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March 16 2021

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems and realtor.com Collaboration Benefits New Home Builders

TORONTO, March 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, North America's largest provider of home building software solutions, along with the NHLS Distribution Engine, is excited to announce collaboration with one of the continent's largest real estate websites, realtor.com. This alliance gives new home builders another way to advertise their new homes and communities directly to realtor.com's 80 million monthly visitors, on average. 

Driven by Constellation's leading technology for the home building industry, today's business-minded home builders want to sell homes as quickly and easily as possible. Now, new home builders can advertise their listings with great convenience. This is exactly what the new home building industry has been waiting for.  

Simple, and user-friendly, the NHLS Distribution Engine has everything a new home builder wants to manage their listings. Offering a variety of built-in features for home builders, including cross-platform posting, central management for their listings and communities, and easy connection to your favourite CRM tool. With powerful dashboards showing lead and listing analytics, this platform has been designed for those more familiar with a construction site than a website.  

Mark Graham, realtor.com's Vice President, go-to-market strategy, says "This exciting new relationship between Constellation and realtor.com allows builders to use the NHLS Distribution Engine to syndicate listings to our large and highly engaged consumer audience with just a few clicks. Realtor.com's traffic growth has outpaced that of our closest competitor for 20 of the past 22 months, according to data from Comscore. Unique users at realtor.com in January, 2021 grew 37 percent year-over-year to a record 94 million (internal metrics)."

Building on realtor.com's enthusiasm, Chris Graham, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Vice President says, "We are beyond excited to introduce the new collaboration between the NHLS Distribution Engine and realtor.com. The NHLS Distribution Engine (NHLS.info) is directly integrated with realtor.com -- making it beyond simple to advertise new communities and homes directly on their site. Thanks to this new collaboration we have effectively changed the landscape of how builders connect with homebuyers. We look forward to supporting them on this journey."

Continuing their commitment to increasing awareness, simplifying processes, and leveraging their relationships for new home builders, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems looks forward to opportunities, growth and the increased exposure for new home listings with realtor.com.   

For more information on the collaboration, click here.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems 

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

About realtor.com®

Realtor.com® makes buying, selling, renting and living in homes easier and more rewarding for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 20 years ago, and today through its website and mobile apps is a trusted source for the information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Using proprietary data science and machine learning technology, realtor.com® pairs buyers and sellers with local agents in their market, helping take the guesswork out of buying and selling a home. For professionals, realtor.com® is a trusted provider of consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.

For more information, please contact: 

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

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February 8 2021

Constellation Explores Technology That Help Builders Go Digital and Improve Homebuying Experience at IBSx 2021

TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest software provider of home building software solutions and services is proud to announce their participation as a Gold sponsor in IBSx, the ground-breaking virtual edition of the NAHB International Builders' Show 2021. This year, the virtual experience and expo are open to builders from around the globe, who will get the first opportunity to explore the industry's latest products and technologies in designated online pavilions.

In addition to having access to these pavilions, attendees can take part in Constellation's sessions and events showcasing solutions that cover all aspects of the building experience. Attendees will learn first-hand how digitizing the customer experience can improve both insights and sales, and can study each solution in depth with our experts. 

Constellation is proud to showcase many of the latest digital solutions at this year's IBSx. You can learn more at their virtual booth.

NEWSTAR SalesXpress: This next-generation solution makes it easier for homebuilders to meet customer demands with data-led business decisions. By supporting online home sales directly from a builder's website, SalesXpress helps to capture leads, create contracts, and manage the purchasing process from end-to-end. 

NHLS Distribution Engine: This platform is dedicated exclusively to NEW homes. NHLS provides the listing hub and distribution portal builders need to connect with buyers across North America. NHLS can help you manage, aggregate, and distribute your listing information to multiple marketing channels, and then manage the leads coming back in.

CustomerInsight: Great relationships are about more than surveys and metrics. CustomerInsight seamlessly delivers the data builders need to improve relationships with customers and win referrals while lowering margins and sales costs along the way.

Design Studio Manager: It's easy to get an enthusiastic "yes" from customers with Design Studio Manager. This online solution guides buyers through the home building process, simplifying the experience while making it more efficient for builders.

BuildTopia Reporting Dashboards: This solution provides a visual representation of your live data, giving your teams actionable insights at the touch of a button. The intuitive layout offers every department unprecedented control, so you can continue to provide amazing results.

"The solutions and features created by Constellation HomeBuilder Systems are designed to support the changing landscape of the building community, making it easier for builders to offer convenient solutions at every step of the home buying journey. In 2020, we helped builders embrace these digital solutions as they adapted to the health and safety regulations in their local areas. I was very proud to see the resiliency of our builders and our team at Constellation navigate the downs and ups of the past year," says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.

Discover the latest software solutions and services at Constellation's virtual booth from Feb 9-12, 2021

Register today to receive a free expo-only pass as our guest. 

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which 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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December 8 2020

Introducing SalesXpress, the Newest Streamlined End-to-End Sales Platform from Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

TORONTO, December 08, 2020 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is excited to announce the release of SalesXpress, which is designed to support the demands of today’s digitally-savvy buyers and builders. SalesXpress makes it easy to sell a home, sell upgrades, and complete the sale of a new home or condominium.

In today’s fast-paced, digitally focused world, buyers expect to be able to conduct the majority of their home search and complete important transactions online. According to Constellation Customer Insights, 94% of prospective buyers use technology when searching for and selecting their new home builder.

SalesXpress makes the research and selection process easy for customers by delivering an entirely data-driven experience which can be executed completely online. The SalesXpress software allows customers to search available models, look through design options, schedule appointments, and sign contracts entirely online.

“The features we designed for SalesXpress represent a huge step forward for our industry, by providing customers with a safer and more streamlined buying process,” says Dimitrios Polyzos, Director of Initiatives at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “It also features incredible benefits for builders and their sales teams, allowing them to easily convert customer selections to contractual items, either in-person or virtually.”

Simplifying the buying process doesn’t only benefit customers. It also helps to free up sales staff thanks to features like offer acceptance tracking, which ensures that the deal ratification process can continue after-hours – an industry first! By automating these routine tasks and simplifying the design process, sales staff can focus on using their expertise to serve customers. 

Despite the feature-rich environment, SalesXpress is not difficult to master. The intuitive layout ensures a quick learning process, and customizable templates allow each team to use the documents they’re most familiar with.

Click here for more information on SalesXpress

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which 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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October 20 2020

Unpack the Latest Industry Shifts at the Build Smarter 2020 Virtual Conference

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2020 -- Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is proud to announce an entirely virtual edition of the popular Build Smarter Conference, taking place across North America from November 9th to 13th, 2020. Constellation is bringing together builders and developers from around North America and offering admission to all five days of the conference entirely free of charge.  

Throughout the five days of this year's conference, attendees will be able to take part in 70+ hands-on training sessions run by the industry's greatest experts. The main keynote sessions will include presentation of the market data for Q4, 2020 and an outlook for 2021 given by Ali Wolf, Meyer Research's Chief Economist, as well as a talk on the forces shaping the immediate future and our recovery, given by Mike Lipkin, the founder of Environics/Lipkin.

Builder panels featuring homebuilding veterans, visionary leaders, and technology wizards will cover the homebuilding industry's most critical topics of 2020,and allow attendees to ask questions and share insights from their experiences.

"2020 has marked a huge shift in the way the homebuilding industry operates," says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "The speakers and topics we're featuring at the 2020 Build Smarter Conference will explore the insights and inspiration necessary to have success in 2020 and beyond."

