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Challenges and opportunities for builders and developers in the state of Texas – where technology stands in North America’s biggest housing market

The Texas Opportunity

Six of the top 10 most desirable cities for homeowners are in the great state of Texas. These cities have growing home values, growing population, and shrinking unemployment and crime rates. Houston, for instance, is the 4th largest city in the United States and is a dynamic, growing city, rich in culture and diversity – and the home of our next Smart Strategies for Builders Seminar Series.

Here are some of the unique challenges affecting Texas builders and developers:

Challenges and Opportunities for Texas Builders in 2018

Demand for new homes is high while labor is hard to find – Demand is high, which means Texas home builders can expect higher margins as homeowners are willing to outbid their neighbors, but this too comes at a cost since skilled tradespeople are now a hot commodity. Add in the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has pitched homebuilders against renovators in the competition for skilled labor.

The opportunity: be the builder that trades WANT to work with. Communicate more effectively with your trade partners, establishing a culture of trust and accountability. Pay trades immediately upon completion of work. Make it easy for trades to schedule their time – by offering real-time schedules on their mobile AND notifications in their inbox when important changes affect their timeline. Keep job sites clean – the trades have to work there all day!

The Texas market is getting crowded – The price tags on homes are increasing, the population and demand are growing, and the cost of building and acquiring land is also increasing. Builders from across the country are taking notice.

For successful land acquisition strategies, try “Top 3 Secrets to Land Acquisition for Home Builders”.

The opportunity: be the builder that customers WANT to buy from. Stand out from other builders by offering clients some customization in their homes without sacrificing your workflows with automated design studios. Out-compete your competition with homeowner care platforms that track, monitor, and increase referrals by creating happy customers who will say great things about you. When demand is high, you can be certain that homeowners are considering all their builder options. Lastly, ensure you have an industry standard accounting system dedicated to builders. Efficient budgeting and financial decision making can speed up build times allowing you to scale into different local Texas markets.

How to bring it all together – In a booming yet expensive market, customers are interested in purchasing homes but how can you stay ahead by maximizing your company earnings? Bigger builders tend to focus on the bigger picture and strategy involved in choosing the right locations for new communities, how receptive homeowners are to the product, and ways they can add on to the product for a quality home. As quality lots become more expensive for builders, the price tag will increase on homes. This could have a feedback effect and increase the costs of all other resources critical to building.

The opportunity: Focus on resource procurement using accounting software that will ensure you are on a budget and on track for your established growth. But why stop there? Choose an integrated building solution for the whole package that can offer all your other departments and building functions more data that can impact your companies financial responsiveness. For example, during adverse building errors, your warranty department should have an integrated process that alerts your accountants and trades with the same information so all departments are accountable.

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Event Details:
Rapid Growth, Hurricane Fallout, and Labor Shortages:
Navigating Your Company for Continued Success
April 19, 2018, | Houston, TX
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Sources

2017 Best Places to Buy a Forever Home | GoodCall.com

What Does TechLash Mean for Needed Change in Home Construction | John McManus BuilderOnline.com

 

 

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IBS 2016 Free Passes for Homebuilders

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The 2016 International Builders’ Show is just around the corner, and you are invited! For your free passes to the exhibit floor, please request them here. We are excited to share the new modules and features we have added in 2015 to our software solutions for homebuilders.

As your plans for 2016 take shape, we would like to request a moment of your time. If you are attending the show, please request a meeting with us below. We will reach out to schedule your time and begin to plan our consultation and/or demonstration.

Do you feel that your existing software solution is helping or hindering the efficiency of your business? From back office operations to builders and trades in the field, software should never stand in the way. Good software propels your team forward.

If your plan for 2016 involves re-evaluating the software that powers your business, let’s talk.

The Constellation Team

2016 International Builders’ Show
January 19-21
Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C2056
REQUEST FREE PASSES

IBS 2015 Free Passes

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The 2015 Public Builder Report Cards

In 2014, public builders continued to see their balance sheets improve and sales grow.

While the market may have closed for new public home builders over the past year, 2013′s burst of activity introduced five new companies to the latest BIG BUILDER report card.

In 2014, it was good to be big. While many smaller private builders were struggling to secure both capital and land—the basic elements of growth in the business—the big were getting bigger. Whether they were looking for land or an entry point into new markets, the publics were aggressive.

But public growth wasn’t measured in number of acquisitions. According to stats compiled by American New Homes Group president Jamie Pirrello and his team of Robert Yemola, Kylie Berrena, David DeFreest, and Christine Zoerner—members of the Accounting, Business, and Economics Department at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.—the publics grew in a lot of other metrics in 2014.

For the full list of grades and comments, continue reading via builderonline.com

40% of the top homebuilders on the Builder 200 list trust Constellation as their software partner. We’ll show you why.

Hanley Wood: 2015 Public Builder Report Cards

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We are thrilled to announce a major change to our corporate website, www.constellationhb.com. Our new website features an entirely redesigned look from the ground up, and reflects the modern and powerful technology that we provide our customers. Read on for the highlights.

We are a software solutions company.
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems provides software solutions that are specifically tailored to the needs of homebuilders, and to the unique needs of each builder. We develop and support a family of software products each with unique benefits for different situations. Our products are divided into product systems (ERPs NEWSTAR, FAST, BuildTopia, etc.) and specialized products (Sales1440, LandDev, etc.).

The new site organizes our products by category – by the product features that fill a specific need in a residential construction business, in the order that those benefits are required.

Technology for builders.
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is a knowledge leader in the field of technology for residential construction. If you have a question about technology for builders, we have your answer.

The theme: “Update your tools.”
The software that supports your business is just as important as your hammers and shovels. Take a moment to consider the benefits that integrated software can provide.

Training for customers.
Our professional services group is always available to assist you with your Constellation solution. For most of our products, we provide monthly training sessions that are free to our customers, covering underutilized modules that have the potential to increase your productivity.

New logos.
We have developed new product logos for many of our core products, to form a visually cohesive product family. To our customers, these new logos will begin to populate our products over the coming weeks.

We are connected.
You’ll notice social media follow buttons on the website footer and share buttons on blog posts. Feel free to “like” and recommend us to your fellow builders!

www.twitter.com/ConstellationHB
www.facebook.com/ConstellationHB
www.linkedin.com/company/constellation-homebuilder-systems
plus.google.com/108234426433276077218

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