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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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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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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 Biggest Challenges for Builders in 2015 - Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood’s Builder 100 survey asked hundreds of builders “What is your biggest challenge to growing and building your business in 2015?”

We’re all familiar with the biggest challenges the market is facing right now–the availability of lots and qualified labor, rising material costs, and stringent mortgage qualification standards that are boxing out potential new home buyers.

But in the Builder 100 survey, we asked builders to identify the biggest impediments to their personal success in 2015, which provided insight into how pervasive some of these hot-button issues are, and how many builders are impeded by these bottlenecks at the same time.

In order to quantify the qualitative answers from each builder and search for any trends, we looked to the words. We compiled all the responses and set a minimum of five occurrences per word, leaving us with 31 words that appeared five times or more in all of the answers.

Top Five Occurring Words: (note that we combined words where no meaning would be lost)

  • land/lot/lots: 93 occurrences
  • labor/workforce: 36 occurrences
  • available/availability: 35 occurrences
  • cost/costs: 24 occurrences
  • finding/supply: 23 occurrences

 

Continue reading the analysis with interactive map at builderonline.com.

Last month, we discussed how Land Pressure: Combating Zombie Subdivisions is impacting homebuilders and how we can help. Clark Ellis at Big Builder has also discussed the impact of land competition in Homebuilder Moneyball. And labor just scratches the surface of the Pain Points in the Homebuilder Supply Chain found by Big Builder.

Join us at PCBC 2015 and we’ll show you how our solutions can help you reduce these costs before your competitors do.

PCBC 2015 Sneak Peek

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