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Leading Technology Transformation: Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Named to Constructech 50

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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Markham, ON – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has again been recognized as an industry innovator and leader as part of the Constructech 50. Constructech consistently recognizes Constellation’s contribution to and leadership position in a fluctuating market.

Published in the July/August issue of the magazine, the Constructech 50 highlights the most influential construction-technology providers with a strong and ongoing market presence. Constructech editors consider various criteria to determine the winners, including a strong product aimed at the residential construction industry, ongoing customer satisfaction and growth, as well as outreach and educational efforts within the industry.

“The evolution of technology solutions can shake up the marketplace. It may give newer companies a chance to establish themselves in the arena, and it can also let longtime players prove they are committed to the industry,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech. “This year’s winning companies are giving builders and contractors solid solutions on which to build, and continue to transform.”

“Constellation is committed to developing and enhancing our product solutions, while supporting our customers and the industry in parallel. We ensure that our customers, large and small, are squeezing every dollar from their technology investment. We are very happy that Constructech has once again recognized us for these efforts”, 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 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, that their technology partner is financially strong, and that their technology investment is secure.

About Constructech Magazine

As the technology advocate for the construction industry, Constructech magazine helps builders, contractors, and corporate owners make informed decisions about software and systems for the office and the field. Constructech continues to be a highly respected and trusted resource for construction technology for almost 15 years, providing unbiased opinions and informative news on software, hardware, automation, and 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 homebuilding construction software solutions to run their business from website to warranty.  From lead management to homeowner services, Constellation’s solutions manage land development, new home sales and marketing, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranties, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portals, and websites designed exclusively for homebuilders.  Constellation’s product suite includes, NEWSTAR, FAST, BuildTopia, Builder 360, BuildSoft Pro, HomeDev Pro, Sales1440, LandDev, and Constellation Web Solutions.

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Cathy Kotsopoulos
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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.

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Cathy Kotsopoulos
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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.

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Cathy Kotsopoulos
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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.

News from the 2010 IBS

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
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This year’s IBS was the best year in the past four for Constellation HomeBuilder Systems and the thought was echoed by many builders in attendance. There is a realization that technology will play a much more important role in the builder’s future.

There was talk everywhere about leveraging social media in homebuilding. It is a strategy you should adopt NOW! See what I mean…

One thing I learned is the importance of “claiming your business” on Google. There is a way to enhance the listing of your business on Google including maps, pictures content and even reviews. It is part of the Local Business Center… Who Knew? Check out this link to learn about Claiming your Business.

The response to our new Groundbreaker website solution was phenomenal. If you know you need to update your website or think you may need to change see what Groundbreaker can do for you. Announced at the IBS show Groundbreaker had builder big and small talking and agreeing the unbelievable value it represents.

It was amazing to see the response to the newest product in the Constellation HomeBuilder Systems line of ERP solutions. HomeDev is a project management and job cost system developed for the small builder and remodeler. It uses Microsoft tools and works with QuickBooks. Many builders stated clearly “this is exactly what we have been waiting for”.

BuildSoft Pro was introduced at the IBS as well. Current BuildSoft users were stopped dead in their tracks when we showed them the new product and how it will help them better manage job costs and complete projects on time.

Differentiate Yourself – A Homebuilder’s Perspective

Friday, February 29th, 2008
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Chuck Miller

In one of my early Institute of Residential Marketing courses, the instructor said something that really hit home with me as a builder. He pointed out that marketing is about differentiating yourself in the marketplace and stated that you can differentiate yourself by product or you can differentiate yourself by process and procedure. He then pointed out that if you differentiate yourself by product and you have a great product – great floor plans, unique trim details, energy-efficient building practices – eventually everyone is going to copy what you’re doing. Thus, you constantly struggle to find new ways to differentiate yourself. But then he emphasized that if you differentiate yourself by process and procedure, others are far less likely to copy what you do.

Previously featured authors have discussed the value of best management practices like using purchase orders and work orders and eliminating billing errors to save money and improve your bottom line. But there are a number of best management practices and implementing any or all of them will save you money and improve your bottom line. More importantly, implementing best management practices will increase your sales. I believe that everything we do is marketing and the best, most cost-effective marketing is referral marketing. I emphasize that our customers include not only the people who hire us to build their homes but also our trade contractors, vendors, and service providers. Particularly in today’s market, buyers are hesitant. They have read and heard all the news stories about builders facing financial problems or filing bankruptcy. But people are still buying new homes. If you follow best management practices in your business, it can go along way toward reassuring them that you are not like all the others.