Constellation's dedicated product experts will also be on hand throughout the conference, conducting one-on-one Tech Lab meetings and offering attendees an in-depth look at the newest homebuilding software innovations and solutions the Constellation team has been developing for the last year.

"Our goal is to give attendees the knowledge and expertise to take advantage of Constellation's ground-breaking homebuilding solutions and services, so they can take on the 'New Normal' with confidence," says Elmira Abushayeva, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems' Director of Marketing. 

Whether you work in land development, construction, or marketing, the information and connections gained during this year's virtual conference will help you tackle the challenges you'll face moving in to 2021.

Register now to secure your ticket. 

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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For more information, please contact:

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

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August 11 2020

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Rolls Out New COVID-19 Screening Tool

TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2020 -- Employees are one of a company's greatest assets. Providing them peace of mind and protecting their health and safety has always been our first priority. With these beliefs in mind, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is proud to announce the launch of our new COVID-19 Screening Tool. As more states mandate health pre-screenings, there's no better time to mitigate the risk to our clients' operations.

As the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is ideally placed to offer this unique solution that supports business operations, while minimizing risk for your staff and stakeholders.

Our COVID-19 Screening Tool has been developed specifically for the home building industry, and allows managers and HR teams to quickly and easily execute digital health assessments that are both secure and confidential.

Through the tool, assessment questionnaires are sent to anyone who plans to enter your workplace each day. This assessment includes specific questions suggested by health experts, or businesses can implement their own. This helps to ensure compliance with governmental as well as industry regulations.

Robust and customizable reporting features offer regular updates, so management has all the information they'll need to make informed decisions, protect their business's ongoing work, and minimize risk for their team.

Inside the tool, guidelines on COVID-19 safety protocols, self-isolation after exposure, and testing make it easy for your team to find accurate and up-to-date health information at any time of the day or night.

"Our primary goal is for our solutions to serve our clients, and help them recover from the devastating impacts of COVID-19," says Christian Caswell, Director and Founder of CustomerInsight at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "Our new COVID-19 Screening Tool is a practical way for us to help our partners by offering a simple solution for new provincially-mandated health screening requirements."

Since rolling out the COVID-19 Screening Tool from CustomerInsight, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has continually invested in ongoing customer support and updates that ensure this tool can be integrated into any business's existing systems. Click here to find more information on using the COVID-19 Screening Tool for your business.  

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which 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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May 28 2020

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Acquires LandDev, a Leading System for Real Estate Land Developers

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2020 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, has acquired LandDev, a leading cloud-based software system for commercial and residential real estate land developers. With many of its most notable customers already using LandDev, the acquisition will allow Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to expand deeper into the construction process.

LandDev, a product of Leverance, Inc., is currently integrated with Constellation HomeBuilder Systems major enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms like NEWSTAR Enterprise and FAST, as well as some other accounting products. Constellation will be able to put more resources behind the LandDev product, creating more powerful enhancements, extending customer care capacity, and improving online resources to benefit both Constellation ERP customers and standalone clients.

“We’re very excited to bring the LandDev product under our umbrella,” says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Having worked closely with the LandDev team for many years, we know that the acquisition will bring considerable value to our customers and our business.”

Speaking to the timing of the news, Chris added, “Despite the uncertainty we are all dealing with today, we are very well prepared to continue investing in vertical market software companies.”  

Industry veteran and Leverance, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, Chuck Cosby looks forward to beginning a new stage of his career upon the acquisition. “I’ll be staying involved and consulting with Constellation HomeBuilder Systems around LandDev, but I’m thrilled to have the product in their capable hands,” says Chuck. “They are dedicated to the long-term maintenance and enhancements of all of their products, and this ensures that LandDev will be cared for and nurtured for decades to come."

As Constellation HomeBuilder Systems begins further integrating LandDev’s operations, its team will reach out to customers and partners in the coming weeks to provide updates, seek feedback, and answer questions.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which 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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March 17 2020

How Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is Addressing COVID-19

To our valued Clients and Partners,

COVID-19 is causing businesses and individuals to adjust their internal and external interactions. Our primary concern is for our staff, customers, and your customers and we will do all we can to provide safe conditions for all. We expect no operational impact for our customers at this time and provide our full commitment to your business.
 
According to recommendations by many levels of government and health professionals we have implemented the following operational adjustments. Working with our HR department and senior managers, we have encouraged all employees to work from home until further notice. We will reassess that recommendation daily. For employees that are traveling or have travel plans, we have instructed them to cancel travel and move the training sessions or meetings online, postpone, or cancel as necessary.

With that in mind, we expect our ability to serve our clients at a high level to be unaffected. Our solutions are being fully supported, while our Customer Care and Professional Services teams remain available to provide any assistance and training you require.  As always, please visit the Constellation Customer Care website for complete details on how to reach us.
 
We thank you for your cooperation and send our best wishes to you throughout this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Chris Graham
Vice President

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January 20 2020

Constellation Brings the Digital Homebuilding Experience to Life at IBS 2020

Booth attendees will see the latest mobile and online applications to enhance the customer journey and improve the builder/vendor relationship

TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services will join the 2020 NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS), taking place January 21-23 in Las Vegas. Constellation's booth – #SU619 – will feature the latest applications, software, and tools that address the evolving needs of builders and buyers in an increasingly digital marketplace.

"The homebuyer's journey has changed dramatically over the last decade, as digital experiences and expectations have become rooted into our everyday lives. For builders, this ushers in new opportunities to connect with buyers, improve productivity, and maximize their revenue," said Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "We are excited to demonstrate Constellation's innovative solutions and features that have been recently acquired, enhanced, and developed to equip builders in these changing times."

Highlighting the digital experience for builders and buyers, Constellation will showcase a range of new solutions and features, including:

•  NewHomeListingService.com (NHLS™) and New Home Key app:  In addition to the online NHLS search hub, demos will be given of the recently-released Rapid Lead Response System available to builders on mobile devices. As part of the NHLS portal, the New Home Key app allows builders to capture, update, and follow-up on leads, as well as assign potential buyers to sales agents and monitor their progress – all from one tool.
*Complimentary access to these solutions will be given at the booth.

• Sales Office Manager for NEWSTAR: This new solution allows sales agents to quickly capture prospects and present a home sales contract in less than three minutes. The selling experience is dramatically streamlined, allowing agents to sell a home using interactive guided experiences, drawing from real-time ERP data.

• BuildTopia integration to QuickBooks Online: This new functionality release enables direct integration with QuickBooks' flexible online tool, putting automated accounting in the hands of BuildTopia users. With less hassle and no more double entries, builders will benefit from automatic syncing of Projects, Lots, Trade Partners, Cost Codes, Budgets, Purchase Orders, and more.

• LOTFITS with 3D topography mapping: This web-based tool equips builders with error-free engineering and community planning. Leveraging the patented 'FIT' Matrix, builders can now wow their buyers with interactive mapping that places their preferred model and structural options on the perfect lot, while still meeting crucial monotony regulations.

• VenderGo and BuilderGo mobile applications: Designed to greatly enhance the vendor/builder relationship, these apps extend project management capabilities with features to view and prioritize tasks, provide project updates in real-time from the field, and communicate 'on the go' through direct messaging.

Click here to receive a free pass to the show and get more information on Constellation's demonstrations at Booth #SU619 in the South Hall (nextBUILD Section).

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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

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November 11 2019

Why We're Excited About the 2019 Build Smarter Conference

Like all of the attendees that have signed up so far, we’re really excited about the 2019 Build Smarter Conference. When we head down to Scottsdale on November 18th, we’ll be joined by 400+ home builder colleagues, representing more than 90 of the top building companies in North America.

