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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 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.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is Named Part of the Constructech 50 by Constructech Magazine

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
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Markham, ON, July 7, 2010 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest and most trusted software provider of home building software has been named to the Constructech 50 in 2010. 

With Constellation customers counting for more than half of the largest builders in North America, Constellation is well-known for stability, dedication to technology and the highest standards of customer support.  Not only is Constellation the best choice for builders in the USA, but the top builders in Canada have consistently chosen Constellation products to run their business and transition through changes like the Harmonized Sales Tax, Tarion Warranty Regulations, Goods and Services Tax, and numerous payroll changes.  Throughout the home building recession, Constellation continued to invest in the industry, technology, and services for home builders of all sizes. As the leader in home building software, Constellation is ideally positioned to provide mission-critical software solutions that home builders can trust now and in many years to come.

 “We are happy to be recognized by Constructech magazine again in 2010. Throughout the downturn, we continued to invest in our products and services to ensure that Constellation was the best choice for home builders of all sizes”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.

Constellation’s software solutions are designed to help builders increase productivity and utilize fewer resources to run their businesses successfully.  With comprehensive solutions for home builder websites, online marketing, new home sales, customer relationship management (CRM), accounting, purchasing, estimating, scheduling, warranty, homeowner portals, land development, and vendor portals, many builders choose Constellation as their trusted technology partner. With a single technology partner, you can count on software upgrades that work, a single support contact for all products, industry expertise, and responsibility for the entire system. In contrast with multi-vendor situations and disparate technologies, Constellation customers know that their systems will be supported and enhanced long-term, that their technology partner is financially strong, and that their technology investment is secure. 

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 BuildSoft, Builder 360, Constellation CRM (CFT), 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
ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Acquires BuildTopia

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
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Markham, ON, June 25, 2010 –Constellation HomeBuilder Systems (“CHS”) has acquired the assets of BuildTopia of Rockville, Maryland, a web-based construction management software solution for residential home builders.  This acquisition is another example of Constellation’s dedication to the home building industry and its long term approach to providing mission critical technology solutions and services for home builders of all sizes.

“We continue to invest in new products and services and maintain our long-term commitment to the home building industry”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  As the largest software company dedicated to the homebuilding industry, Constellation continues to provide excellent support and services to help our customers successfully run their business now and in the future.  We welcome the customers and employees of BuildTopia to the Constellation family.

Constellation’s suite of homebuilding solutions include Software as a Service (SaaS) and hosting alternatives, in addition to solutions that builders can install on their own hardware.  In many cases, builders are choosing SaaS and hosting alternatives to get started quickly and avoid the upfront costs associated with purchasing hardware.  In addition to our fully integrated sales, production, accounting, and warranty solutions, Constellation also provides quick-start home builder websites with built-in best practices for online marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), and security.

About BuildTopia
BuildTopia delivers comprehensive web-based construction project management software solutions for residential home builders delivered as a SaaS solution.  BuildTopia streamlines and integrates all core construction business processes in one powerful yet easy to use solution to increase production efficiency, reduce errors, maximize each sale, and provide excellent customer service. Builders, developers, and trade partners of every size rely upon BuildTopia to dramatically improve the effectiveness, efficiency and profitability of their businesses.

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 BuildSoft, Builder 360, Constellation CRM (CFT), Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, and Sales1440.

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

Constellation Named for 2010 Residential Constructech Top Products

Thursday, February 18th, 2010
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Constellation named for Trusted Products for BuildSoft Pro and Constellation CRM.

The full article can be found at the following location:

http://www.constructech.com/resources/press_release/press_release.aspx?release_id=110

Constellation Featured in Constructech

Monday, February 1st, 2010
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“Builder1440 Not Standing Still”

The full article can be found at the following location:

http://www.constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=8165

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Introduces the New BuildSoft Pro Release to Home Builders and Remodelers in more than a Decade

Monday, February 1st, 2010
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Markham, ON February 1, 2010 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilder accounting software, announces the release of BuildSoft Pro™ 32-Bit, specifically designed for home builders and remodelers to help manage their construction processes.

