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IBS 2013: Save the date!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
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2013 International Builders’ Show
January 22-24, 2013
Las Vegas Convention Center
Central Hall: nextBUILD
BOOTH C2255

CLICK HERE to request your FREE exhibit hall passes.

Constellation’s team of experts will once again be showcasing our line of end-to-end software solutions for the residential construction industry at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Stop by our booth for a one-on-one demonstration: we’ll be in the nextBUILD area of the Central Hall, booth C2255. Join us in Vegas!

Our Customers take Center Stage

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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Last week, Constellation customers gathered in Baltimore for our final Customer Summit of 2012. Each summit included informative training sessions on NEWSTAR and BuildTopia systems, as well as networking opportunities amongst fellow builders. This year, we decided to host our customers at our regional offices in Toronto and Baltimore to provide some insight into how Constellation works, as well as to keep the event as interactive as possible: as you can see above, there was no room for the photographer!

The day’s sessions included a Product Roadmap for 2013, as well as updates and training regarding NEWSTAR and BuildTopia. Customers were treated to a networking dinner after each day of training, where we relaxed and enjoyed some wonderful meals at the Woodberry Kitchen.

We also awarded some prizes:

Mark Baysden of DSLD Homes was presented with an iPad for submitting the most SSRS Reports in our recent contest (photo below). Jared Rogers of Simmons Homes was the lucky winner of a Microsoft Surface, simply for registering early for the NEWSTAR Summit. And Michelle Jungers of Grand View Builders took home the “early bird” Surface at the BuildTopia Summit.

Here are some comments from our builders who made the trek:

“Talking with other builders and how they do things was very helpful.” – Grand View Builders

“I found the summit very informative and useful. I look forward to us implementing some of the new applications.” – Simmons Homes

“One on one time with Constellation folks is invaluable.”Embassy Homes

A huge Constellation thank you goes out to all the builders who attended our Customer Summit. We strive to ensure that all of our customers are maximizing the value they receive from their investment in our software.

If you missed the summit, or would like to be informed of upcoming summits, please let us know!

Customers' corner: chatting, networking, learning!

Customer service review from our award-winning support team

Mark wins an iPad for submitting SSRS reports for the NEWSTAR Community


The Constellation team pep talk!

NEWSTAR Users Converge for 2012 Customer Summit

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
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NEWSTAR users from Ontario and beyond joined Constellation’s experts for a full day of networking and learning at the Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City on Wednesday, June 13. Constellation was thrilled to host 75 attendees from over 30 organizations, at an event geared towards helping current customers to maximize the software they already have – and to provide sneak peeks at the NEWSTAR enhancements that will be rolling out in the months to come.

Constellation is always listening for customer feedback, providing service, support, and opportunities to learn through a range of channels, culminating in regional summits. A number of speakers provided insights, including NEWSTAR experts and vendors highlighting software that integrates directly and seamlessly with NEWSTAR.

Blayne Parrish of Center6 demoed InformXL; helping to ensure that NEWSTAR users are using the tool to its full potential, generating reports from their NEWSTAR system in real time. John Linney of Tarion discussed MyHome, a digital platform that allows new home buyers to ensure their warranties are being upheld to legal standard. And Chang Su impressed wide-eyed builders with customizable user-controlled 3D walkthroughs of new homes. Center6’s InformXL is currently offered in NEWSTAR, with version 2.0 on the way; Tarion’s MyHome will be a big part of the next release of NEWSTAR; and Constellation is currently testing Your Home 3D with NEWSTAR.

Customers eagerly networked, discovering new ways to utilize their NEWSTAR solution that they may not have considered – furthering the NEWSTAR community through shared information and ideas. Constellation’s development team was all ears, listening for where their attention should be placed next.

Constellation’s next NEWSTAR Regional Customer Summits will be taking place in Baltimore, MD and Dallas, TX this coming fall – details to follow.  Also, customer feedback from the Summit suggested a high level of interest in a North America-wide multi-day customer summit. If you would be interested in a larger-scale summit, please contact Cathy Kotsopoulos.

NEWSTAR is a comprehensive suite of integrated software modules for homebuilders, all designed to help you increase sales, and enable you to earn more on each home with more satisfied customers.

NEWSTAR customers can access slides from the day’s keynote speakers by following this link and logging into the Client Care Center. Constellation is always available to customers through the Client Care Center, and group discussions are welcome through the private NEWSTAR LinkedIn community and the public forum of Twitter.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Exhibits End-to-End Software Solutions for Home Builders at PCBC 2012

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
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Markham, ON – June 18, 2012 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems proudly announces that 40% of the Top 200 Builders (and five of the top 10) are using Constellation’s software solutions to manage critical day-to-day operations, making Constellation HomeBuilder Systems the leading  provider of homebuilding software and website solutions for home builders across North America.

