Archive for the ‘BuildSoft’ Category

PCBC Day 1 Recap

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
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Constellation had a great day 1 at PCBC 2009. We met a bunch of home builders that are just getting started or looking for ways to improve their businesses with technology. Our online home owner warranty and service guides were a hit, with a few builders learning how to reduce warranty costs, while communicating online with their new home buyers.

We had some great conversations with builders looking for integrated software systems like BuildSoft, Builder 360, NEWSTAR and FAST.  Builders are looking for sales systems as well, so it was good timing when Mike Lyon came by the booth to chat about how Constellation Sales, NEWSTAR Sales and FAST Sales are helping home builders improve their websites and prospect follow-up processes to help close more sales. (starts at about 2:45)

PCBC 2009 – San Francisco June 17-19

Friday, June 12th, 2009
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Just a reminder that we will be at PCBC (Booth 1316 South Hall) next week with several new products and enhancements for home builders. We have had a great year developing award winning software products and helping builders do more with less.

Our sales, production, and accounting systems will help builders respond more quickly to prospects, work better with trades and suppliers, build homes on time with improved quality, and reduce ongoing homeowner warranty and service costs.

See you at the show.

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.

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

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 HomeBuilder Systems Virtual User Conference

Monday, March 16th, 2009
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All Constellation customers have received invitations to our upcoming virtual user conference.  If you have still not registered, please do so using the links below.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is pleased to invite you to our first ever, Virtual User Conference on March 23 through March 27, 2009.

Join us for this FREE event in the comfort of your office, or any location with an internet connection and a phone.

Hosted by our BuildSoft, Builder 360, NEWSTAR, FAST and Constellation CRM (formerly “CFT”) product families, these series of webinars will include valuable product update sessions, industry best practices, and home builder roundtable discussions.

Delivered by Constellation experts and guest speakers, you will learn about new product enhancements, upcoming events, industry best practices, trends in the customer base, and opportunities to help you get the most out of your software system.

Product Update Sessions

On March 23rd at 1PM EST, we will be hosting the following product update sessions. Please register for the product update session of your choice using the links below.

FAST

NEWSTAR

Builder 360

BuildSoft

Constellation CRM

Industry Best Practices and Guest Speakers

Lead Qualification and Sales Best Practices

Ross Robbins – Shinn Group

March 24th at 1 PM EST

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.

Online Homeowner Warranty and Maintenance

Brad Brickman – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

March 25th at 1 PM EST

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.

Implementing a Purchase Order System

Craig Schweikart – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

March 25th at 1:30 PM EST

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.

Get the Information You Need from Your Accounting System

Felicia Malter and Steven Hays – RubinBrown

March 26th at 1 PM EST

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 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.

Builder Roundtable Discussion

On March 27th at 1PM EST, we will be hosting the following builder roundtable discussions. Please register for the session of your choice using the links below.

Small Volume Builders and Remodelers

Larger Volume Production Builders

Additional Information

Register now, or contact
Cathy Kotsopoulos
via email or by phone at (888) 723-2222 x6140.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Wins Top Products Award for BuildSoft and OnLocation Construction-Manager

Friday, January 30th, 2009
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Markham, ON, January 30, 2009Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software, is pleased to announce the winner of two Constructech Top Products awards for Constellation BuildSoft and Constellation OnLocation-Construction Manager. “Constellation is a unique company in the home building software industry.  We strive to develop world class products, work closely with our customers and provide stable solutions home builders can trust to run their business now and in the future”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “The BuildSoft system for residential builders and remodelers is a great example of how Constellation has invested in an established product to improve software, documentation, training and customer support.  BuildSoft customers agree that the product has improved immensely and we receive positive feedback on a daily basis.”