Being able to learn alongside hundreds of your peers, compare experiences, and discover new skills together is an invaluable opportunity. But there us much more to it!

Here are a few more things we’re looking forward to:

Making New Connections at Networking Events

Although there’s definitely a focus on technology and innovation, this conference also offers a wealth of networking events and opportunities. The first day of the conference begins with meetings of various Constellation software user groups, so you have a chance to connect with a smaller group of peers who also use the same software tools.

Then, a larger networking event and cocktail reception on Monday evening gives you an opportunity to mingle with all the conference attendees.

On Tuesday night during main dinner event, you will experience the Festival in the Desert Coachella Style, with amazing exclusive entertainment, a live band, a cook-out, dancing and activities all scattered inside of the Coachella walls of Copper Canyon. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite musical attire inspired by Bohemian looks and Coachella festival. Get ready as we light up the sky of the desert!

We are also excited about our Southwest Cooking Challenge event where we will turn you into Southwestern Food Masters!  Each team will have to make a signature salsa and guacamole dish, name them and sell them to the Chef!  You will be judged on creation, presentation, creativity, humor, and originality and execution.

The Luxurious Venue

Our venue for 2019 is the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. Set in a vast desert oasis, this AAA Five Diamond hotel offers five restaurants and bars, six pools (including one surrounded by 9,000 square feet of sparkling white sand beach), and two championship golf courses. Between conference sessions, relax and kick back in your luxurious room, or enjoy the scenery with a walk around the beautifully landscaped grounds.


Fun and Exciting Off-Site Events

In addition to dozens of on-site events and sessions every day, we’ve decided to organize a few fun and exciting off-site activities this year. Hop on a Desert Hummer tour,or join new friends and colleagues on a horseback riding adventure through the beautiful Sonoran landscape.

These activities are the perfect opportunity to recharge after a first-time homebuyer class, or software user group session. Scottsdale in November is still a balmy 55-70°F/12-25°C, and there are ample opportunities to enjoy the grounds in the mornings and evenings.

 

Casual Drop-In Learning Opportunities

Not everyone enjoys learning in the same way. In addition to focused sessions, we’re also offering product demos, technology labs, question-and-answer sessions, and team building activities designed to engage attendees in a fun and casual way. Hands-on experience is a great way to learn new software, and having experts available for questions makes even the most complex technology accessible.

If you’re attending the conference and want to start connecting with colleagues and new friends before you even arrive, join us on Instagram. We’ll be posting lots of content from Scottsdale, and are even offering one lucky person a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is post pictures from the conference with the hashtag #buildsmarter2019. The more social media channels you tag, the greater your chances of winning, so follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Click here to check out some testimonials from past conference attendees,and hear all about what they learned from their experience at past Build Smarter conferences.

See you all in Scottsdale!

 

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October 24 2019

Constellation Launches Exclusive Mobile App for Rapid Lead Response

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is excited to announce the launch of the New Home Key application, an exclusive Rapid Lead Response System available for mobile devices as part of the company's NewHomeListingService.com (NHLS™) portal. 

Available through the Apple App Store and Google Play, the New Home Key app allows builders to access their account with credentials provided by NHLS™. The app's "lead workflow" system allows leads from any source to be funneled directly to the mobile app for rapid response and management. Sources can include using the system on your Builder website, or a Facebook ad or anywhere else you want to be able to respond quickly. 

"Builders and sales teams are constantly on-the-go, and need a simplified way to manage their leads when, where, and how they choose. The New Home Key app provides that rapid level of response, right in the palm of their hand," Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "The application is one of the many innovative solutions that Constellation provides to help builders adapt to the 'expectation revolution' – an era where both buyers and builders are increasingly accustomed to information, convenience, and a fast response personalized experience in the digital age." 

With workflow-driven processes, the New Home Key app allows builders to accept, update, and assign a lead, as well as instantly call, email, or text a response. The tool also enables users to monitor the progress and performance of the sales team to drive improvements. 

The New Home Key app has response management tools which are accessible anytime, anywhere and also allows push notifications on important leads. The app tracks lead activity and actions. It enables seamless CRM integration with CHB products like NewHomeListingService to ensure leads are included in campaigns. 

"Our Rapid Lead Response system is designed for builders. Now builders can follow-up as quickly as used home sales agents," said Milo Anderson, Founder and Director of NewHomeListingService.com. "Whether they are in the office, showing a model homes, at the airport, or in a coffee shop – they'll have total lead control at their fingertips." 

To download the New Home Key App from the App Store, Click here

For a pre-release demonstration of the New Home Key app, Visit here

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August 19 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Partners with Real-time Software LOTFITS to Configure the Best Home on the Perfect Lot

TORONTO–August 19, 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is proud to announce its partnership with LOTFITS, a web-based interactive tool that allows home builders to fit a customer's dream home on their preferred lot.

LOTFITS will make it significantly easier for builders to deliver custom designs that meet monotony regulations. It automates the entire fit process, enhancing land development and community planning to ensure that the builder can get the homebuyer’s preferred model and structural options on the desired lot.

“This partnership between Constellation and LOTFITS is going to be crucial for meeting homebuyer expectations from the first time they interact with a home builder. The homebuyer wants more information than ever before. If you don’t have that information available to support your customer experience process, they’ll go to a home builder who does,” says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “As customer experience becomes more important for home builders, we want to make sure that they have the best tool at their disposal while being able to maximize lot capacity.”

“Builders spend a lot of unnecessary time to meet community guidelines and restrictions when it comes to finding the perfect lot for every customer,” says Steve Bauer of LOTFITS. “We’re excited to be working with the big team at Constellation so that these builders don’t have to worry about that factor anymore.”

With this new partnership, home builders will be able to create a more streamlined land development process, which opens more opportunities for them to accommodate more homebuyers. From the first meeting, homebuyers will be able to experience this process by viewing home and lot options in 3D. For more information about LOTFITS, learn here.

Constellation will showcase a LOTFITS product demo at its annual Build Smarter conference on November 18-20 2019. Find out how Constellation can help you use LOTFITS to maximize structural upsells and reduce engineering costs by getting a ticket here.


About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange.


About LOTFITS

LOTFITS solves an industry-wide problem for home builders, while enhancing the land development process and helping to set reasonable customer expectations at the point of sale. This revolutionary product has endured significant real-life testing and is just now being released to the general home builder market.


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

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July 8 2019

Build Smarter 2019 Conference Explores the Home Buyer Expectation Revolution

TORONTO–July 8, 2019 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is excited to announce the theme of its Build Smarter 2019 Conference: The Expectation Revolution: Exploring Building Trends, Technology, and Innovation for the Evolving Home Buyer. The annual event attracts high participation from builders across the U.S. and Canada, with over 400 people in attendance last year.

Held Nov. 18-20 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona, this year’s conference includes 60+ sessions spanning software training and education, exciting keynotes, product demonstrations, builder presentations, roundtable discussions, and high-value networking opportunities.

“Our goal has been to provide a truly unique opportunity for hands-on software training and highly-collaborate idea sharing – and with over 90% of last year’s attendees planning to return this year, we know we’re hitting the mark,” said Chris Graham, Vice President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “We’re extremely excited about the content we’ve curated for this year’s conference. The sessions are designed to not only help builders improve processes and increase their software ROI, but also gain insights on how to satisfy the expectations of today’s highly-discerning home buyers.”

The event agenda kicks off with user groups specific for various products, followed by two packed days of educational sessions and networking. Continuing the theme of home buyer expectations, Mollie Carmichael, principal with Meyers Research, will present a keynote revealing new data on buyer demographics and expectations; and demonstrations will be given of Constellation’s recent product additions.

