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Toronto, ON (September 8th, 2016) – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, provider of software solutions for the homebuilding industry, will host 200+ builders for their annual conference on November 14-16, 2016. Building Cities, Creating Connections will bring major home builders from across North America to the upscale J.W. Marriott hotel, a beautifully restored heritage property in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

With well over 50 software training sessions on the latest product updates, future roadmaps, networking events, user groups, and live demos of new software, builders will learn to maximize each area of their software, and to further streamline the flow of information between them. From analysts to CEOs, superintendents and managers, attendees can expect to come away with actionable insights and spend time with 200 of their peers – with similar experiences and solutions to share.

“Every day, we work with builders looking for new efficiencies in technologies and operations,” says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “We discuss new products and features, user training and adoption, and best practices, benchmarking and industry trends. Spending two days at the Constellation conference brings all of this together – with builders like you.”

The conference features Amazon.com #1 bestselling author Garrison Wynn, revealing the secret to how influence beats logic, and helping builders improve communication across departments. An expert in operational excellence and customer satisfaction, Charlie Scott will present best practices on how builders can impact buyer satisfaction throughout the build cycle and down the road. Charlie is well-known to the industry: as judge of the National Housing Quality Awards, an author and a contributing editor for Professional Builder Magazine, and Director of Woodland, O’Brien & Scott, recently acquired by Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.

Attendees will also see innovative products and services from Constellation’s partners and sponsors: DocuSign, G.1440, informXL and Progress will help builders keep ahead of the competition.

The Constellation HomeBuilder Systems annual customer conference has grown to become a primary industry event for builders. Seats are limited, and the conference is expected to sell out before the deadline of October 14. Register today!

 

About the event:

2016 Customer Conference: Building Cities, Creating Connections
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
November 14-16 | Chicago, IL
JW Marriot Chicago

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems:

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems builds software solutions for private and public production home builders, and efficient custom builders. Their innovative solutions empower builders with information, driving business objectives from website to warranty. Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the home building software division of Constellation Software Inc., an international provider of market-leading software and services for specialized industries, and is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

For more information, please contact:

Elmira Abushayeva
Director of Marketing, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
888-723-2222
eabushayeva@constellationhb.com

 

 

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TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, provider of software solutions for home builders and developers, has acquired Woodland, O’Brien & Scott, a Minneapolis-based company specializing in customer satisfaction and data analysis for the home building industry. With many customers in common, the Woodland, O’Brien & Scott team will be joining Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to provide customer insight expertise and expand the business services available to the industry.

The purchase of Woodland, O’Brien & Scott compliments Constellation HomeBuilder Systems‘ leading position in the North American residential construction market, and is particularly notable in the customer satisfaction space. “The addition of Woodland, O’Brien & Scott’s services to our suite of solutions will allow builders to analyze the data that really drives customer satisfaction across the entire homebuying, construction, and warranty process.” said Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Combined with our acquisition of Conasys Homeowner Care in 2014, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems can help builders increase homeowner satisfaction with better communication and convenient online resources. Now they can benchmark and demonstrate that improvement.”

“The alignment with Constellation HomeBuilder Systems will allow Woodland, O’Brien & Scott services to integrate with the most authoritative software in the market and further increase awareness and growth of our services,” said Charlie Scott, president of Woodland, O’Brien & Scott. “This acquisition will also provide a long-term home for Woodland, O’Brien & Scott’s staff and valued customers.”

Established in 1986, Woodland, O’Brien & Scott has become a trusted consultant for operational excellence, and considers over 100 premium builders to be long-term partners. The “Voice of the Customer” survey is considered an industry benchmark. Company founder Keith O’Brien, managing partner Charlie Scott, and the rest of the Woodland, O’Brien & Scott team will join the Constellation family. Charlie Scott will continue to be closely involved as Director with Constellation HomeBuilder Systems’ professional services team, bringing 25 years of experience in home building operations and managing Woodland, O’Brien & Scott since 2007. Charlie Scott is also a National Housing Quality Award judge and an author for Professional Builder magazine, bringing substantial operational expertise to the Constellation HomeBuilder Systems team and customers.