OnLocation-Construction Manager is the latest solution in the award winning suite of OnLocation mobile device applications for home builders.  In addition to core scheduling functionality and payment approval, field staff and inspectors can easily identify and record quality issues at any point during the building cycle and beyond.  Not only can vendor payment be withheld, but issues can be addressed easier and tracked over periods of time.  Using the camera capabilities of many mobile devices, you can capture photos from the field and automatically categorize them within the system. Once they are in the system, they can easily be made available for all employees and distributed to managers, vendors, and home buyers as necessary. The photos and easy identification of quality issues becomes a key tool in supplier and trade negotiations. This Constructech Top Products award for enhanced products is the third award for Constellation’s OnLocation suite of mobile device software solutions.

BuildSoft is one of Constellation’s core production and accounting systems, tailored specifically for small-volume, custom home builders and remodelers.  Our other mission critical production and accounting systems include FAST, NEWSTAR, Builder 360, BuildSoft, Constellation CRM (formerly Computers for Tracts) and LandDev.  We continue to support and enhance these systems with the latest regional and regulatory requirements and bring new functionality to help our customers improve their core operations.

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.

About Constructech Residential
Looking at information technology, building control automation, and automated home technology through the eyes of the builder, contractor, and corporate owner, Constructech magazine is focused on providing the construction industry with the necessary tools to increase productivity and profitability. Constructech Residential takes the perspective of the homebuilding professional in uncovering the true value of automated home technology options and information technology tools.

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

2009-01-30 – Constellation Top Products Award Press Release

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Continues to Develop New Home Building Software Solutions

Thursday, January 8th, 2009
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Markham, ON, January 8, 2009 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software, announces the availability of nine new homebuilding software technologies. Instead of cutting back on development, in a time when many homebuilding software companies are struggling to meet the most basic customer support requests, Constellation is taking this opportunity to increase its investment in new technology and solutions for home builders. “We are continuing to invest in new products and services for home builders and maintain our long-term commitment to the home building industry”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “As everyone knows, the home building industry and real estate in general are very cyclical and, as a result, there has been very little long term investment in software for homebuilders. The long-term stability of Constellation ensures that we will continue to support our customers and bring new solutions forward to help builders and land developers compete in any type of market condition.”

Constellation will be at the 2009 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, NV from January 20th-23rd 2009; booth #C4299. Please contact us to request an appointment, or visit our booth during the show. All of our new solutions will be available for demos and our product experts will be available for detailed discussions.

With Constellation, home builders have security and stability with their software investments and the comfort of knowing that they will be supported now and in the years to come. Our continuing investment in software for home builders and land developers will help Constellation customers manage costs more effectively and respond to changes more quickly in 2009 with the following new technologies and solutions.

Land Development

Constellation LandDev, an integrated web-based land development system designed exclusively for land developers with flexible “best practices” to automate workflow, reduce and control costs, view cash flow and job schedules, while at the same time automating many tasks that are now manually performed. LandDev includes a vendor portal and supports detailed and summary level budgeting, estimating, bidding, contracting, and payment processing with easy to manage security and approval settings.

Marketing and New Home Sales

Constellation CRM Marketing is an industry-proven new home sales and marketing system that enables you to capture all relevant customer information for targeted, customized campaign management. The hallmark of every great marketing strategy is to know and communicate effectively with your prospects. Who are they, individually or as a group? When, where and how are they likely to buy? With easy-to-use tools to help you ask the right questions, you’ll understand and meet your customers’ budget and lifestyle preferences every time. Stay ahead of the competition; improve productivity and profitability with personalized marketing campaigns to turn qualified leads into new homebuyers. This highly disciplined, flexible system gives you the unique ability to design, build and deliver buyer-qualified products with every home you build.

Design Center Upgrades and Options Selections

OnLocation-Design Center is an integrated mobile device software application that helps design center staff easily manage options, upgrades, and color selections while helping to maximize the amount of each sale. During option and upgrade selection appointments, sales staff can walk through available options and upgrades while keeping running totals and making suggestions within the home buyer’s budget. With fewer errors and no additional data entry, the sales documents and addendums are printed and signed immediately.

