Category Archives: FAST

Barcode technology powers FASTSales Option Scan and NEWSTAR Design Studio Manager.

New this year, we will be offering one-on-one demonstrations of our new products, features, and modules. From your design center to your report library, these new offerings can make a big impact on your business.

These demos are filling up fast: register today before they are gone.

 

Top 5 New Product Demo Stations 


Interactive Floor Plans. 
A multi-purpose web application for previewing structural options, creating customized floor plan layouts with typical furniture selections, as well as providing marketing-grade, dynamic and fully branded printable brochures.


[NEWSTAR] Design Studio Manager.
Guide prospective buyers through a personal, interactive option selection experience. Easily build custom scenarios to match your selling process, along with a visual presentation you will share with purchasers.


[BuildTopia] Mobile Apps for Vendors and CRM.
 The trade partner mobile app brings the functionality of the Trade Network into the field, including schedules, purchase orders, documents, and more.


[FAST] Workflow and Report Library.
 FAST Workflow delivers consistent, timely and accurate information to home buyers, internal staff, trades or suppliers at various stages of the production cycle from sales to warranty.


Conasys Homeowner Care.
 From the moment the ink dries on the contract to the day of the walkthrough and for many years down the line, the Conasys Homeowner Portal drastically enhances the home ownership experience.

 

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BONUS: informXL and DocuSign for NEWSTAR and FAST. Take a moment to sit down with our sponsors: see how these tools can be put to use in your own business to improve your processes and your customer experience.

Promotion reminder: Every dollar spent on conference registration fees is a dollar that can be applied to future software purchases. Some restrictions apply. Click here for details, or contact your account manager.

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Constellation's 2016 Customer Conference

Our 2016 Customer Conference is a two-day crash course in software and technology. Building Cities, Creating Connections brings together the two key themes of our conference: advancing your software and data crunching skills, and developing relationships that will challenge your own process to help you build bigger.

Don’t miss our Amazon.com #1 bestselling keynote speaker, Garrison Wynn, who brings over a decade of research from Gallup, Accenture, and Harvard to the study of power and authority. Join Garrison as he reveals the secret that the world’s most influential leaders and companies are hiding from you.

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND

  1. Network with 200+ builders and share ideas and best practices in your user group
  2. Select from 50+ interactive software training sessions
  3. Learn about the latest product developments and future roadmaps
  4. Apply your registration fee to a new software purchase*
  5. Live one-on-one demonstrations of new products and modules

And an unofficial #6 – Chicago is a gorgeous, vibrant city! From upscale shopping on magnificent mile to sightseeing at Millennium Park, Navy Pier, or the Shedd Aquarium to the sounds of Chicago blues from the city’s jazz bars, The Windy City is a cultural gem. Centrally located inside The Loop, the JW Marriott provides the perfect base to explore this beautiful city.

 

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Please join us in thanking our sponsors, Center6 and DocuSign, who help to make this event possible. Center6 has exciting new developments for informXL, for both NEWSTAR and FAST customers. And DocuSign is now available for integration with FAST and Sales1440. Join us to see these products in a one-on-one demo.

98% of attendees love Constellation conferences! Check out the photos (below) from last year’s #TREASURES2015 Customer Conference, hosted at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, FL.

This year, we have included more software training sessions that tackle more complex topics, extended the time you have to meet with your user groups, and added one-on-one demonstrations of new products, modules and features.

Constellation’s dynamic conferences offer informative sessions for everyone – expect immediate takeaways from product updates, product roadmap, best practices and interactive training sessions. We hope that all customers have the opportunity to experience a Constellation customer conference because we are confident that you will return with ideas and skills to improve your building process.

See you in Chicago!

The Constellation Team

 

Our 2015 Customer Conference: Discovering Natural Treasures in Amelia Island, Florida.

Posted by Constellation HomeBuilder Systems on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 

 

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Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

 

TOP 5 REASONS TO JOIN US

Register now before early bird registrations are gone (currently 40% sold out).

 

Over 60 software training sessions.

We have developed new training sessions to ensure that you leave the conference with a stronger knowledge of your system. Here are a few examples:

NEWSTAR: Design Studio Manager [NEW]
BuildTopia: Available Reports and How To Create Your Own
FAST: Workflow Services [NEW]
Builder360: Loans & Draws [NEW]
Enhancing the Homeowner Experience with the Conasys Homeowner Portal

 

Network with builders using the same software.

Year after year, customers who attend our conferences tell us that the ability to chat face-to-face with another user of the software is an invaluable experience. In addition to meals and networking events, software-specific user groups put customers in the same room for best practices and sharing of ideas.

“Great collaboration with peers. It was good to share ideas on what works and what needs to be improved.”

 

Challenge yourself.

Engaging keynote speakers will bring their research-driven insights into human performance to help you achieve your goals — especially under pressure. We’ll also turn the spotlight onto some unique builders where culture drives performance.

Performing Under Pressure: Doing Your Best When it Matters Most
Homebuilder Shark Tank
Maximizing ERP Value
When Certainty is Lost, All is Lost

 

Early Birds Save $200.

Our early bird registrations are 40% sold. Register today to save $200 off the registration price.

Remember: $1 of registration fees = $1 off future software.