Since the acquisition of BuildSoft, Constellation has taken this opportunity to increase its investment in new technology and dedicated the necessary resources to re-engineer the product.  We are continuing to invest in the product and maintain our long-term commitment to the home building industry”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  “The long-term stability of Constellation ensures that we will continue to enhance our products and bring new solutions forward to help builders compete in any type of market condition.”

The new BuildSoft Pro™ system has a more modern look and feel based on a solid footing with Microsoft Outlook functionality and opportunity for future enhancements.  The end result is a new product that encompasses all the best features trusted by thousands of BuildSoft users, plus many of our recent enhancements.  BuildSoft Pro™ is the next step up from standard spreadsheets, allowing homebuilders to manage everything from accounting to project management.  Specifically, homebuilders can use BuildSoft Pro’s™ residential construction and scheduling software as one integrated package for accounting, project management, estimating and job costing.  All four integrated components help builders improve efficiency.  For remodelers, BuildSoft Pro’s™ residential remodelling features offer the same benefits, to help complete projects on-time and on budget.

The community of 1,500 loyal BuildSoft customers, some of which have been using the software for 21 years, are excited that Constellation has made investments in new technology for BuildSoft.   With a new 32-bit platform, BuildSoft Pro™ will be the foundation to give builders security and stability in their software investments and will provide the comfort of knowing they will be supported now and in the years to come.

BuildSoft Pro™ was launched at the 2010 International Builders’ Show on January 19-22, 2010, and the response has been overwhelming with many BuildSoft customers signing up to take advantage of the low cost early adopter program.  Custom home builders, small volume production builders and remodelers stopped by the booth in large numbers to find out more about BuildSoft Pro™ and the long anticipated new release.

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.

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

Constellation Featured in Constructech

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
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“A Whole New Market”

Constellation Launches the HomeDev Production and Job Cost System for Home Builders and Remodelers at the 2010 International Builders’ Show.

The full article can be found at the following location:

http://www.constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=8161

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Launches the HomeDev Production and Job Cost System for Home Builders and Remodelers

Monday, January 25th, 2010
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Markham, ON January 19, 2010 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home builder, sales, production and accounting software announces a new product release at the 2010 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV on January 19 – 22, 2010.  HomeDev™ is specifically designed for home builders and remodelers to help manage their construction processes.

HomeDev offers a comprehensive solution for job costing, project management, budgeting, trade comparison and purchasing.   Built using familiar Microsoft tools like Excel, Project, Outlook, SQL Server, SharePoint, and .NET, the new HomeDev product integrates with QuickBooks and other accounting systems.

During this building slow-down, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has made significant investments to bring HomeDev to the market.  All builders use spreadsheets and some use Microsoft Project and want to see a new solution that works with these familiar tools.  HomeDev uses Microsoft Excel, Project and Outlook to manage the data collection and presentation, Microsoft SQL to manage the data, and SharePoint and e-mail technology to share documents in the form of vendor and partner portals.

Builders make more money if they learn from their mistakes and avoid them on the next job. HomeDev allows builders to take any job in the system and use that as a basis for a new job. This saves time and produces more accurate estimates and project plans.  The purchasing process in HomeDev provides tools for sending out bid requests, comparing the results, and awarding contracts without manually entering the bid responses.  The builder saves money by selecting the best bid, reduces errors by avoiding data entry, and improves accuracy of budgeting and project management.

HomeDev is designed for the builder seeking a solution that is easy to learn and implement.  Builders running the software have told us “because we are comfortable and familiar with Excel, Project, and QuickBooks, HomeDev fits naturally into our operations.”  HomeDev is available under license or subscription.

Constellation is launching HomeDev at the 2010 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV on January 19-22, 2010.

Request an appointment, or visit one of the booths during the show for a product demonstration.  

Booth C1145                 Production Builders – Websites, Accounting, Production and Sales Systems

Booth C842                    Small Volume Builders and Remodelers – Websites, Accounting, Production and Sales Systems

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.

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