The Home Builder University track of educational sessions will return this year, as well as the extremely popular tech lab. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibitor floor to meet with a wide array of technology sponsors, plus interact directly with Constellation leaders and specialists to gain a deeper understanding of their technology solutions.

“What we’ve been hearing from builders is that they are experiencing an expectation revolution, driven by home buyers that are accustomed to convenience and personalization in the digital age,” said Elmira Abushayeva, director of marketing at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “We’re excited to have a quorum of builders, industry leaders, and even actual home buyers join us to present their unique perspectives.”

For more information on the conference, agenda, and registration, please visit:

https://www.constellationhb.com/Conference

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May 10 2019

NewHomeListingService.com Grows Again - 9,000 New Home Listings and a New Launch in the Greater Toronto Area

TORONTO, May 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- NewHomeListingService (NHLS™), a Constellation HomeBuilder Systems company, is excited to announce the launch of the new home listings search hub in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and reaching 9,000 new home listings on the site. NHLS™ is a leader in new home listings search, connecting buyers, builders and real estate agents across Canada.

NHLS will now make searching for a brand new home in the GTA easier and faster. This unique online portal is proven to match the perfect home with the right buyer – while delivering valuable leads for the home builder – all in one place. Home buyers now have access to more than 100 new home GTA builders and over 800 new home listings in major GTA areas, such as North York, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Burlington, Stouffville, Vaughan and other.

NHLS™ is proud to be the “The most trusted newly built home directory in Canada” with listings in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario.

“We strive to bring a new experience to home buyers to find their dream new home”, says Milo Anderson, Founder and Director of NewHomeListingService.com. “At the same time, we look forward to working with home builders help them increase awareness and sell more homes”.

NHLS will be launching in additional regions across Canada soon. If you would like more information about listing your available and quick move-in homes and condominiums or would like more information about when the service will be available in your area, please contact us at 1-844-645-7669

About NewHomeListingService™.com

NewHomeListingService.com is an online SaaS solution to help homebuyers find new homes and condos faster, help builders find prospective buyers easily, and help real estate agents work effectively with both builders and buyers.

NewHomeListingService.com has been recently acquired by Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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April 11 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems and NEEZO Studios Enable Visualization in Design Studios

TORONTO, April 11, 2019 - Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is proud to partner with an award-winning creative studio and architectural visualization firm, NEEZO Studios. Founded in 2005, NEEZO Studios creates end-to-end digital solutions through the latest innovations in 3D art and technology.

The visualization solution from NEEZO Studios is being integrated with NEWSTAR and Design Studio Manager to form a new application known as NEWSTAR Design Studio Manager Visualizer. This application will enable homebuyers to personalize the look and feel of the home through room renderings that serve options and upgrades for a more intuitive experience. Once users select options for the different areas of their home (including kitchen, dining room or bathroom) they are able to see the changes right in front of their eyes.

"This partnership opens up a lot of doors for us to focus on our strengths in virtual reality and interactive content," says Marvin Maalouf, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at NEEZO Studios. "As we move forward in this partnership, we're excited to help homebuyers better visualize the different options available and help builders conduct more productive design studio appointments."

The new visualizer application is scheduled to roll out in mid-2019. Additional features are currently being worked on to provide homebuyers with the ability to view changes in exterior options including roof shingles, windows and door frames in real-time. "We are thrilled to deliver better offerings for designers and provide builders with an opportunity to increase customer upgrade revenue," says Dimitrios Polyzos, Program Manager at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "As customers demand more engaging décor studio appointments, we're eager to provide innovative technology to meet their needs."

This new visualizer application presents an exciting opportunity for Constellation to help builders conduct more efficient studio appointments and help homebuyers make decisions with ease, ultimately providing them with a better understanding of what they want in their dream home. Learn more about NEWSTAR Design Studio Manager Visualizers.

About NEEZO Studios
NEEZO Studios is an award-winning creative studio and architectural visualization firm specializing in photorealistic 3D renderings and animations, virtual reality, and interactive content for real estate, retail and automotive clients as well as film/television.

Through the latest innovations in 3D art and technology, paired with their storytelling and aesthetic strengths, NEEZO Studios creates end-to-end digital solutions that has made a prominent impact on the digital marketing realm.

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March 25 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to Redefine the Home Building Landscape Through NewHomeListingService.com Acquisition

MARKHAM, ONTARIO - March 25, 2019

 Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, has acquired NewHomeListingService.com (NHLS™), a leader in new home listings, to connect buyers, builders and real estate agents. With many goals in common, the NewHomeListingService.com team will be joining Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to further expand the most comprehensive homebuilding and land development solutions available in the industry.

NewHomeListingService.com is an online SaaS solution to help homebuyers find new homes and condos faster, help builders find prospective buyers easily, and help real estate agents work effectively with both builders and buyers. "This acquisition provides a growth opportunity for both businesses and supports our strategy to help builders manage their business more successfully. Promoting new homes and condos is easier than ever before," says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "As builders look for more effective ways to connect with homebuyers, we will be well-positioned to support them on that journey." 

NewHomeListingService.com will be integrated with NEWSTAR, FAST and BuildTopia enterprise resource planning solutions from Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. The integration will allow data to sync in real-time so that prospective buyers have access to the most accurate and updated information at all times.

"Constellation HomeBuilder Systems offers a tremendous opportunity for NewHomeListingService.com to further expand its service offering in Canada and the United States," says Milo Anderson, Founder of NewHomeListingService.com. "Joining Constellation creates the perfect synergy allowing builders to get the most exposure for their new homes and condos in the most convenient way."

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March 20 2019

Winners Announced: 2019 CustomerInsight Home Owner Mark of Excellence Awards presented by Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

MARKHAM, ONTARIO - March 19, 2019

CustomerInsight, a group of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, honored excellence in customer, trade and employee satisfaction on Friday, March 8 at the Home Owner Mark of Excellence (H.O.M.E.) Awards gala. Over 300 builders, trade partners and suppliers attended the event held at the Hyatt Regency Calgary to celebrate the companies who achieved exceptional customer experience scores throughout 2018, as rated by their clients.

Awards were distributed for categories including Best Customer Experience, Builder of Choice, Best Trade/Supply Partner and Industry Ambassador of the Year. Winners were chosen based off of two builder reviews (1 month post-possession and 13 months post-possession), including questions such as product and service satisfaction, process/procedures and follow-through on promises made and fulfilled to customers.

"New homebuyers wanted to recognize their builder for providing extraordinary customer experiences and we are delighted to be able to recognize their achievements which have contributed towards improving the residential construction industry," says Christian Caswell, Director & Founder, CustomerInsight. "The Voice of the Customer and the pursuit of excellence in customer experience was the reason why we created this event in the first place and we congratulate all 2019 finalists and winners for having a positive impact on a great Industry."

For a complete list of H.O.M.E. Award winners, visit http://homeownermark.com/h-o-m-e-gold/

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February 13 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to release new features for mobile applications and enhanced customer experience solutions at IBS 2019

MARKHAM, ONTARIO (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is set to showcase industry-leading solutions at the NAHB International Builders’ Show from February 19 - 21, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees can expect to see the VendorGo and BuilderGo mobile applications, along with leading programs and tools for modern design studios and customer experience at booth #SU1421.

The newest features will be unveiled for mobile applications that enhance vendor and builder communications. Users will now have more direct control over what they store offline and how much space the app uses through the newly expanded offline functionality. Vendors will also be able to identify and prioritize tasks by easily locating all the details of what was sold in the home. “These new product features improve the usability of our mobile applications VendorGo and BuilderGo,” says Jeremy Halbert, Director of Application Development at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Homebuilders and vendors need timely communication on the construction site and we are confident these new features will help further enhance the building process.”

