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Toronto Star: Building for a good cause

Monday, August 20th, 2012
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Builders receive a lesson on joists!

Maybe we don’t get out of the office enough, but we were thrilled last week upon seeing Bryan Tuckey’s Toronto Star article highlighting our day with Habitat for Humanity on Richie Ave. BILD’s annual effort for one deserving Habitat family is this year benefitting Lorena Sinato, a single mother, and her son Bryan who is blind and suffers from cerebral palsy. For Bryan, the home will be fully accessible and barrier-free.

We wanted to give one more big thank you to BILD, Habitat for Humanity, and fellow builders Rebecca of David Small Designs, Tami and Shannon of Madhouse Advertising, Brendan and Jim of Eurodale Developments, Amy of Stikeman Elliott and of course Amy and Laura of BILD!

2012 Race for Humanity

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
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On July 19, Constellation entered two teams in BILD’s 4th Annual Race for Humanity in support of Habitat for Humanity. The “Amazing Race”-style event took our teams from The Toronto Star headquarters at the foot of Yonge Street to Centre Island, as well as to CityPlace, Pinnacle, and a number of other recent build sites in between. Challenges along the way included icing a cake, riding the log ride at Centreville, and using a slingshot to remove some angry birds from their perch.

Our two teams of five racers competed valiantly along with 23 other teams from the BILD community. Constellation NEWSTARs Amrita, Lunnette, Angelo, Simon, and Kevin were stacked against a difficult route, finding themselves running as far east as Sherbourne and as far west as Bathurst in pursuit of a single challenge! Constellation High Risers Anna, Elaine, Dimitrios, Chris, and Lauren rode a wave of good timing and knowledge of city landmarks to finish in an unofficial second place! Both teams ran themselves to the limit and all were equally exhausted by the time we arrived at BILD’s 20th Annual Charity BBQ.

Our teams brushed elbows with a number of Constellation’s customers, including Empire (the winners!), Geranium, Monarch, Reid’s Heritage, Ballantry, and Countrywide, although customer courtesy may have – at times – given way to competition!

The Race alone was able to raise over $18,000 for Habitat – all of which went to the charity as The Toronto Star and In2ition Marketing Insights covered the costs. Combined, the Race and BBQ raised over $45,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

Photos from the event can be found on our Twitter feed @ConstellationHB as well as on BILD’s blog and Facebook page. Thanks go to @BILDGTA, @TorontoStar, and @In2itionRealty, and congratulations to @HabitatToronto and @Empire_Living!

Constellation would like to thank all participants – NEWSTARs, High Risers, and otherwise! It was a great day for a great cause.

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.

SBS Group Strengthens Homebuilding Expertise with Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
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WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY – December 7, 2011SBS Group has selected Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to launch integrated home building software solutions for home builders across North America.  SBS Group, a New Jersey-based technology consulting firm, provides mid-market accounting & business management solutions to companies across the U.S.  SBS Group will represent Constellation’s HomeDev Pro and BuildTopia software solutions. This partnership extends SBS and Constellation’s market reach in the homebuilding industry and provides homebuilders affordable and efficient software solutions.

“We are eager to work with Constellation and strengthen our presence in the homebuilder industry,” states James R. Bowman, Jr., President of SBS Group. He continues, “Constellation brings great knowledge of the homebuilder industry and proven products to the mid-market.  This partnership paired with our new cloud offering is a natural extension of our construction strategy and enables us to provide complete and integrated solutions to homebuilders of all sizes.”

Dexter Salna, President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems states, “For the past six months, we’ve been working with Carolyn Chasteen of SBS Group Denver, part of the SBS Partner Network, and the partnership has been a perfect fit. We are excited for the launch of Stratos for homebuilders. We feel the combination of SBS Group’s ability to bring core accounting expertise and business process knowledge paired with our products will bode well for builders as we continue our business relationship.”

“This partnership further exemplifies SBS Group’s dedication to the homebuilding market.  As a Microsoft Master VAR and cloud solution provider, SBS has positioned itself to meet the needs of today’s homebuilders. This deep penetration into the homebuilder market coupled with a cloud-based offering is consistent with the Microsoft Dynamics™ strategy and we fully support SBS Group on this endeavor,” states Ted Kempf, Microsoft Dynamics Director of Service Industries.

