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Albi Homes, 2016 SAM Award Winner

We’re turning the spotlight on our customers this week, as the 2015/16 awards season comes to a close. With the 2016 Builder 100 list announced, the Housing Leadership Summit about to kick off, and associations from Florida to B.C. announcing their top prizes, this awards season did not disappoint. While we tip our hats to award-winning builders everywhere, we would like to take a moment to single out a few special prizes won by Constellation customers.

 

2016 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association held it’s annual National Awards for Housing Excellence on May 6. The CHBA presented 33 awards this year, at its 73rd National Conference in Kelowna, BC. The prestigious awards recognize builders from across Canada, in categories from sales and marketing through custom renovations.

Albi Homes from Calgary received both the Design Excellence Award and the Marketing Excellence Award in a sweep of the two top awards given for cumulative results in the New Home Awards and Marketing Awards categories. Albi received four awards in total and 11 nominations in a highly competitive competition. Wow!

Congratulations to Albi Homes on this impressive double win — and see below for more honorable mentions from the CHBA Awards.

Read more about Albi’s win in The Calgary Herald.

 

2016 BILD Awards - Great Gulf Homes

2016 BILD Awards

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) of the Greater Toronto Area held their annual BILD Awards on April 28. The GTA’s top builders, developers, communities, designs, and campaigns were honored in 47 categories from over 900 submissions.

Great Gulf Homes took home Home Builder of the Year for Low-Rise. The award is selected with input from surveys of new homeowners — happy customers are a true testament of quality construction and service. Many buyers plan to consider Great Gulf first when it comes time for their next purchase.

“We are very proud and excited to have been recognized with this award and want to congratulate and thank the entire Great Gulf team on our win for the Homebuilder of the Year Low-Rise. I would also like to thank recent new home buyers for their trust and confidence in our ability to provide them with well-built, architecturally well-designed homes,” said Christopher Wein, President Great Gulf. “This is the third time in our company’s history that we have won this prestigious award and at a particularly fitting time as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.” [via The Star]

Congratulations, Great Gulf!

Read more from The Toronto Star, and click here for more photos from the BILD Awards.

 

Neal Communities, Professional Builder's 2015 Builder of the Year

Professional Builder 2015 Builder of the Year

Back in December, Professional Builder presented this prestigious and sought-after award to only one builder, who did not actively apply for the award, and whose innovative ideas and business results represent the best in home building.

“Our consistent goal is to combine the discipline, efficiency, skill and processes of a publicly owned homebuilder with the agility, customer care and attention to detail of a private builder,” says Pat Neal, founder and CEO of Neal Communities. “To be recognized for excellence with this respected award is a special honor that we are humbled and pleased to accept.” [via Neal Communities]

Neal Communities closed close to 1,000 homes in 2015, and was named #45 on the Builder 100 list. Congratulations to Neal Communities – winners of the “Academy Awards” of homebuilding!

Read more from Professional Builder.

 

Broadview Homes, Builder of the Year 2015 SAM Awards

2015 CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association SAM Awards

Last month, the newly amalgamated Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Urban Development Institute Calgary Region presented their annual SAM Awards for sales and marketing excellence.

Broadview Homes, part of the Qualico Group of Companies, was named 2015 Builder of the Year as well as taking home the New Homebuyers Choice Award. The latter award is based on feedback from new buyers – who may have been influenced by Broadview’s commitment to pushing boundaries. “We keep taking chances,” says Broadview Homes vice-president Peter-John Woolf. “We sit down in our design room and if we see something that’s innovative and new, we get excited that maybe some aspects of it haven’t been done. That’s what we want to do for our show homes.” [via Calgary Herald]

Congratulations to Broadview Homes! Read more in The Calgary Herald.

 

Honorable Mentions from the 2015/16 Awards Season

Sterling Homes, winners of two print marketing awards at the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
Branthaven Homes, winners for Multi-Family Homes in the under 1000 Square Foot category at the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence
SigNature Communities, winners of the Best Logo and Best Brochure, High-Rise at the BILD Awards
Geranium Homes, winners of a number of BILD Awards, including the People’s Choice Award
Empire Communities, winners of Best Sales video at the BILD Awards
Homes by Avi, Multi-Family Builder of the Year at the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association SAM Awards
Brookfield Residential, winners of multiple community and marketing awards at the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association SAM Awards
Hopewell Residential, winners of the Show Home Parade of the Year at the CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association SAM Awards

 