This acquisition, along with substantial new personnel and software investments, will significantly benefit current and future customers of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems and Woodland, O’Brien & Scott.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems:

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems builds software solutions for private and public production home builders, and efficient custom builders. Their innovative solutions empower builders with information, driving business objectives from website to warranty. Constellation HomeBuilder Systems continuously improves home construction software, and is committed to maximizing your return on technology investment. Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the home building software division of Constellation Software Inc., an international provider of market-leading software and services for specialized industries, and is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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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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Celebrating Excellence in Home Building

Celebrating Excellence in Home Building

As the industry counts down the days to the announcement of the 2016 Builder 100 and Next 100, Builder Magazine is teasing the list with insights into the builders making headlines. Last year, we looked at Builder 100′s Top 25 Over Five Years. Here, we have compiled all of the teaser articles for your convenience — and stay tuned for the May issues of Builder and Big Builder to hit the newsstands.

HIGHLIGHTS

From Boom to Bust and Beyond
Ten years later, the Builder team looks back at the Builder 100 and the Next 100 lists, tracking the drastic changes to the housing industry over the past 10 years.

Entry Level Makes a Comeback
After four consecutive years of decreases, entry-level home starts have risen 25% year over year. Starter homes are not dead!

The 10 Fastest-Growing Private Companies
With capital constraints looming, private homebuilders rarely make large gains in the Builder 100 list. This year was different.

The 10 Fastest-Growing Public Companies
The market was hot for smaller public builders in 2016. The highest sales increases went to comparatively small builders this year…

Who Left the List?
All news is not good news: some builders dropped off the list in 2016, and acquisitions definitely helped.

The Top 25 Private Companies
Some surprising year-over-year increases (and decreases!) including a 27% jump YoY by DSLD Homes of Denham Springs, LA.

The Next 100
The threshold for joining the Next 100 list grew this year – 120 closings were required for the number 200 spot. And yet, 15 new builders joined the list in 2016.

The Builder 100
Nine builders were able to join the Builder 100 list for the first time in 2016, some created by mergers, and some jumped up from the Next 100 by sheer numbers.

What Builder 100 Means
Combined, the top 200 builders generated $99.3 billion in revenue through 2015, including a 6% increase in closings and a 15% increase in revenues.

MetroStudy Data on the 2016 Builder 100 and Next 100

Click the image above for an interactive model. Courtesy: Metrostudy.

 

BUILDERS

Six Firms that Climbed the List
Read the success stories of six builders that surpassed expectations to deliver incredible growth in 2015. These companies span the country and the market. Some are large and some are smal, but all delivered this year.

The Bozzuto Group Hones in On Young Buyers
Trumark Cos.’ Strategic Land Acquisitions Pay Off
A Focus on Profit Benefits HHHunt Corp.
Edge Homes’ Good Reputation Spurs Growth
No Shortage of Labor for Dallas’ Bloomfield Homes
Taylor Morrison Finds Success with Active Adults

Meet the Fastest-Growing Private Builder in the Country
Wade Jurney Homes shook things up in 2015 with a focus on first-time homebuyers, and they brought their model homes directly to the consumer. It worked.

Introducing the Fastest-Growing Builder on the Next 100 List
Level Homes is an up-and-coming builder who joined the Next 100 list for the first time in 2014. Since then, a focus on expansion to new communities in new markets has driven the company to this enviable position.

 

Congratulations!

The Constellation Team congratulates all builders named to the 2016 Builder 100 & the Next 100. As the housing market continues to march forward into the black, we are thrilled to see builders innovating to stand out from the competition.

Each homebuilder is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to join or climb the list. Only with careful consideration of local markets, effective application of organizational strengths, and a commitment to operational excellence can builders hope to gain against their competitors. The Builder 100 list is not a snapshot of the market — it is a constant battle for market share.

ASK US: how we can help you outpace your competition next year.

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