About SBS GroupSBS Group provides business management solutions to mid-size companies across the country. SBS delivers its solutions and services with the industry’s top technology partners including Microsoft, Sage Software, Deltek, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Citrix, Acumatica, and others. Focused on distribution, manufacturing, supply chain management, customer relationship management, financial management, project management, service management and accounting solutions, SBS Group has over 25 years of working with clients, not just for them.

The SBS team has earned an award-winning reputation, having been recognized as a Microsoft Gold Competency Partner, Microsoft 2011 Inner Circle Member, Microsoft Partner of the Year (Dynamics SL), New Jersey Best Places to Work Winner, NJBIZ Business of the Year Finalist, IBM Beacon Award recipient and Sage Software Leadership Academy member. The company is headquartered in Woodbridge, New Jersey and operates other offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. For more information, please visit SBS Group’s website at www.sbsgroupusa.com.  Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sbsgroup and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/SBS-Group/316030805149.

About Constellation Homebuilder SystemAs 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.

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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Media Contact:
Cathy Kotsopoulos
888.723.2222
ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com

SBS Group Media Contact:
Kimberly A. Kohlhepp
732.476.5909
kkohlhepp@sbsgroupusa.com

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

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Launches a New Website Dedicated to their Latest Solution

Friday, June 10th, 2011
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Constellation is pleased to announce the release of our new website, fully dedicated to our latest revolutionary solution, HomeDev Pro™ www.homedevpro.com

HomeDev Pro™ is Constellation’s latest software solution designed for custom builders and remodelers, featuring web-based accessibility and easy integration with Microsoft technology and popular accounting systems.

Our new site has been designed with a fresh new look providing a user-friendly experience, easy navigation and has been updated with information about our latest solution, services, and channel partner program.

Constellation continues to demonstrate an unmatched longstanding commitment to invest in new technology, leading edge products and services specifically designed to help home builders of all sizes.

Please visit our new site, at www.homedevpro.com.

BuildSoft Pro and Constellation OnLocation-Warranty Named Constructech Top Products of 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011
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Markham, ON, February 7, 2011 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems proudly announces that Constellation OnLocation-Warranty and BuildSoft Pro are winners of the 2011 Top Product Award from Constructech magazine.

“Our products have consistently earned accolades for innovation and helping builders become more efficient.  We work closely with our customers to develop new products and bring new technology to the home building industry that builders can trust to run their businesses.  We take that responsibility seriously and continually achieve high levels of customer satisfaction”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  Constellation offers the expertise, in-depth knowledge and experience to understand and meet the technology needs of home builders of all sizes.

BuildSoft Pro is a completely integrated Windows® based application and is a leading residential construction solution for small to medium-sized homebuilders and remodelers to help manage and streamline all construction processes.  Constellation recently upgraded BuildSoft Pro to support modern 32-bit and 64-bit computers, which demonstrates Constellation’s ongoing commitment to invest in new technology for home builders and remodelers.  BuildSoft Pro is easy to learn and use allowing homebuilders to integrate production and accounting information and help manage everything from estimating to project management more efficiently.

Constellation OnLocation-Warranty is the newest mobile device solution in the award-winning suite of OnLocation software applications for homebuilders.  This warranty and customer service management system integrates seamlessly with NEWSTAR Enterprise and utilizes tablet technology for quality control, pre-delivery inspections and warranty walkthroughs.  Whether you are in the office or in the field, Constellation OnLocation-Warranty improves customer satisfaction and keeps your home building business running smoothly, efficiently and profitably.  Using a handheld tablet device, homebuilders can document deficiencies, create work orders, capture electronic customer signatures and have instant access to all homeowner data, contact information, and the status of work-orders, to provide warranty information you need for each home you build.

About Constellation:

As the largest home building software provider 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

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

Constellation OnLocation-Warranty Highlighted in Constructech

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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We have known for a long time that warranty and customer service are extremely important aspects of the home building process.  Constructech highlights this with an article about the benefits of using technology to reduce the time it takes to resolve home owner PDI and customer service issues.  Specifically, home builders can use OnLocation-Warranty to easily track deficiencies and create work orders in a paperless process.  Combined with a powerful back-office system, deficiency tracking and supplier/trade quality control comes to life as well with detailed reports and the ability to backcharge easily. The result is an opportunity to improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and improve quality in the eyes of the home owner.