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Taylor Morrison Selects Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest software provider for the homebuilding industry, is pleased to announce Taylor Morrison has selected Constellation’s NEWSTAR Enterprise homebuilding system to manage the production of all Taylor Morrison single-family, multi-family, and condominium projects.

Taylor Morrison selected Constellation for its robust and highly scalable solution for its homebuilding operations, in an effort to focus on what Taylor Morrison does best; develop communities and build homes.

Bob Witte from Taylor Morrison remarked, “Rather than continuing to enhance the homebuilding solution our Morrison business was using for production needs; we felt our competency to build homes, together with Constellation’s competency to build software for homebuilders, formed a mutually beneficial relationship with both parties doing what they do best.”

Constellation will provide the NEWSTAR Enterprise solution for production homebuilding as well as NEWSTAR Sales and Constellation BuildPro. NEWSTAR Sales will allow Taylor Morrison to focus on selling more homes and options in a challenging market, with fewer errors and higher margins. With Constellation BuildPro, powered by Hyphen Solutions, Taylor Morrison gets a proven field scheduling solution, used by many of North America’s largest homebuilders. “BuildPro, SupplyPro and NEWSTAR Enterprise combine to provide compelling cost savings for any high production homebuilder”, explains Bob Witte at Taylor Morrison.

“Constellation is excited to be a long-term partner with Taylor Morrison,” exclaims Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “When we entered the homebuilding industry, our goals were to become the leading solutions provider to homebuilders and to provide solutions that make them more profitable. Since our inception, we have made long term investments in development, service, and support to provide homebuilders with a completely integrated IT solution for all their needs from dirt to warranty. Most homebuilders select Constellation for our dedication to the industry, our high quality products, and our outstanding customer support.”

About Taylor Morrison
Taylor Morrison is one of the top homebuilders in North America, specializing in building first-time, mid-market and mid-to-upscale housing in both master planned and urban infill neighborhoods in more than 280 communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Texas. The company also operates under the Monarch brand in Ontario, Canada, where it builds single-family homes and high-rise condominiums. Taylor Morrison is a wholly owned subsidiary of Taylor Wimpey plc (LON: TW), a homebuilding company with 125 years of experience and operations in the United Kingdom, North America, Spain and Gibraltar.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
Constellation has helped more than 1,400 homebuilding companies contain and manage their information technology costs with integrated software solutions to run their business from dirt to warranty. From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty and vendor portal solutions designed exclusively for the homebuilding industry.

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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
Phone: (888) 723-2222
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Make an Extra $1,000 per Home

Thursday, January 17th, 2008
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Craig Schweikart

In this article we will discuss the value of integrated purchasing and how it can improve the profitability on each and every home you build. Industry experts and the NAHB for years have touted the value of purchase order and work order management.

It is a simple process – - – estimate your costs and hold the trades accountable to their pricing. The idea is to send your suppliers and subcontractors written documentation in advance outlining the agreed upon pricing and the scope of work the sub is responsible for. These bids can either be solid estimates or lump sum prices. Later on when invoices are received, the invoices can readily be compared to the original purchase orders.

The value comes from having agreement across estimates, purchase orders, pay-points and job cost information. An integrated purchasing system does this automatically and all you need to do is manage the exceptions or variances. If these four components are not automatically integrated you have to manage all the detail manually. The result is you manage all of the “mundane detail” four times and exceptions need to be tracked in a fifth process.

There are several problems you can anticipate with a “stand-alone” purchasing system. Without an integrated system you are liable to run into the common problem of double billing of invoices. Another problem is that multiple manual processes are error prone and time consuming.

Most experts agree that an integrated purchase order system can generate cost savings of 10 to 20 dollars per cost code. I would bet most of you would agree by focusing attention on pre-pricing your labor and material based on estimates, then holding your trades to that price (after all they agreed to the price) — you could save at least $10 per cost code on average. You will save less on some and much more on others and remember this is not just a one time savings; you will be saving ten dollars for each cost code on each house!

If you are structured like most builders you typically have about 100 to 120 cost codes per house. So, do the math – - – a purchase order system is expected to generate between $1000 and $1200 per house in cost savings. If you build and close one house per month or 12 per year you can add at least $12,000 in profits just by implementing a purchase order system.

In today’s market what could you do with an additional $12,000? What if you could reach the cost savings of $20 per cost code?

In addition to the financial savings, a strong purchase order system will greatly reduce headaches. Everything your subcontractors are responsible for is well documented so there is little room for dispute later on. Similarly paying your bills becomes a more automated, faster process with far less error.

If you look for software solutions to help manage your business take care to select a product with a strong purchase order and work order system. Make sure it has a proven track record for generating results similar to those in our example and you won’t be disappointed.

About the featured Author
As a respected consultant and national speaker, Craig Schweikart has developed and presented numerous seminars to homebuilders. He has spent over twenty years advising homebuilders on system selection, process management, and profit improvement.

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Constellation NEWSTAR Regional User Conference

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
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Thanks to the tremendous response we received for our October Annual User Conference in Las Vegas– Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is pleased to invite you to our one-day Regional User Conference on January 22, 2008 in Toronto, Canada.

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Registration: 8:00 – 9:00 am
Session Start Time: 9:00 – 5:00 pm
Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Hilton Suites Toronto / Markham
Fee: $350.00

*Early Bird Special (special offer valid until January 16, 2008)
Register before on or before January 16, 2008 to be eligible for our Early Bird rate. Prices go up January 17, 2008 to $399.00 per registration.

Agenda:
- Welcome Greeting
- NEWSTAR Update
- New Product Development Roadmap
- Enhancements / Reporting / FOCUS
- Production Scheduling – OnLocation Schedule and BuildPro
- Overview – NEWSTAR Sales
- Overview – NEWSTAR LandDev
- The Power of SQL
- Database and Hardware Optimization

In spite of the current US economic challenges, Constellation has been able to win new sales and build our customer base to serve more customers than anyone else in the homebuilding software industry. By hiring the best people, investing in new technologies and delivering word-class support, we have been able to release exciting new products and achieve improved levels of customer satisfaction.

This is an ideal opportunity to hear stories about how homebuilders are working to meet the challenges of rising labor and materials costs, and how they use our software to help increase sales and grow their businesses. We will have experts available to answer questions about Constellation’s suite of products.  As well, attendees can learn from other builders and how they have utilized NEWSTAR to become more efficient.

On January 22, 2008, you are invited to attend a range of sessions covering new product development, future product direction, and best practices and optimization. We are presenting dynamic in-depth sessions on new product initiatives, production, scheduling, land development, sales and marketing and accounting solutions – all designed help you achieve success today and in the future.

Our User Conferences are an important part of our continuing commitment to be a responsive and valued partner to builders across North America. To benefit from our interactive user conference, now is the time to act.

For more information and to register, click on the link below, or contact Cathy Kotsopoulos at (888) 723-2222 ext. 6140.

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