Differentiate yourself by implementing best management practices like creating critical path schedules for all of your jobs and updating those schedules at least weekly; using work orders and purchase orders that not only set the price but that are also tied to your job schedule; having a system in place to notify your trade contractors and suppliers when they are expected to be on your job and when they are expected to complete their work; ensuring that your jobs are ready for them when they show up as scheduled; managing your accounts receivable and accounts payable so that trade contractors, vendors, and service providers are paid in a timely manner; and providing your lenders with accurate financial statements on a monthly basis. Not only will you receive preferential service and pricing from you trade contractor and vendor partners, but I guarantee that if you do all of these things, the word will spread. Your trade contractors, vendors, service providers, and lenders will become some of your best sales people. You will become the builder of choice in your market.

Integrated software programs make it relatively easy to implement most of these best management practices. But like any good tool, you have to take it out of your tool box and learn how to use it. I encourage you to do so.

About the Featured Author:
Chuck Miller is a Graduate Master Builder (GMB), a Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM), a Certified New Home Marketing Professional (CMP), a Master New Home Sales Professional (MCSP), and a Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP). In addition to his role as President and CEO of Chuck Miller Construction Inc. Chuck is an instructor for the National Association of Home Builders University of Housing Graduate Builder, Graduate Remodeler, and Institute of Residential Marketing programs. Chuck has been a Buildsoft user since 1992. You can learn more about Chuck and his company at www.chuckmillerconstruction.com.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
As the largest homebuilding software company in the industry, Constellation has helped more than 1,400 homebuilding companies 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 and homebuilding vendor portal solutions designed exclusively for the homebuilding industry.

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

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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Wins Progress Software Corporation’s Visionary Award

Monday, February 11th, 2008
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software in the industry, wins the Visionary Award at Progress Software Corporation’s 2008 application partner conference in Las Vegas.

The Progress Visionary Award is presented to a company that delivers successful products and services utilizing Progress Software’s application platform and foundation technology. As an integrated solution for production homebuilders, Constellation’s NEWSTAR Enterprise system and add-on products demonstrate the originality and technical vision necessary to be selected for this award. Supporting homebuilders during all phases of the building process, Constellation continues to invest in new technology to help homebuilders become more efficient with innovative software solutions. From project planning to homeowner referral, Constellation can help homebuilders improve their accounting, estimating, purchasing, reporting, scheduling, warranty, and service processes. With a single database design and an easy to use application, every homebuilder can access the information they need with the comfort of knowing that their data is up-to-date and consistent.

“Progress Software Corporation is committed to the success of our partners and their customers. Each year Progress honors Application Partners that provide their customers with innovative products and solutions,” said Bob Palumbo, vice president, Progress Software Corporation’s Worldwide Partner Program. “The recipients of this year’s awards have developed products and solutions that help solve complex business issues for their customers worldwide. Their dedication to the development of problem solving business applications is part of what makes the Progress Application Partner Community so strong.”

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from Progress Software,” says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “The innovations we have brought to market, would not be possible without dedicated customers and their participation in product design. With the largest number of employees dedicated to developing and supporting homebuilding software products, we are able to work closely with customers and make these innovations a reality.”

About Progress Software Corporation
Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) provides application infrastructure software for the development, deployment, integration and management of business applications. Our goal is to maximize the benefits of information technology while minimizing its complexity and total cost of ownership. Today the company has over 1,600 employees in over 90 countries. Progress is headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, and is a worldwide leader in application infrastructure software.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
As the largest homebuilding software company in the industry, Constellation has helped more than 1,400 homebuilding companies 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 and homebuilding vendor portal solutions designed exclusively for the homebuilding industry.

Progress Software is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Any other trademarks or service marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Cathy Kotsopoulos
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Taylor Morrison Selects Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest software provider for the homebuilding industry, is pleased to announce Taylor Morrison has selected Constellation’s NEWSTAR Enterprise homebuilding system to manage the production of all Taylor Morrison single-family, multi-family, and condominium projects.

Taylor Morrison selected Constellation for its robust and highly scalable solution for its homebuilding operations, in an effort to focus on what Taylor Morrison does best; develop communities and build homes.