Executive Dashboards and Reporting

NEWSTAR Enterprise and FAST have been updated with enhanced executive dashboards and reporting functionality. With FOCUS and FAST Insight, managers, field staff, vendors, and other partners can have access to production and accounting information as needed. Key business indicators are visible in a graphical format with the ability to drill down and look at the data in additional detail when making critical decisions.

Accounting and Production System Enhancements

Constellation’s core products include home building accounting and production systems used by over 40% of the top 100 home building companies in North America and over 1,400 home builders in total. Our mission critical production and accounting systems include FAST, NEWSTAR, Builder 360, BuildSoft, Constellation CRM (formerly Computers for Tracts) and LandDev. We continue to support and enhance these systems with the latest regional and regulatory requirements and bring new functionality to each system to help our customers improve their core operations.

Field Scheduling and Quality Control

OnLocation-Construction Manager is the latest solution in the award winning software OnLocation family of mobile device applications for home builders. In addition to core scheduling functionality and payment approval, field staff and inspectors can easily identify and record quality issues at any point during the building cycle and beyond. Not only can vendor payment be withheld, but issues can be addressed easier and tracked over periods of time. Using the camera capabilities of many mobile devices, you can capture photos from the field and automatically categorize them within the system. Once they are in the system, they can easily be made available for all employees and distributed to managers, vendors, and home buyers as necessary. The photos and easy identification of quality issues becomes a key tool in supplier and trade negotiations.

Warranty and Homeowner Expectation Management: Driving Referral Sales

Constellation BuildSERV – Ownership Guide is a hosted web portal and e-mail service for the delivery of home care and warranty information to new home buyers. Multiple touch-point communication tools help you track responses and reinforce your warranty and customer service standards. Integrated lead referral programs offered during and after the warranty period will help you drive referral sales.

Home Owner Portal and Customer Self-Serve

Constellation HomePlate is a home owner web portal designed to enhance the home owner experience by providing 24/7 Internet access to construction schedules, warranty requests, and home purchase information from contract to warranty. It’s designed to deliver instant information to your customers anytime, anywhere, without phone calls or phone staff. HomePlate is easily customized to match your website and data flows seamlessly between your production system and the HomePlate website.

Database and Technology Flexibility

NEWSTAR Enterprise, FAST, Builder 360 and Constellation CRM all operate on Microsoft SQL, which is essentially becoming the industry standard database technology. Microsoft SQL, familiar to many home building professionals, provides self-tuning for database performance, replication built-in for faster and easier reporting, more security with failover clustering, and enhanced automated out-of-the-box scheduling and alert services.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

As the largest home building software company in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 1,400 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.

Media Inquiries

Cathy Kotsopoulos

ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com

(888) 723-2222

Managing your Company Out of the Downturn – Shinn Consulting and Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
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In conjunction with Shinn Consulting, we are pleased to invite you to our two-day seminar on Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday, November 6th at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colorado.

In this seminar, you will learn proven techniques to increase your operational efficiency and get the most from your information management systems.

In addition, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems will hold a 1/2 day workshop on November 7th to provide prescriptive techniques to get the most out of your existing software investment.

Managing your Company Out of the Downturn Seminar and Workshop Agenda

Constellation Virtual Online Showroom

Friday, August 15th, 2008
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Constellation Online Virtual Showroom is a web-based lead generation tool that helps educate your website visitors with interactive images of your homes.

Your potential homebuyers can see how your models and rooms look with different colors and finishes.

For more information and a demo, visit the Constellation Virtual Online Showroom.

 Here is my favourite picture.  What does your home look like?

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Exhibiting at PCBC 2008

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
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Just to remind everyone, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems will be exhibiting at PCBC next week in San Francisco.  Here are the details.

Pacific Coast Builders Conference
http://www.pcbc.com/default.aspx
June 25-27, 2008
Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA
#7535
HomeTech Connect
North Hall

If you have any questions about our Home Building Software products, please don’t hesitate to stop by the booth or give us a call.