Constellation continues to provide homebuilding software solutions, continuous enhancements, and superior customer service and satisfaction.  With a comprehensive suite of fully integrated software, Constellation has become the industry’s most innovative solutions provider. Constellation is consistently able to design, deliver, and support products that exceed the changing needs of home builders. These end-to-end digital solutions are a result of the organization’s long-term commitment to the homebuilding industry and consistent investment of resources to enhance its products, services, and support.

“At Constellation, our solutions are designed from the start to grow with your business. We are always listening; working with our customers to maximize the value in our products. If we can improve, we will,” said Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Our cloud-based software is always with you, on any device capable of browsing the web. Your employees will quickly become experts – and will immediately begin saving time and making important decisions quickly.”

Visit us at PCBC 2012, June 27-28 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, booth #5400.

Why choose Constellation?

Stability – committed exclusively to home builders, continuously improving product offerings through customer feedback
Functionality – fully integrated software maximizes efficiency and increases profitability
Technology – mainstream technology minimizes your IT expenses
Enhancements – the latest mobile hardware can drastically improve communication, reduce redundancy, and waste less time

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems:

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 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, schedule, 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 division of Constellation Software Inc. (“CSI”) and is a publicly traded company.

Media inquiries:

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

Constellation exhibits at the 2011 Remodeling Show

Monday, October 24th, 2011
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems exhibited at the Remodeling Show in Chicago on October 13-15, 2011.  The Remodeling Show is the only national event which exclusively serves the growing and evolving residential remodeling industry.  “It was amazing to see the amount of traffic flow and interest amongst the remodeler community looking for a construction software solution to help streamline their business,”, said Laurent Amar, Director of Sales for Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  “We spoke with many remodelers and trades at the show and identified their unique needs.  Some remodelers perform the same or similar jobs many times in a given year and need to focus on marketing and lead generation.  Other remodelers have fewer jobs, but they are more unique and longer in duration, so they need to focus on estimating, scheduling and sharing customer communication, while generating referrals.  Constellation offers products to service all types of remodelers, everything from website design, sales and lead management, and customer portals for information sharing throughout the job.  Basically a one stop shop.”

Constellation’s latest revolutionary product, HomeDev Pro is a cloud-based construction management solution designed for custom builders, remodelers, and mid-market homebuilders looking to integrate all components of their business.  By encompassing Job Cost, Scheduling, Purchasing, Production Catalog and Workflow, HomeDev Pro eliminates the need for multiple systems, duplicate entries and complicated interfaces, all to help increase productivity and maximize profits.  Offered with a subscription pricing model, it uses Microsoft technology and works with many accounting solutions.  Many builders stated clearly “this is exactly what we have been waiting for”.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Breaks Record Attendance at PCBC 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
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Markham, ON – (July 18, 2011) – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software, sales, production and accounting solutions, exhibited both their latest products and commitment to the industry at PCBC 2011 in San Francisco, CA – June 22nd – 24th, 2011.

As the second largest home builder show in the United States, PCBC attracts home builders of all sizes, seeking ways to streamline their businesses by reducing IT costs and accomplishing more with less.  Constellation was solidified as the industry leader, with a 50% increase in booth traffic over last year’s show, and by offering the fully integrated solutions attendees were looking for.

As the only home building software solutions provider to exhibit at the 2011 PCBC show, Constellation continues to demonstrate unwavering support to the industry, regardless of the economic slowdown.  With a significant investment of time, money and resources toward creating new and enhancing current products, Constellation is the most comprehensive, functionality-rich solution on the market.

“By continuing to attend the PCBC, it demonstrates Constellation’s commitment to the home building industry and provides builders with innovative, leading-edge software that help achieve greater profits,” said Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  “By having all of our products in one booth we were able to show builders and remodelers of all sizes, software solutions that fit the needs of their business.”

“We would like to thank Constellation for their continued support for exhibiting year after year at PCBC and congratulate them on successful 2011 trade show.  They have redefined their place as an industry innovator with products that respond to today’s changing market,” said Ann Bivens, Director of PCBC.

Constellation is the trusted technology partner of home building and remodeler software solutions, and leads the industry with the highest investment in product development and customer service.                                                                                                             

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems:

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 dirt to warranty.  From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, schedule, 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.

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

2011 Kananaskis Regional Conference

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is pleased to invite you to our one-day Regional Conference on Thursday July 7, 2011 at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada.

REAL SOLUTIONS, REAL-TIME
~ Learn About the Latest Product Development and Solutions Roadmap ~
~ Network with Fellow Industry Professionals ~
~ Discover How Others Use Constellation to Improve Operations ~
~ Learn How to Turn Your Website into an Effective Tool ~
~ Discuss How to Get the Most from Your System ~

With a wide range of sessions, this event will cover everything from new product development and future product plans, to overall best practices.

Each in-depth session is designed to help YOU achieve more with your Constellation HomeBuilder software, and reach new levels of success.

Our User Conferences are an important part of our continued commitment to be a responsive and valued information partner, and have a proven track record for offering valuable tips and advice. The interactive nature of this conference makes it a truly effective learning experience for you and your staff.

