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Constructech Magazine Awards Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, HomeDev Pro With a 2012 Top Product Award

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
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Markham, ON, March 28, 2012 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the leading provider of residential homebuilding software solutions in North America, today announced that Constellation HomeDev Pro wins a Top Products Award by Constructech Magazine.

The Constructech Top Products awards honor technology solutions that have demonstrated the greatest innovations geared toward the residential homebuilding market. The editorial team at Constructech magazine determines the winning products based on various criteria – the product’s overall usefulness and uniqueness to the homebuilding industry, and the customer growth rate during the past few years.  To learn more, visit www.constructech.com.

Constellation HomeDev Pro is a cloud-based residential software solution specifically designed for homebuilders that encompasses all tasks, processes and workflow to help increase productivity and maximize profits on one platform.  The new offering integrates with familiar tools such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Dynamics and other accounting solutions and is built Microsoft’s .NET Framework and Microsoft SQL Server database technology to manage the data.  HomeDev Pro offers a comprehensive solution for job costing, project management, scheduling, budgeting, purchasing, and customer/vendor communication.  The judges noted they particularly liked the portal – the latest collaboration feature to help streamline the construction process by providing secure, real-time access to information corresponding to all phases of the project.

“For the 2012 Constructech Top Products, our goal was to create a portfolio of superb technology solutions in the construction industry; one that our readers can use as they go forward with technology adoption in the coming year,” says Mike Carrozzo, chief editor, Constructech magazine. “We believe this year’s winning products provide efficient, successful options to those looking to improve business.”

“We are honored that Constellation HomeDev Pro has been recognized in the residential Constructech Top Products this year,” said Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “The launch of HomeDev Pro in 2010 is an example of Constellation’s commitment to the homebuilding industry and focus on helping residential builders streamline operations with a more complete and collaborative homebuilding management solution.”  Constellation offers the expertise, in-depth knowledge and experience to understand and meet the technology needs of homebuilders of all sizes.

About Constellation:

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,800 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated home building software solutions to run their business from websites 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, vendor portal solutions, and website solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes, HomeDev Pro, BuildSoft Pro, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. (“CSU”), the premier international provider of market leading software and services, and is a publicly traded company.

Media Inquiries:
Cathy Kotsopoulos
cathyk@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

Reflecting on IBS 2012, Lessons Learned.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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A certain sense of optimism could be felt at this year’s IBS show, with more than 51,000 builders, remodelers and other members of the home building industry in attendance of the four-day event.  While nobody claims the economy is recovering at the rate we would all like, there are signs of improvement over last year’s show.  This economy has forced us all to be more creative in finding ways to increase our growth, while keeping an eye on the bottom line.  The fine line between wanting to do more while not overextending ourselves has never been more difficult to decipher.

This sentiment was most apparent during Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech, one of the event’s keynote speakers.  He stated that 1 ¾ million homes are currently unoccupied and for sale, and one in five mortgaged homes in the US is currently ‘under water,’ meaning it’s worth less than what the homeowners owe on it.  The Federal Reserve predicts a further one million homes per year for the next three years will fall into foreclosure.  Obviously not the kind of news 2,500 people in attendance wanted to hear.  Bernanke did offer a few options on how to help the housing market stay on its delicate road to recovery.  The foreclosure to rental initiative aims to shift some of the burden of managing foreclosed and vacant homes to private investors.  By mandating that the properties be used as rentals, the program seeks to lower rent where foreclosures have hiked up demand and to stabilize communities in the hardest-hit areas.  Bernanke also discussed the option to reduce foreclosed inventory by land banks.  It was evident that it will take different options in different parts of the country for the housing market to stabilize itself.  Not one solution would fix all.

During the show, builders of various sizes, business type, needs and wants visited our booth, requiring software to accomplish a multitude of different tasks.  Some of them were looking to grow their business and wanted to leverage technology to do so; they foresee growth this year and wanted to ensure their company is technologically prepared to handle it.  Others were start-ups, some former executives from national builders starting their own company or independent builders capitalizing on new opportunities in their communities.  It became very clear that all builders were looking for ways to streamline their business operations, maximize their profits while decreasing their costs, basically to do more with less.

At Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, we are in the unique position to offer a variety of different software solutions specifically designed for the homebuilding industry.  HomeDev Pro and BuildSoft continue to have a solid base of custom and small production builders.  For builders building at the 100 home mark and looking to maintain that level, Builder360 and BuildTopia offer end-to-end functionality to address their needs.  Our flagship products, NEWSTAR and FAST are the only fully integrated single database solutions to handle every aspect of a large, multi-state production builder.  Much like the Federal Reserve will continue to work diligently for different solutions across the country, Constellation will continue to develop, support, and enhance its product suite for all types of builders.  From website to warranty we have the right product for every builder.