FAST Home Builder Management Software

Advanced management software for production builders.

FAST

FAST Builder Management System

FAST Overview

The FAST Builder Management System automatically monitors every aspect of your home building operation, allowing builders and developers to make critical decisions quickly and proactively, before they cost money. Automate processes, track costs and schedules, and quickly isolate problem areas.

The integrated single-database technology behind FAST helps you increase sales, margins per home and customer satisfaction. FAST intelligently synchronizes your entire organization, cultivating financial strength, and broadening operational insight.

FAST Builder Management System

Product Options

FAST Enterprise includes sales and product management, land management, production and project management, scheduling, job costing, accounting, warranty, and performance management.

Optional FAST modules can further integrate your business.

FAST Builder Management System

FAST Review

Constellation’s FAST product is the bedrock on which we have built our purchasing, sales and accounting systems which handle all of our single family and multifamily for sale product, in addition to all of our site development and rental construction business. We now take customers from prospects through customer service all within the FAST ecosystem. But the real stars of the FAST system are the people behind the scenes – from Customer Care to Program Managers to Sales Representatives, the people who have been the point of contact for our company have been helpful, receptive and most importantly available to us whenever we have a question or an issue that needs answers. It makes my job a lot easier, knowing that I’ve got the FAST team backing me up.

Dylan Johnson
Director of Purchasing Systems
Kaplan Companies

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Scheduling, Estimating & Purchasing

Optimize your build process by organizing your data.

Manage information including plans and options tailored to your markets, then automate the majority of your operations and measure detailed ROI.

  • Project Management: build and proof budgets for house plans, plan options, and put standard and buyer options to market prior to construction. In doing so, FAST allows you to verify itemized takeoffs or lump sum bids with the right vendors at the right costs. This guarantees accuracy for both product and supplier. You can perform margin analyses on your plans and options so you know you have the best return on investment as a result of your planning process. FAST’s strength in data management lies in the ability to store plan- or option-specific templates, then apply additional layers of subdivision- or region-specific information, thus tailoring your templates to the market.
  • Production: ensure your company's pricing and margin policies are adhered to, while FAST automates the majority of the business experience that is proceeding as planned, leaving you more time to focus on unforeseen events. In the FAST production arena, you’ll easily compare vendors’ costs. For example, if you are shopping lumber, the production tools help determine which vendor is most competitive. FAST is an adaptable cost-control tool that adheres to how you, as a homebuilder, maintain and set employee disciplines within your organization.
  • Scheduling: pre-designed templates within FAST Scheduling are structure-specific so you have separate single-story, two-story, duplex and or multi-family townhouse or condo templates. Furthermore, you can build in schedule options, based on option specifications by the builder, or purchased by the homebuyer as an option, to alter any schedule timeline. Each builder establishes one or many standard schedules, which may be modified depending on structure and the selected options. Custom change orders can alter budgets for time or schedules, and are also automated and easily managed with the FAST Scheduling software solution.
     
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Scheduling & Production Home Builder Software Solutions

Accounting & Business Intelligence

Turn "Big Data" into Builder Intelligence.

Deliver multi-level forecasting and budgets for in-depth analyses and make proactive decisions to better manage operations and meet budgets.

  • Accounting: Automated online financial statements let you view and analyze financial reports, drilling down to any transaction-level detail you need. With Key Performance Indexes (KPIs), you’ll be able to review performances and compare them to targets, forecasts and budgets. Operational Dashboard shows and summarizes starts and closings in real time, jobs delayed and on schedule, variance dollars with actual data compared to targets. Historical trend analysis lets you calculate how you’ll perform in the future with projected profitability on a house-by-house level. Automated intercompany transactions based on user-defined rules save you from creating double entries, thereby reducing errors, saving time, and cutting costs. Automated invoice entry based on schedule and purchase order information drives even further efficiencies for your team’s time and resource management.
  • Job Costing: FAST Job Costing is a comprehensive real-time reporting package integrated fully with accounting, estimating, scheduling, purchasing, sales and warranty to save you time and money by eliminating duplicate or manual entry of information. As a by-product of doing your day-to-day forecasting, budgeting, purchasing and invoicing, FAST Job Costing offers automated reporting to effectively manage your jobs in process. No one in your organization has to wait for accounting postings or closings to obtain vital information. It allows you to track and focus on variances and performances of your trade and field personnel.
  • Performance Management: FAST Performance Management, via a web-based analysis tool, allows you to measure and manage day-to-day operations, in real time. You know instantly how your build program is performing relative to your organization's benchmarks. As a by-product of the transactional data from prospecting for sales, through the sales and options process, to production, accounting and warranty, FAST Performance Management captures all relevant detail and aggregates it into a single page for easy measurement and comparison of KPIs. Based on the KPIs, which show under-performing areas, you can call up the transactions supporting these indicators to whatever level of detail required. This insight can be viewed in real time, so you know what is going right, and what is not - as it happens.
     
