years. he attributes this decrease to the decline in job growth. Despite the decline, Doyle said low interest rates have made this one of the best times in history to buy a home.

“You’re not going to get a better deal,” said Doyle.

When the economy picks up, Doyle said he’s expecting interest rates and housing prices to increase. Doyle is currently building homes in the Town Commons project, which features single family homes, townhouses and apartments and small storefronts in a traditional-style neighborhood. Sidewalks are featured throughout the development. The project is located in northern portions of Howell City on M-59 between Michigan Avenue and Byron Road.

Doyle said it’s a “cradle to grave” concept meaning a young couple can move into an apartment, later purchase a home when they have children, and then move into townhouses or senior housing at the same development. He also said children will be able to walk to a store to get an ice cream or soda without having to cross a road like M-59. He said single family homes at Town Commons start at $250,000. Doyle started Doyle homes with is brother in 1997. Prior to this, he worked 12 years for a national construction company in Florida and Maryland before returning to Michigan. He returned to Michigan with his wife and children so they could be closer to family.