Archive for April, 2009

BuildSoft Welcomes New Director and Reports Record-breaking Month for March 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Markham, ON, April 24, 2009 — Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilder accounting software, is pleased to welcome Dan Rich back to our team as Sales and Marketing Director for the BuildSoft division.

After three years of public accounting experience and six years as CFO for a multi-state homebuilder, Dan joined BuildSoft. During his eight years at BuildSoft, Dan was instrumental in the success of BuildSoft and the growth of its customer base. He held sales management, executive management and product development positions during the most lucrative years of the company. Dan has an extensive background in software sales for small, medium and large residential remodelers and builders.

Constellation acquired the BuildSoft product in December 2006 and invested in enhancing and improving the product. As a result of this effort, a significant turn-around in customer satisfaction has been witnessed, as reflected in the customer testimonials and references.

After a reintroduction to the newly enhanced BuildSoft product, Dan was impressed with Constellation’s commitment to the product and the many improvements that have been incorporated. These improvements and the introductory pricing available from Constellation have been a contributing influence in Dan’s decision to rejoin the company.

BuildSoft also won Constructech’s Top Products Award for 2009, in the Trusted Product category.

BuildSoft posted a record-breaking month in March with the highest monthly sales in 5 years. With 13 new customers having implemented their software, it is clear builders are beginning to see an increase in activity, and are reorganizing themselves to automate their operational processes in anticipation of better times.

Dan’s addition to the team is sure to reenergize the homebuilder software marketplace, and increase the sales momentum that BuildSoft has generated so far.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems:

As the largest home building software company in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,100 builders 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, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, and vendor portal solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry.

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Constellation User Conference – Large Builder Roundtable Discussion

Friday, April 24th, 2009
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We had a number of medium and large volume builders discussing everything from the recent stimulus programs, selling new homes, doing more with less, implementing software systems, working with trades and suppliers, vendor portals, home builder websites, the impact of green building on home builders. Some of the builders share their success stories in the current market and how they are leveraging technology to do more with less.







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Constellation User Conference – Get the Information You Need from Your Accounting System

Friday, April 24th, 2009
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As a follow-up to our Coping with Financial Distress webinar from last August, this session will help Canadian and US builders identify how to analyze those ratios that are the most important in running their business. Using the information from your accounting systems can help you improve your bottom line and increase your profits. In addition, timely communication to lenders from their builders will help ensure viable financing solutions. Steve Hays and Felicia Malter, Partners in the Home Builder Services Group at RubinBrown LLP, will also share some information about what financial reporting might look like as we prepare for better times.







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Constellation User Conference – Implementing a Purchase Order System

Friday, April 24th, 2009
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Many builders, both small and large, can achieve cost advantages and improved forecasting using purchase orders. In this session, builders will learn how to reduce costs as a result of issuing purchase orders and paying trades without relying on completion slips and invoices. Even if you are already using purchase orders for your trades, this session will provide additional opportunities for process improvement.







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Constellation User Conference – Online Homeowner Warranty and Maintenance

Friday, April 24th, 2009
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Now that the housing boom is behind us and the entire industry is dealing with a new reality, managing warranty and service costs is very important. In this session, we’ll show you how many builders have reduced their warranty and service costs, and improved customer satisfaction and referrals with small investments in online homeowner manuals, maintenance guides, newsletters and service request portals.


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Constellation User Conference – Small Builder Roundtable Discussion

Friday, April 24th, 2009
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Similar to the Large Builder Roundtable this group provided an inside look at small and medium sized builders discussing the recent stimulus programs, selling new homes, doing more with less, implementing software systems, working with trades and suppliers, vendor portals, home builder websites, and the impact of green building on home builders. Each builder describes their experiences dealing with conditions in their market and how they use technology and processes to do more with less.







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Constellation User Conference – Lead Qualification and Sales Best Practices

Friday, April 24th, 2009
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Today’s home buyers are fearful of making a buying decision and consumer confidence is at historic lows. We as sales people must do all the heavy lifting to get them to want to buy. The key to this is repetitive contact and building a trusted relationship to enable them to take action without regret. This means using your system to its fullest to keep in touch with the prospect. None of us can remember all the details and the necessary follow-up schedule. This session will explore the reasons for the fear, despite the great values in the market, and justify the use of valuable tools you may already have to make high tech equal high touch.







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