Today, over 84% customers say online customer evaluations have an influence on their purchasing decisions and are comparable to personal recommendations. As homeowners increasingly rely on reviews, having a strong online reputation is key to gaining homeowner trust. Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is leading the way by prioritizing customer experience data and creating a three-pronged approach that allows homebuilders to strengthen their online persona while generating additional revenue and improving customer interaction. “Collecting and analyzing homeowner feedback shows you value their opinions,” says Christian Caswell, Director of Customer Experience at CustomerInsight Group, part of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Listening to the voice of the customer helps strengthen the relationship you have with them in addition to helping align your company’s products and services with their wants and needs.”

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is leading the industry with a comprehensive suite of software solutions, from land development to design studio management to warranty as standalone or integrated systems. Whether you build two homes or two thousand homes annually, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems can provide a package of solutions tailored to fit your specific needs and help maximize your business profits.

During IBS 2019, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems will be giving away an Xbox One X in a social media contest at booth #SU1421. For more information on the giveaway and personal demos at IBS 2019 click here.

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February 13 2019

Big Builders Like Brookfield Residential Choose Constellation HomeBuilder Systems as their Trusted Software Partner

MARKHAM, ONTARIO (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is proud to be the strategic partner of choice for one of the largest home building companies in North America, Brookfield Residential. An industry leader for over 60 years, Brookfield Residential has reached #29 on the Builder100 list with over 1,677 U.S. closings in 2017. This new partnership between the two companies was established at the end of 2018.

Brookfield Residential has been operating multiple homebuilding business applications from various providers. To meet their need for better data transparency between the various business departments, Brookfield Residential was seeking an out-of-the-box solution that could work seamlessly to manage their core land and homebuilding business across countries, divisions, communities, and product lines. In addition to core construction operations management, Brookfield Residential will benefit from Constellation’s investment in technology to help builders improve the customer experience related to option selection, upgrade sales, and long-term homeowner satisfaction.

After an extensive vendor and solution review, they selected Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to be their platform technology partner. Constellation would not only be able to support the complexities that come with being a builder of their size, they would also be able to help with the tools and technology they need to be successful. Constellation HomeBuilder Systems was the technology partner Brookfield Residential was looking for, with a proven track record of successfully handling large implementations and supporting other big builders across North America.

NEWSTAR Enterprise builder management software has helped bridge the gap between Brookfield Residential’s multi-national, multi-state organizational structure,” says Bob Swainhart, Director of Professional Services at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Through NEWSTAR, Brookfield Residential can expect to see cost savings and efficiencies with one system.”

Brookfield Residential invests in their team members by promoting a culture of learning through encouraging employee training. During Constellation’s Build Smarter 2018 Conference in October, they sent end users from different departments. “We share the same values as Brookfield Residential when it comes to employee training and development. It’s one element that makes our partnership such a great fit,” says Chris Graham, Vice President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “This partnership is very exciting for both organizations and we look forward to working with Brookfield Residential.”

 

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January 25 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Set to Host the 9th Annual CustomerInsight H.O.M.E. Awards on March 8, 2019

MARKHAM, ONTARIO - JANUARY 24, 2019

Constellation Home Builder Systems is excited to present the 9th annual CustomerInsight H.O.M.E. Awards, the most prestigious event in the residential building industry. The annual competition honors excellence in customer, trade and employee satisfaction. This is the first year Constellation will be hosting the awards ceremony since acquiring CustomerInsight in 2018. Now in its 9th year, the award ceremony, held in Calgary, will be distributing awards for Best Customer Experience, Builder of Choice, Best Trade/Supply Partner and Industry Ambassador of the Year.

H.O.M.E provides a select group of companies who have achieved and maintained outstanding customer experience results throughout the entire build process and beyond the first year of warranty. “ The one thing all top performing home builders have in common is their ability to engage customers and make them the highest priority throughout the building process,” says Christian Caswell, Director and Founder of CustomerInsight and the H.O.M.E. Awards. “These awards represent homeowners’ voices and feedback in order to differentiate those that have made outstanding contributions to the building industry.”

The event will be emceed by James Cunningham, a stand-up comedian who performs in hundreds of shows annually in comedy clubs and at corporate events.

“Our goal with this ceremony is to promote the talent and accomplishments of the most exceptional companies in the industry from across Canada and the United States,” said Chris Graham, Vice President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “We’re excited to have the best in the homebuilding industry join us for a glamorous evening of networking and celebration.”

All winners will be announced on March 8th, 2019, and honored at the H.O.M.E. Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, Alberta.

Tickets are now on sale with proceeds being donated to Make-A-Wish Canada. For more information on the event, awards and past winners please visit: http://homeownermark.com

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January 15 2019

Taylor Morrison Extends Partnership with Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Enabling Rapid Growth

MARKHAM, ONTARIO - JANUARY 14, 2019

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is proud to partner with one of the largest home building companies in North America, Taylor Morrison. Founded in 2007, Taylor Morrison has reached #6 on the Builder100 list with over 8,000 closings in 2017.

To meet its national growth projections, Taylor Morrison has trusted NEWSTAR Enterprise from Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to manage their home building operations as a system of record for all business activity.

Taylor Morrison has already begun using NEWSTAR Enterprise builder management software to unite their teams and strengthen the relationship between various business functions. As part of the partnership, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems will enable Taylor Morrison to grow and reach more markets than ever before. “Using NEWSTAR Enterprise and training our employees is the best way for us to grow,” says John Lucas, Vice President of IT at Taylor Morrison. “As we move forward in this partnership, we’re confident that Constellation will provide the support and expertise to help us manage significant growth.”

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems constantly evolves their products based on the needs of public and private builders, and the industry in general. The company actively sponsors user groups and hosts industry events across North America to encourage face-to-face networking with other top builders, often swapping best practices and influencing upcoming product enhancements. “We are thrilled to continue working with a company like Taylor Morrison. This partnership reiterates our strong commitment to builders across North America,” says Chris Graham, Vice President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “We’ve been working closely together with Taylor Morrison for many years. We look forward to a very successful long-term partnership.”

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November 26 2018

2018 Year in Review: Most Exciting Year Yet For Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

TORONTO, ON – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is on track to have the biggest year yet. 2018 was jam-packed with activity, from launching new products to forming partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Each year, products are created and evolved based on the needs of public and private builders. The launch of VendorGo addressed both efficiency and time savings which are two key components to a builder's success. The new mobile application is already helping to improve vendor and builder communications by providing builders with the ability to relay real-time information at the construction site. Work has also been done to modernize the design appointment process with the new Design Studio Manager redline floorplan feature, allowing designers to focus on having more productive studio appointments. 

In addition to successful product launches, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has formed successful partnerships with many leading home building companies ranked in the Builder 100 list. These builders are using Constellation builder management software to unite their teams, work towards their organizational growth projections and further address the needs of their operations.

In the customer experience space, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is continuing to help homebuilders improve operational processes with valued products and services. The newly formed CustomerInsight Group is dedicated to advancing homebuyer interactions by bringing resources and opportunities to builders in a three-part process consisting of surveys & data, consulting & analysis and technology & communication.

One of the biggest events to date was the Build Smarter 2018 Conference which hosted over 320 home builders and over 60 Constellation employees in Nashville. The 3-day conference provided builders with valuable learning opportunities including 60+ software training sessions, exciting keynotes, product demonstrations, builder presentations and round-table discussions.