 
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Land Development

Versatile land development software from FAST.

As a home builder and land developer, whether you sell the land or to build on it, you must manage all the phases of the development process from initial land acquisition to final disposition of lots. FAST will track all of this activity and adapt to it, finding efficiencies you may have missed.

  • Land Development: With FAST Land Development you'll control multiple purchase orders, as well as calculate partial invoicing of contracts based on percentage complete for any land development project for reliable, profit-driven results. FAST Land Development provides you with the ability to create multiple assemblies, tracking related costs. Start with a preliminary budget and adjust over time. Once the system is implemented, you can progress bill and print cost analysis reports at any stage of the process. Land Development within the FAST system is fully integrated to accounting – so however you choose to leverage it to support your business, all accounting controls for costs, payments, reports, and revenue remain intact.
     
 
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Sales Management & CRM

Improve closing ratios by providing personalized information to the buyer - on time.

Sales Management with FAST is a powerful web-based customer relationship management (CRM) solution for homebuilders. Manage all prospecting, marketing and sales processes online 24/7. Our easy-to-use system helps you produce the highest number of conversions to sales possible.

  • FASTSales: connect to your sales system anytime, anywhere. FASTSales allows you to develop and manage marketing programs to generate leads, plus identify and categorize prospects. You’ll easily weed out the lookers from the buyers, for measurable marketing payback. The system zeros in on suitable products to meet the needs of the prospective homebuyer. It takes into consideration their credit potential and ability to buy a home, while optimizing upgrade option sales. It automates your website “contact us” page and enters contact and demographics information, which is then transferred to a sales agent’s task schedule, thus triggering follow up communication such as phone calls, letters, emails, brochures and more. This ensures your prospects receive timely information throughout the buying process.
  • Product Management: eliminate the re-input often required by other systems for house design and option information, significantly improving the organization and efficiency of your product mix. Once you select the design of the home, you can easily store the bill of materials, plan or global options, and schedule information. FAST’s superior data storage concept provides for endless choices in efficiently modularizing the data necessary to optimize and support any product mix and Build Program. Building materials can be itemized per plan or assembly method, as well as option-by-option. This data can be reused in the form of one pre-set template to standardize all plan take-offs. From there, the system allows for modifications generated by standard or custom requests from homebuyers, and gives you the ability to adjust job differences per site conditions, or regional municipal code requirements. Now you’re ready to select a variety of subcontractors and suppliers to meet your building needs.
     
 
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Warranty & Customer Service

Show your customers through their digital doorway.

FAST Warranty offers homebuilders a comprehensive warranty management system designed to address key business needs of homeowners, builders, and customer service / warranty repair staff alike. Build customer relationships and referrals by offering homebuyers a web-based, single-point entry system for repair requests.

  • Warranty: provides homeowners with a doorway through which they can view home selections, communicate with the builder, submit electronic service requests, obtain product information, and participate in builder-defined surveys. This not only enhances the homeowner experience, but also serves as a bridge between the builder’s customer-facing website and the back office portion of the ERP suite — a single-point entry system for customer repair requests and builder responses. Quickly research original subcontractors, enter and track requests for product repair, generate and automatically distribute electronic service orders, schedule repair appointments, and automate service order back charges. Standard reports help builders analyze warranty expenses, manage service order aging, and perform rigorous historical defect analysis.
     
 
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Scheduling, Estimating & Purchasing

The easiest, most comprehensive web-based scheduling program available.

Manage your schedule and keep suppliers informed of all changes as they occur for reduced cycle times and control of direct costs. Extend your FAST Builder Management System with options that improve communication with employees, customers, suppliers and trades.

  • Workflow: FAST Workflow is a web-based solution designed for home builders to initiate e-mail notifications and deliver consistent, timely and accurate information to home buyers, internal staff, trades or suppliers at various stages of the production cycle from sales to warranty. The system triggers a notification e-mail when tasks are completed, new home sales are added, warranty work orders are submitted, or closing dates are changed, for a faster, automated and more efficient workflow process. These notifications can be directed to homebuyers, employees, trades and/or suppliers.
  • FAST & BuildPro: provide real-time communication between the home builder, field staff, and suppliers or trades on each construction project with greater accuracy and time efficiency.
  • FAST & JobView360: Powerfully advance the flow of communication and develop reliable partnerships between trade partners, subcontractors, and homebuilder employees. Easy-to-use and internet-based, JobView360 helps you eliminate the largest part of the paperwork between trade partners and your staff. It allows you and your trades to look at the same document or job schedule and view, print or take action as needed.
     