 

Don’t believe us? Hear it from customers like you.

“The enthusiasm from the speakers has given me the motivation to bring some new ideas to the table.”

“It is so much more beneficial to have face-to-face time with Constellation and other builders than trying to convey ideas and concepts through emails.” 

“The food and social events were top notch. The sessions were on topic and informative, and the speakers were willing to go with the audience.”

 

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The Atlantic: The Unfinished Suburbs of America

Images: Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

In the boom years of the early 2000s, builders and developers bought up land as fast as they could pave and name the streets. Development of America’s suburbs pushed full-steam ahead towards creating affordable housing options for a market that demanded bigger houses and backyards for families.

Then came the recession. Development stalled on thousands of acres across the country. In some counties in the West, 15 to 33 percent of all subdivision lots are vacant, according to the Sonoran Institute. In Teton County, Idaho, 68 percent of land bought for subdivisions was left undeveloped. In Tustin, CA, the Tustin Legacy development left over 1,500 acres of prime California real estate a difficult mix of tightly-packed homes and sparkling retail mixed with open fields and abandoned military buildings.

As this valuable land sits idle, Americans’ preferences for how and where they live are changing. Walkability is quickly becoming an expectation – less driving and more walking to work, school, the grocery store and the ball park. These changes impact where and how builders create communities – and impact the value of the land they bought back in 2004. One report from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has gone so far as to call them “zombie subdivisions” in a report on how to “combat” them.

Land pressure

The housing industry’s boom and bust of the 2000s has put pressure on land from various directions – these zombie subdivisions are just one. (Drought and flood plain rules are also on the horizon.)

We’ve provided some resources in the links above and below, but we don’t have a crystal ball to tell you how or where to build. What we do have are the tools to help you see your land in a new light. Though we specialize in developing software for homebuilders, our homebuilding partners have pushed us to develop software for their land departments.

Homebuilding software vs. land development software

In the world of residential construction/homebuilding software, project management involves a flurry of schedules, invoices and purchase orders between the builder and various personnel, vendors and trades.

In the world of land planning and development, far fewer invoices and purchase orders are generated over the life of the project. The value of these invoices however can be massive – and breaking those costs down to specific divisions, communities, and individual lots becomes a monumental task.

Take into account the stale land environment of the past decade, and depreciation of those tracts adds further pressure on the accounting department to effectively translate historical costs to active projects.

The cost of sale of the lot

LandDev is a software solution built specifically for managing land development projects, including the complex numbers behind the scenes. Begin with acquisition costs, financing costs, construction costs, closing costs and carrying costs, and distribute them down to the cost of sale of the lot. LandDev makes this process simple, breaking costs down to individual phases or even sub-phases of projects within the lot itself.

With increased demands on the land department to find and develop new plots for an increasingly active homebuilding department, effective budgeting and accounting starts with effective operational job costing. In addition to allocating costs down to the lot, LandDev is a fully featured land management solution.

From acquisition and bid comparison to project management and contract generation, LandDev has the features you need to manage the land development process.

To learn more, request a demonstration of LandDev.

Land Planning Resources

America in 2015: Bridging the Access Gap for Healthier Amenities
The Unfinished Suburbs of America
Data-Driven: Leveraging the Potential of Big Data for Planning
Arrested Developments: Combating Zombie Subdivisions and Other Excess Entitlements
After housing slump, 1,100 homes to open at Tustin Legacy
Water Woes: What the California Drought Means for Home Building
New Floodplain Rules Would Limit Construction

 

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Eliant Homebuyer's Choice Awards 2015

Each year, Eliant tallies the results of more that 72,000 homebuyer surveys to determine the winners of the Homebuyers’ Choice Awards. Last week, they presented the flagship “The Eliant” award, as well as medium, large, and high-volume winners from the six core categories of homeowner experience:

  1. The Purchase Experience
  2. The Design Selection Experience
  3. The Construction Experience
  4. First-Year Customer Service Experience
  5. First-Year Quality
  6. Highest Percent of Sales from Referrals

 

MBK Homes and The New Home Company took home “The Eliant” awards for single-division and multi-division excellence, respectively.

Customers of 128 builders were surveyed, and Eliant honored 43 of those builders last week. As a gold sponsor of the event, Constellation was on-hand to congratulate the award winners. Our homebuilder partners make up a large portion of this list, and we are thrilled to see them maximizing their customer relationship management modules built into NEWSTAR, FAST and BuildTopia. We’ve recently added a new platform that allows for a truly customize homeowner experience: Conasys Homeowner Care.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 Eliant Homebuyers’ Choice Awards!

Benchmark Communities
Birchwood Properties
Brookfield Residential
Castle & Cook Homes
Classic Homes
Foxridge Homes
Gentry Homes
GL Homes of Florida
Grand Homes
MBK Homes
McCaffrey Homes
Minto Florida
Rendition Homes (HistoryMaker Homes)
Robson Communities
Rosewood Homes
Ryland Homes
Sabal Homes
The New Home Company
The Olson Company
Tim Lewis Communities
TRI Pointe Homes
Van Daele Homes
Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes
William Lyon Homes
Woodside Homes

 

To learn more about Eliant’s Homebuyer’s Choice Award winners and criteria, read the press release and visit their website.

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