"To say a lot has happened would be an understatement. We accomplished so much this year," says Chris Graham, Vice President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "The year ahead is going to be an exciting period of continued growth as we seek new ways to push beyond the boundaries of the homebuilding industry."

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November 22 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Holds Largest Annual Conference to Date in Nashville, TN on October 3-5, 2018

TORONTO, ON – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of software solutions and services for home builders and developers is excited to host the biggest conference to date with over 300 home builders expected to attend. The Build Smarter 2018 Conference will celebrate Nashville with the theme Build the Rhythm of the Future, a tribute to the vibrant musical history. The 3-day conference, held at the newly-built JW Marriott Nashville, includes 60+ software training sessions, exciting keynotes, product demonstrations, builder presentations, round-table discussions and opportunities to network with over 300 home builders.

“Our goal with this conference is to bring together builders from all over US and Canada to exchange ideas and improve their homebuilding business processes,” said Chris Graham, Vice President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “We are passionate about this conference because we are passionate about seeing homebuilders succeed.”

The event kicks off with user groups specific to each product followed by two prominent keynote speakers who will provide a quick glimpse into the forces that will impact homebuilding operations. The first keynote speaker, Greg Lindsay, will guide attendees down the journey of the changing homebuilding landscape and the factors transforming the cities we live in. Tim Sullivan will follow by addressing the current market statistics and touch on regional trends to reveal where the home building industry is expected to be over the next decade.

New this year is Homebuilder University – a series of builder presentations and round-table discussions created to ensure attendees understand the latest home building challenges and how to tackle them. One of the biggest topics covered will be homebuyer engagement and how that will be enriched as a result of Constellation’s newly formed customer experience group. The conference offers the ability to walk away with key solutions and swap best practices with fellow peers and industry experts.

“The speaker line-up we’ve assembled brings insight to the factors that affect the home building industry, in addition to knowledge of emerging trends”, said Elmira Abushayeva, Director of Marketing at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “We’re excited to have both builders and industry leaders join us to present their perspectives for three days of meaningful conversations, content sharing and throught-provoking discussions.”

Build Smarter 2018 Conference begins Wednesday, October 3rd and runs through Friday October 5th at the JW Marriott in Nashville, TN.

For more information on the conference, keynote speakers and topics please visit: http://www.constellationhb.com/conference

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August 15 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Dominates Customer Experience in Homebuilding Space with Newly Formed Group

Toronto, ON - August 14, 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is changing the homebuyer customer experience landscape with the newly formed customer experience group.

Today, over 87% of homebuilding companies say they expect to compete in their market mostly or completely on the basis of customer experience. As homeowners demand a more engaging customer service experience from builders, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is leading the way by making them the highest priority.

Over the past two years, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has made strategic investments in the customer experience space, acquiring CustomerInsight, CustomerConnect, Woodland, O'Brien & Scott and Conasys Homeowner Care. Each of these companies brings highly valued products and services that have been proven to increase customer experience, reduce warranty costs and drive brand recognition and referrals. "Customer experience is a strategy to fundamentally align a company's products and services with the wants and needs of its customers," says Christian Casewell, Director of Customer Experience at Constellation Homebuilder Systems. "While this might seem simple, there really is no other way to uncover the truth than to ask your customers directly."

The newly formed Customer Experience Group will help bring new resources and opportunities to builders by approaching customer experience from two sides. On one side, independent "voice of the customer" surveying will be conducted at key moments with performance metrics and strategic analysis to help homebuilders stay ahead of the curve. On the other side, powerful customer communication platforms will deliver value to homes, while allowing homebuilders to strengthen customer relationships. "As this new group comes together, the additional value that we can bring to our customers is exciting," said Charlie Scott, Director at Woodland O'Brien & Scott. "No other company in the industry offers this depth and breadth of home builder tools and service – it's very exciting."

Learn what the new Customer Experience Group has to offer and how they will help homebuilders achieve excellent customer service. Watch the video.

Homeowners today want to do business with builders that truly listen to them, not just make them think they are listening. Companies that engage customers and create exceptional experiences can set themselves apart from competitors and thrive.

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July 25 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Exhibits Brand-New Products and Initiatives at PCBC 2018

TORONTO, ON JUNE 25, 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, will exhibit brand-new products and initiatives at PCBC 2018 in San Francisco. With these new releases, Constellation continues to develop technology that helps builders simplify operations and improve the end-to-end buying experience for their prospective home owners.

New from Constellation HomeBuilder Systems – visit booth 1844 at PCBC 2018 to learn more: 

VendorGo is a mobile app that allows vendors and suppliers to conveniently manage schedules, stay up-to-date on project changes, view purchase orders and invoices, and communicate directly with the builder. VendorGo puts powerful information in the hands of vendors – while giving the builder full control over how the vendor views and manipulates the information. VendorGo integrates with the industry-leading software systems NEWSTAR, FAST, BuildTopia, and Conasys. The app is now available for iOS and Android.

Design Studio Manager: Floor Plans is built for designers to create digitally integrated red line floor plans. Easily add options to floor plans by simply dragging and dropping products and icons onto the floor plan via a tablet. Floor Plans works closely with the Design Agent Portal and the Customer Wish List to create a truly impressive design studio experience with Design Studio Manager.

Artificial intelligence technology is driving Constellation’s predictive home building services, which increases productivity of individual users by modelling and predicting their user experience and suggesting relevant next steps. AI technology will soon power advanced modelling tools that combine the builder’s data with external sources to make predictive recommendations and support strategic decisions.

With Constellation’s recent acquisition of CustomerInsight, alongside existing offerings from Conasys Homeowner Care and the “Voice of the Customer” experts at Woodland, O’Brien & Scott, the company is helping builders to provide exceptional customer experience by managing the process of building each home, measuring the experience of buying the home, and maintaining the loyalty of each and every customer.

Constellation’s Build Smarter 2018 Conference will bring 350+ home builders and industry experts to Nashville, Tennessee on October 3-5 for two and a half days of intensive education sessions on all areas of home building software and technology. New this year, builders will present education sessions of their own at the Homebuilder University – from “how to build a house in 43-days” to “the design studio of the future”. Builders who would like to attend our conference in Nashville should stop by our booth this week for a special gift.

Visit Constellation HomeBuilder Systems in booth 1844 during PCBC 2018 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to see VendorGo, Design Studio Manager or any of the powerful management software platforms that Constellation provides to hundreds of builders across North America. For a complimentary pass to attend PCBC 2018, click here.

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June 5 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Acquires CustomerInsight

Toronto, ON - June 5, 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, has acquired CustomerInsight, a leader in customer experience management, analytics and performance services for home builders and residential developers. With many customers in common, the CustomerInsight team will be joining Constellation HomeBuilder Systems to further expand the business services available to the industry.

CustomerInsight is a customer experience research company designed to help residential homebuilding professionals uncover their homebuyer, employee and trade/supply partner experiences; turning insight into profitability. The purchase of CustomerInsight furthers Constellation's reach into the customer experience space, alongside recent acquisitions of Conasys Homeowner Care and Woodland, O'Brien & Scott.

"At Constellation, we view customer experience as a window into the home builder's operations and process," says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "The customer has a unique perspective on the process of building a home, and we are working with hundreds of progressive builders across North America to improve the experience for each of their homebuyers – by helping the builder to proactively correct any process-related issues that affect the finished product." 

CustomerInsight provides outstanding research and coaching for leading organizations in the home building industry. Understanding the homeowner experience is only the first step to developing and maintaining truly loyal customers. Setting clear expectations of processes, procedures and "getting it right the first time" is essential to delivering an exceptional experience and maintaining the best brand position in the market. CustomerInsight accomplishes these goals by managing the process of building each home, measuring the experience of buying the home, and maintaining the loyalty of each and every customer.