Conference Details

When:   Thursday, July 7, 2011
Time:     8:00AM – 4:00PM
Where:  Delta Lodge at Kananaskis Village, Alberta

If you have any questions about the user conference, please contact Cathy Kotsopoulos via email or by phone at (888) 723-2222 ext 6140.

2011 Toronto Regional Conference

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is pleased to invite you to our one-day Regional Conference on May 17, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan.

REAL SOLUTIONS, REAL-TIME
~ Learn About the Latest Product Development and Solutions Roadmap ~
~ Network with Fellow Industry Professionals ~
~ Discover How Others Use Constellation to Improve Operations ~
~ Learn How to Turn Your Website into an Effective Tool ~
~ Discuss How to Get the Most from Your System ~

With a wide range of sessions, this event will cover everything from new product development and future product plans, to overall best practices.

Each in-depth session is designed to help YOU achieve more with your Constellation HomeBuilder software, and reach new levels of success.

Our User Conferences are an important part of our continued commitment to be a responsive and valued information partner, and have a proven track record for offering valuable tips and advice. The interactive nature of this conference makes it a truly effective learning experience for you and your staff.

Conference Details

When:  Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Time:    8:00AM – 4:00PM
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan

If you have any questions about the user conference, please contact Cathy Kotsopoulos via email or by phone at (888) 723-2222 ext 6140. 

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems at the 2011 NAHB International Builders’ Show

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
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Markham, ON, December 9, 2010 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the leader and most trusted provider of homebuilding accounting and production software in the industry, will be exhibiting at the 2011 NAHB International Builders’ Show from January 12-15, 2011 in Orlando, FL.  The excitement begins with a series of informative presentations by industry experts, featuring Bob Schultz and The New Homes Sales Specialists.  Recently named to the Power 50 list by Builder Magazine, Bob is one of the 50 most influential people in the home building industry.

During the show, builders can see Constellation’s full suite of home building software solutions firsthand and industry experts will be available to answer questions about new home sales and marketing, production, accounting, construction management, purchasing, warranty, and customer experience.  Each session will be about 15-20 minutes in length with additional opportunities for questions and answers.

 CLICK HERE to see the schedule of sessions with industry speaker information, and space is limited, so REGISTER NOW!

Booth W4571:
For Production Builders – Websites, Vendor Portals, Land Development, Sales, Accounting, Production, Warranty, and Service

Booth W4682:
For Small to Medium Volume Builders and Remodelers – Websites, Accounting, Production and Sales Solutions

Constellation’s mission-critical software solutions are specifically designed to offer builders increased productivity and efficiency in order to build homes while utilizing less resources and reducing costs.  With over 100 employees exclusively dedicated to supporting all sizes of home builders, Constellation delivers a comprehensive suite of exceptional products and services to help builders save time and money while building and selling more homes.

Constellation has released several new products and many customer-requested enhancements in 2010 .   All of Constellation’s state-of-the-art software solutions will be available for demonstration.  Builders are invited to meet face-to-face with knowledgeable industry experts in a professional but relaxed setting.  Each year, Constellation makes it a high priority to spend quality time learning from and discussing ideas their home builder partners.  This information becomes an integral part of the new product development strategy at Constellation. This continued investment and dedication to the industry allows Constellation to provide new technology solutions to help builders succeed in this challenging and competitive industry.

If you think a software decision is in your future, be sure to visit one of the Constellation booths to see how a dedicated partner with continued long-term investment in new technology can help you manage your business.  An optimum combination software technology, professional services, and customer support, ensures that you can trust Constellation to help you run your business now and in the future. Constellation representatives can recommend a new solution tailored to your unique business needs and help explain how other builders are using software and technology to be successful. 

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

As the largest home building software company in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,400 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, vendor portal solutions, and web site solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes HomeDev, BuildSoft, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

Media Inquiries:

Cathy Kotsopoulos
cathyk@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222 x 6140

Join the Customer Experience Discussion

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is pleased to invite you to our first Customer Experience Discussion webinar on September 22nd at 2:00 PM EST.

– Click on the enroll now link to register

This webinar is an open forum discussion for you to share your ideas with several key benefits:

  • Learn how other builders improve the customer experience and increase referrals
  • Learn how different customers perceive quality (trades, home buyers, and employees)
  • Expand your network by connecting and building strong relationships
    with other home builders

Host and Speakers:

  • Brad Brickman, General Manager of Constellation BuildSERV
  • Chip Pennington, Director of Customer Services at Shea Homes
  • Brooks Powell, Home Advisor, Powell Custom Homes & Powell Renovations
  • Charlie Scott, Partner at Woodland, O’Brien & Scott
  • Craig Schweikart, Professional Consultant

Additional Online Resources:

In addition to this online webinar, a new online customer experience discussion forum has been created.  We encourage customer service professionals to login and share best practices and real work experience.