Credits:
http://www.chba.ca/about/news-pubs.aspx?id=119
http://calgaryherald.com/life/homes/new-homes/albi-homes-wins-top-national-awards-for-housing-marketing-excellence
http://www.bildgta.ca/media_releases_2016_detail.asp?id=1012
https://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2016/04/29/tridel-great-gulf-honoured-for-great-work.html
http://www.probuilder.com/2015-builder-year-neal-communities
http://www.nealcommunities.com/about/news-and-awards/news/2015/december/neal-communities-dubbed-builder-of-the-year/
http://www.chbacalgary.com/photo-gallery/60546-sam-awards
http://calgaryherald.com/life/homes/new-homes/broadview
https://assets-production-webvanta-com.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/000000/38/66/original/news-releases/2016/2015%20SAM%20-%20Winner%20Press%20Release%20SG%20FINAL%20with%20List.pdf

 

Photo credits:
Albi Homes (Facebook)
BILD (Facebook)
Neal Communities
The Calgary Herald

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75 of the 2016 Top 200 Builder Use Software Built by Constellation

The Builder 100 list has been released, and we would like to congratulate all 75 Constellation customers named to the Builder 100 & the Next 100. Five of our customers joined the list for the first time – and one is in the top 100!

From D.R. Horton at #1 with 36,736 closings to GHO Homes at #200 with 120 closings, each builder deserves kudos. The top 200 builders built and closed 261,372 homes in 2015, with a total revenue of $99.3 billion.

Builder Magazine ran an article listing the 10 Builders That Increased Sales the Most Year-Over-Year, and six of those 10 builders are Constellation customers. The top three showed truly impressive numbers: AV Homes grew revenues 83.63%, The New Home Co. grew 77.9%, and UCP in its second year on the list grew 62.27%.

Congratulations again to all 200 builders named to the Builder 100 & the Next 100. Homebuilders across the country look to you for best practices and inspiration. The best part? Each of those 261,372 homes represents a family’s dream come true.

From the Constellation team – thank you.

 

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2016 Housing Leadership Summit by Hanley Wood and Builder Magazine

The 2016 Housing Leadership Summit promises big-picture, forward thinking from exciting speakers ranging from quarterbacks to CEOs. With an uncertain outlook for 2016, industry leaders are challenged to plan further down the road. This year’s theme of “Leading Change: A Focus on Agility in a Fast Moving-Target Housing Market” suggests what leaders already know – the best builders need to change with the market, and the market is not sitting still.

Builders hoping to climb the 2016 Builder 100 list, released this week, will congregate next week in Dana Point, CA. As the technology sponsor of the Housing Leadership Summit for three consecutive years, we are consistently fascinated by the conversations taking place at this event. With our unique position in the industry, we introduce builders in similar markets and we are consistently amazed by the amount they are willing to share – to help each other improve.

Last year’s event in Miami featured statistics, roundtables, events, speakers, discussions, panels, and even a shark tank. Metrostudy presented encouraging industry statistics, building on the strong housing market foundation: strong employment, marriage and birth rates. Key statistics on the millennial generation helped builders understand a confusing market segment.

The Housing Leadership Summit has no comparison. The event brings together industry leaders in a setting that promotes discussion, sharing and learning. If you have never before attended, register now or consider the event for 2017!

2016 Housing Leadership Summit
May 14-16
The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Dana Point, California

If you are attending the 2016 Housing Leadership Summit and you would like to meet with our team, please send us an email. We would be happy to arrange a time that works best for you.

Images from the 2015 Housing Leadership Summit

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Across the country, analysts and forecasters are suggesting that 2016 will be a year of growth for the housing industry. What does this mean for your business?

Look behind the numbers with this infographic from MetroStudy. What factors are driving the growth? Which metropolitan markets will lead the way? Take a look:

2016 Housing Industry Predictions

 

Image via MetroStudy (link to original).

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The Locky Virus appears as a Microsoft Word attachment to an email.

We have received a number of reports from customers affected by the international “Locky” virus. The virus affects impacted computers by encrypting all files on the machine and demanding a ransom paid via bitcoin.

The virus is spread via a legitimate-looking email requesting payment of an invoice. Included in the email is a Microsoft Word attachment that uses a “macro” to encrypt files on the infected computer. All shared network drives can also be affected. Please be extra vigilant when opening attachments from an untrusted source.

We suggest taking the following preventative steps:

  • If you receive an email from an untrusted source with a Microsoft Word document attached, DO NOT open the document.
  • If you happen to open a suspicious Word document that requests permission to run a macro, DO NOT enable macros.

 

The Locky virus is also taking other forms: it can be spread via email attachments of any file type. To learn more about the Locky virus, read this article via iDigitalTimes.

If you are a Constellation customer and have experienced the Locky virus at your company, please contact Customer Care immediately at (800) 411-2020.

Thank you,

The Constellation Team

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