"Joining Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is a tremendous opportunity for CustomerInsight and our customers," says Christian Caswell, President & CEO of CustomerInsight and CustomerConnect.  "The core values that are synonymous to our company and its brand shape the way we run our business and these values will continue to guide us as we look to the future."

The acquisition of CustomerInsight, CustomerConnect2.0 and the Home Owner Mark of Excellence Awards, along with substantial new personnel and software investments, will significantly benefit current and future customers of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems and CustomerInsight.

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May 9 2018

Predictive Home Building Has Arrived at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Toronto, ON - MAY 09, 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with advanced home building technology. Through partnerships with the nation’s most innovative builders, Constellation is developing predictive modelling that will allow home builders to anticipate – and maximize – future profitability and other important business metrics. From artificial intelligence to the design studio to trade communications, Constellation is building software that delivers results.

Artificial intelligence has already arrived: Constellation’s software for builders is increasing the productivity of individual users by modelling and predicting their user experience and suggesting relevant next steps. This is the result of 50+ data points within the software, modelled on the fly to make real-time recommendations.

In the near future, these data points will extend beyond the software to allow for predictions that drastically improve business decision making and allow home builders to identify previously unknown trends and problem areas. With the sheer volume of business data that is generated during the construction of communities and developments, tracked in Constellation’s solutions and analyzed alongside external trends, builders will have access to data and insights that were previously unimaginable.

From predictive modelling to previewing options and upgrades, Constellation’s team is finding new revenue streams for home builders. For new home sales and marketing, Design Studio Manager is allowing builders to generate up to 30% more upgrades with a personal, digitized design studio appointment. Wish List functionality allows homeowners to build their dream home online prior to the first appointment, and Floor Plans allow designers to digitally red line their lot diagrams, customizing to the homeowner’s wishes, and clarifying unique specifications for the trades.

Deep integration between the technology powering each department is the key to unlocking information and sharing that data throughout the company and the build cycle. Constellation’s VendorGo app for iOS and Android will give trades one-touch access to their personalized build schedule, and give builders access to a pool of trades who are eager to work with builders that simplify their day-to-day activities with powerful software.

To learn more about predictive home building and what’s next for builders and developers like you, please visit our mini-site at predict.constellationhb.com.

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April 17 2018

Hear Directly from Home Builders: How Design Studio Manager Delivers Exceptional Customer Experiences

Toronto, ON - April 17, 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, will be hosting an online panel of home building experts to discuss how implementing Design Studio Manager into their sales process has delivered exceptional customer experiences.

Design Studio Manager is web-based software that helps home builders and developers to manage and simplify the complex options selection process from any tablet or device. Builders who have adopted the software have begun to notice a more effective and efficient process. Some builders have increased their options and upgrades by 30% or more.

In this webinar, three builders will share experiences of working with Design Studio Manager, the newest product from Constellation. These builders report faster, more efficient appointments in their décor studios, and are benefitting from a design center that is fully integrated with their management software – both for product information and for enhanced reporting and analytics.

“Customer wish list” functionality allows new home buyers to pre-select options and upgrades through a personalized web portal: customers now arrive at the first design studio appointment with confidence. To further simplify the experience, your customers will take home fully integrated red line drawings with architectural symbols included – the same drawings your trades will use to accurately complete their work.

Webinar Panelists: 
Dennis Kunkel, Director of System Operations, The New Home Company 
Kim Bianchi, Décor Studio Manager, Opus Homes 
Anne Marchildon, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Andrin Homes

Secure your spot in this live webinar to discover your NEW design studio experience.

Webinar details: 
Discover The NEW Design Studio Experience 
Hear from builders how new technology is improving the design studio experience. 
Wednesday, April 25 
2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT 
LIVE ONLINE: SAVE MY SEAT

 

For further information:

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

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March 29 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Launches Seminar Series to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims

HOUSTON, TX – March 28, 2017 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, will be supporting the victims of Hurricane Harvey by hosting a live educational event on April 19, 2018, in Houston, TX.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems will be donating all proceeds from the event to Habitat for Humanity, a charity that works to ensure everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Proceeds will be put towards the rebuilding of family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. “It’s important that we support communities in their time of need,” says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Supporting the building community is extremely important to us as a company and many parts of greater Houston are still in a state of need.”

The half-day event itself will feature panellists from Meyers Research, Woodland O’Brien and top home building companies. Scott Davis, Senior Vice President of Meyers Research will be one of the experts weighing in on the current Texas homebuilding climate and how recent events such as Hurricane Harvey will impact residential development opportunities. The challenge is managing to build and rebuild homes with limited trade labor and materials, while the demand continues to climb. “The goal of this event is to equip builders with strategies to overcome the latest challenges of labor shortages and decreased land availability,” said Charlie Scott, Director of Woodland O’Brien & Scott. “With the latest data and figures available, attendees will better understand how to position their business for long-term success.”    

After hearing the research, a panel of homebuilder executives will discuss how the market trends are impacting their day-to-day business. A networking lunch will allow attendees to discuss challenges and strategies to meet these trends.

Seats are very limited in this live event. To learn about new opportunities to thrive in the Texas market, save your spot now.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. 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, which is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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

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March 29 2018

Join Us at The 5th Annual Land Development & Home Building Forum

Increasingly, today's market is about catering to millennials as first-time homebuyers, ensuring creative – yet cost-effective homes are tested and taking advantage of niche markets. Join our Director of Professional Services at The 5th Annual Real Estate Private Equity Forum. Bob Swainhart will cover:

- Innovations in homebuilding and condo products
- Appealing to the modern homebuyer
- Effective building strategies for cost savings
- Testing new home designs and taking advantage of niche markets

Read the Full Blog Article Here 

Event Details:

The 5th Annual Real estate Prive Equity Forum on Land,

Homebuilding & Condo Development (East)

April 10-11, 2018 | Four Seasons Miami, Miami, FL

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March 5 2018

Constellation Proudly Joins CustomerInsight Home Awards 2018

Here at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, we believe a community is only as strong as what it is built upon.

We support the communities in which our members work and play and as part of that commitment we proudly give back to the organizations that help build vibrant communities. That’s why we’ve decided to be a lead sponsor for the 2018 CustomerInsight H.O.M.E. Awards. This event recognizes new home builders who excel at customer satisfaction as rated by their customers. As a customer-focused company, we consider excellent service to be a driving force for the world’s best companies. We work with builders together to develop solutions that would help them be champions in customer satisfaction.

Presenting: The Builder of Choice Award

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems will be presenting the most prestigious award of the night, the Builder of Choice Award on March 9th. This award recognizes the company that stands above the rest in customer service. The home builder or renovator achieving the highest overall score in employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction and overall product will walk away with shiny new hardware.

For a full list of nominees, visit this page.

Supporting our children

Children are a big part of our community. We’re honored to be participating in an event organized by CustomerInsight who will be donating to Make-A-Wish Canada to help make wishes come true for kids with critical illnesses. To make a donation, click here.

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February 21 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Transforms Homebuyer Experience with Technology Automation

TORONTO, ON – February 21, 2018 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, is changing the homebuyer customer experience landscape with an automated technology tool for home builders.

Many modern-day homeowners demand a more engaging customer service experience from builders. Instead of making customer service a byproduct of business operations like most companies, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is leading the way by making homebuyers the highest priority. “Home building companies spend thousands of hours a year obsessing over the designs of their products but fail to create a detailed roadmap for their own unique customer experience,” said Charlie Scott, Director at Woodland O’Brien & Scott. “Listening to the customer is one cost effective way to identify where your home building experience may be causing unnecessary stress and the loss of referral sales.”