Bob Witte from Taylor Morrison remarked, “Rather than continuing to enhance the homebuilding solution our Morrison business was using for production needs; we felt our competency to build homes, together with Constellation’s competency to build software for homebuilders, formed a mutually beneficial relationship with both parties doing what they do best.”

Constellation will provide the NEWSTAR Enterprise solution for production homebuilding as well as NEWSTAR Sales and Constellation BuildPro. NEWSTAR Sales will allow Taylor Morrison to focus on selling more homes and options in a challenging market, with fewer errors and higher margins. With Constellation BuildPro, powered by Hyphen Solutions, Taylor Morrison gets a proven field scheduling solution, used by many of North America’s largest homebuilders. “BuildPro, SupplyPro and NEWSTAR Enterprise combine to provide compelling cost savings for any high production homebuilder”, explains Bob Witte at Taylor Morrison.

“Constellation is excited to be a long-term partner with Taylor Morrison,” exclaims Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “When we entered the homebuilding industry, our goals were to become the leading solutions provider to homebuilders and to provide solutions that make them more profitable. Since our inception, we have made long term investments in development, service, and support to provide homebuilders with a completely integrated IT solution for all their needs from dirt to warranty. Most homebuilders select Constellation for our dedication to the industry, our high quality products, and our outstanding customer support.”

About Taylor Morrison
Taylor Morrison is one of the top homebuilders in North America, specializing in building first-time, mid-market and mid-to-upscale housing in both master planned and urban infill neighborhoods in more than 280 communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Texas. The company also operates under the Monarch brand in Ontario, Canada, where it builds single-family homes and high-rise condominiums. Taylor Morrison is a wholly owned subsidiary of Taylor Wimpey plc (LON: TW), a homebuilding company with 125 years of experience and operations in the United Kingdom, North America, Spain and Gibraltar.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
Constellation has helped more than 1,400 homebuilding companies contain and 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, sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty and vendor portal solutions designed exclusively for the homebuilding industry.

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Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
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Make an Extra $1,000 per Home

Thursday, January 17th, 2008
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Craig Schweikart

In this article we will discuss the value of integrated purchasing and how it can improve the profitability on each and every home you build. Industry experts and the NAHB for years have touted the value of purchase order and work order management.

It is a simple process – - – estimate your costs and hold the trades accountable to their pricing. The idea is to send your suppliers and subcontractors written documentation in advance outlining the agreed upon pricing and the scope of work the sub is responsible for. These bids can either be solid estimates or lump sum prices. Later on when invoices are received, the invoices can readily be compared to the original purchase orders.

The value comes from having agreement across estimates, purchase orders, pay-points and job cost information. An integrated purchasing system does this automatically and all you need to do is manage the exceptions or variances. If these four components are not automatically integrated you have to manage all the detail manually. The result is you manage all of the “mundane detail” four times and exceptions need to be tracked in a fifth process.

There are several problems you can anticipate with a “stand-alone” purchasing system. Without an integrated system you are liable to run into the common problem of double billing of invoices. Another problem is that multiple manual processes are error prone and time consuming.

Most experts agree that an integrated purchase order system can generate cost savings of 10 to 20 dollars per cost code. I would bet most of you would agree by focusing attention on pre-pricing your labor and material based on estimates, then holding your trades to that price (after all they agreed to the price) — you could save at least $10 per cost code on average. You will save less on some and much more on others and remember this is not just a one time savings; you will be saving ten dollars for each cost code on each house!

If you are structured like most builders you typically have about 100 to 120 cost codes per house. So, do the math – - – a purchase order system is expected to generate between $1000 and $1200 per house in cost savings. If you build and close one house per month or 12 per year you can add at least $12,000 in profits just by implementing a purchase order system.

In today’s market what could you do with an additional $12,000? What if you could reach the cost savings of $20 per cost code?

In addition to the financial savings, a strong purchase order system will greatly reduce headaches. Everything your subcontractors are responsible for is well documented so there is little room for dispute later on. Similarly paying your bills becomes a more automated, faster process with far less error.

If you look for software solutions to help manage your business take care to select a product with a strong purchase order and work order system. Make sure it has a proven track record for generating results similar to those in our example and you won’t be disappointed.

About the featured Author
As a respected consultant and national speaker, Craig Schweikart has developed and presented numerous seminars to homebuilders. He has spent over twenty years advising homebuilders on system selection, process management, and profit improvement.

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