 
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Accounting & Business Intelligence

Your data, accessible from anywhere, in real time.

Extend the power of your FAST Builder Management System by connecting business intelligence tools to provide real-time information and the push of a button.     

  • Report Library: The FAST Report Library puts your critical business information at your fingertips. Relevant reports are directly available for users in the FAST tree menu - users can view and run reports they have access to directly in FAST. Reports pull information from your FAST Builder Management System, as well as other databases, making the FAST Report Library a robust reporting platform for your business.
  • FAST & informXL: informXL is a comprehensive and easy-to-use Microsoft® Excel reporting plug-in for the FAST Builder Management System. Visualize your information in real time through personalized dashboards, customized charts, graphs, and pre-built lists. And because it's Excel, you already know how to use it. informXL plugs right in and can be installed within an hour. One dashboard provides insights into accounting, job costing, purchasing, sales, warranty, and scheduling.
     
 
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Sales Management & CRM

Easily manage the sales process from start to finish.

FASTSales provides immediate, powerful new home sales management tools. FAST can also integrate with other sales systems for your convenience for further sales and marketing automation.

  • FAST & Sales1440: Easily manage the sales process from start to finish – track new leads, automate sales follow-up, track customer lots, manage floor plans and options selections, and automatically create dynamic sales contracts. Sales1440 is the sales management system of choice, offering the best CRM solution for builders that is easy to use and instantly improves the effectiveness of the sales process.
     
 
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Land Development

Automate your land development and manage by exception.

Maximize your return on each plot of land by utilizing a best practices approach to land development. FAST's built-in land development is fully featured. If you prefer, you may choose to extend the functionality of your FAST system by adding LandDev.

  • FAST & LandDev: LandDev™ provides an unprecedented level of development control by utilizing flexible “best practices” to automate workflow, manage costs, and easily monitor cash flow and job schedules. Automate repetitive tasks and focus on issues as they arise.  LandDev maximizes profitability by enabling you to easily analyze and control costs on every job, and effectively manage job schedules. Cash flow projections help manage, forecast and control long-term cash flow needs, as well as improve vendor relations with accurate and timely billing. 
     
 
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Warranty & Customer Service

Generate referrals, improve communication and build customer relations.

Every home builder has dreamt of having a truly satisfied customer tell others about their great home buying experience. But, how do you make this dream come true?

  • FAST & HomePlate: a secure, web-based portal for their prospective homebuyers and homeowners from contract to warranty. It's designed to deliver instant information to your customers anytime, anywhere. With HomePlate, home builders are giving their customers the personal contact they need 24/7. Your customer service representatives, design center agents, and field superintendents can schedule necessary meetings and trigger automated customer notification, resulting in fewer missed appointments. Global picture galleries of home selections, floor plans, viewing of work orders, automated design center appointments, community events, warranty requests and much more, are all readily available with HomePlate. Increase customer satisfaction and help homeowners feel totally secure by providing relevant information to create an enjoyable, stress-free home buying experience. 
     
 
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Websites & Digital Marketing

A powerful & digital builder marketing solution.

FAST offers a flexible and affordable e-mail marketing solution with built-in best practices, providing all the tools you need to target audiences by individual, by segment and by preference with high deliverability, relevance and compliance with e-mail marketing legislation. Before the first email, FAST offers automated lead qualification and prospect management tool for home builders that allows you to quickly qualify, personally respond, and narrow your focus on prospects that are ready to purchase.

  • Builder Broadcast: a powerful, easy-to-use, web-based e-mail marketing solution for any-sized homebuilder. You'll communicate timely, relevant messages and build solid, trusted relationships leading more prospects to new home purchase decisions. Builder Broadcast provides all the tools you need to target audiences by individual, by segment and by preference with high deliverability, relevance and compliance with e-mail marketing legislation. Reporting and analytics tools provide actionable results to help you achieve quick and accurate insight into your prospects’ behavior and preferences. Real-time graphical reporting on message deliverability, recipient activities and campaign-wide performance, are all exportable in an easy-to-understand Excel format.
  • WebLeads: an automated lead qualification and prospect management tool for home builders that allows you to quickly qualify, personally respond, and narrow your focus on prospects that are ready to purchase. Successful homebuilders have proven that immediately responding to new prospects delivers the best sales results. A prompt response to a new prospects’ inquiry can make all the difference. Convert and close more prospects with WebLeads by effectively qualifying and communicating with prospects in real time.
  • G.1440 Digital Marketing: We build websites that convert prospects into buyers by creating an engaging experience that empowers visitors to take action. A custom home builder website will set you apart from your competition, and can integrate with your builder software, including your FAST platform. Built on an easy-to-use content management system, you will have all the tools necessary to market your homes or communities. Or, ask for help from our team of digital marketing experts.
     
 
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