The numbers and research back it up. A home building industry study found builders who consistently improved their customer satisfaction rating also saw higher sales and lower operational costs.

Improving the customer care process for homeowners is of utmost importance at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. Leading the industry with Conasys, Constellation provides a one-stop, fully integrated homeowner care solution built with the homeowner in mind. From fully interactive portals to an automated system to manage service requests, the homeownership experience has been taken to the next level. “Automating the customer experience in a friendly way is extremely powerful” says Chris Graham, Vice President at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Conasys improves the approach to service and deficiency management which gives organizations a competitive edge.

Join top building industry experts for an upcoming live webinar on February 27th at 2:00PM as they share powerful secrets to achieving excellent customer service. Save your seat.

Technology is changing the face of customer service. The future of customer service belongs to the companies that view it as a competitive advantage rather than a cost center.

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January 6 2018

IBS 2018: Latest & Greatest in the Building Industry

January 9-11
Orlando, Florida

NAHB International Builders' Show is the industry’s premier event. In three days, you will have the opportunity to see the latest and greatest the building industry has to offer with over 140 sessions, 8 tracks with expert speakers and 1,400+ companies exhibiting.

Here are our top picks for what to check out while at the show.

Outdoor Exhibits

This area is located in the back parking lot of West Concourse and is open to everyone.  Attendees will have the opportunity to tour fully constructed homes in this unique exhibit area. From product demonstrations to learning about the next generation of ideas, there will be something for everyone to see. Learn valuable tips and tricks on how to make your homes truly stand-out with features and finishes that withstand the test of time. Daily giveaways will be conducted with prizes worth $1,000 to be won. This area will also host block parties, a great way to wind down at the end of the day and network with fellow peers. Aside from the outdoor exhibits, there will be thousands of exhibitors on the main show floor including Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. Make sure to stop by booth #W5661 to discover how our latest line-up of products helps you build smarter.

 

Tech Bytes

You have the opportunity to attend hands-on sessions that dive deep into specific industry topics. Expert speakers will be running “Office Hours” to help answer individual questions to help you learn about the practical side of various tech tools and get the information you need to incorporate them into your business.

Presentations include the following topics:

  • AdWords, PPC, SEO & Google Analytics
  • Apps for sales & productivity
  • Digital design technology & digital sales centers
  • Houzz, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more
  • Marketing automation, CRM & email marketing
  • Online reputation management
  • SketchUp
  • Tech tools for project management
  • Virtual reality, 3D tours & interactive floor plans
  • Quiz tools for marketing

Don’t forget! Nationally recognized consultant and expert, Charlie Scott, will also be presenting during this event. At 3:00pm, Scott will be demonstrating ways to use technology to increase sales referrals at the Constellation HomeBuilder Systems booth.


Home Tours

See the latest in design trends, product innovations, smart home technology and green building techniques through a variety of home tours. Builders will demonstrate how to incorporate specific features and practices in your next home. There will be a variety of home tours available from a showcase of the latest sustainable design trends in the Green Home Tour to a community tour for buyers 55+ and older. Tickets start at $85 and shuttle buses are handed out for specific departure times on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in attending a product tour but don’t necessarily have time to dedicate a large portion of your day, visit Constellation at booth #W5661 to see our software in action. Book your product tour now so you can skip the lines and arrange a time that works well for your schedule. We will have demonstrations featuring our latest VendorGo Mobile Application which helps improve vendor and builder communications. We will also be showcasing our new floor plan feature for Design Studio Manager and how it’s modernizing the entire design appointment process.


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January 6 2018

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems introduces vendor communication mobile app and design studio management software at IBS 2018

TORONTO, ON – January 3, 2017 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, will unveil a full line of new features at the NAHB International Builders’ Show from January 9 - 11, 2018 in Orlando, FL. Attendees can expect to see a new mobile application called VendorGo, and a powerful design studio management solution, along with a variety of other software products at booth #W5561.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is launching a new Mobile Application to improve vendor and builder communications with VendorGo. “Efficiency and time saving are key components to a builder’s success,” says Jeremy Halbert, Director of Application Development at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “VendorGo is able to relay real-time information at the construction site to reduce errors which saves time and money.”

Work has also been done to improve the workflow for both designers and homebuyers to further simplify the design selection process, increase upgrade sales and reduce appointment time. Design Studio Manager (DSM) is a platform that allows customers to build their new home in a visual and interactive way and the new DSM floorplan redline feature takes it to the next level. “The new floorplan feature is modernizing the entire design appointment process using redline floorplans to convey detailed selection and upgrade information” said Dimitrios Polyzos, Program Manager at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “Designers can now focus on having productive studio appointments instead of stressing over messy drawings while selecting options.”

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems delivers a comprehensive suite of software solutions, as standalone or integrated systems, to give companies the power to build smarter. Whether you build two homes or ten thousand homes annually, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems can provide a package of solutions tailored to fit your specific needs and help maximize your business success.

Constellation will be conducting personal product consultations: visit booth #W5661. Skip the lines and rsvp for a personal demo at IBS 2018.

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December 18 2017

Constellation’s client Azure Northwest Homes boosts revenue for 2017 with BuildTopia software.

TORONTO, ON – December 14, 2017 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, has made a significant impact in helping set Azure Northwest Homes up for success.   

Azure Northwest Homes was founded in 2014 by Isaac Stocks and Tom Young who saw an opportunity to break away from building cookie-cutter houses in a non-traditional community. As Azure Northwest Homes started building more and more homes, they realized they didn’t have a management software solution that would allow them to build at a faster pace. In their search for a cost-effective solution that could grow with their team, they selected BuildTopia and have consistently seen positive results. 

Since utilizing BuildTopia, a web-based integrated construction management system for residential builders, Azure Northwest Homes has been able to generate $85,000 to $125,000 additional revenue for each home they build.

“We could not do what we do without BuildTopia,” said Todd Everest, Director of Construction at Azure Northwest Homes. “This system puts real-time information in the hands of our superintendents, trades, and back here in the office. This sounds straightforward but it’s crucial. Our team is always on the same page.”

Using BuildTopia, Azure Northwest Homes is able to manage more homes in less time and keep track of scheduling and accounting reconciles more efficiently. Azure Northwest Homes is positioned to grow and build over $1 million homes in Kirkland and Bellevue and now attracts new buyers based on their reputation alone.

“We used to have this stack of invoices that had already passed through the accounting department and could not be reconciled. I’m talking about a literal stack of paper two feet high.” said Michael Brasgalla, Purchasing Manager at Azure Northwest Homes. “With BuildTopia, we no longer need to deal with invoices.”

When it comes down to competing with industry giants, especially big builders, having the right software solution is not only beneficial, it’s critical. Automating work process in the building industry is a modern best practice for growing home builders.

BuildTopia is an integrated web-based construction management system for residential builders bringing all tasks and processes together as a single system. Visit Constellation HomeBuilder Systems at the International Builders Show (booth #W5661) in Orlando, Florida from January 9-11 to see BuildTopia in action.

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November 29 2017

The Buildings Show: Top 3 Reasons to Join Us

November 29 – December 1
Metro Toronto Convention Center
Toronto, Canada

The Buildings Show
is the premier networking event for the building industry and the largest conference of its kind in North America. The Show is comprised of Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, and World of Concrete Pavilion in the South Building, and IIDEXCanada in the North Building. Here are a few key reasons why you don’t want to miss this event.

1. Gain New Skills & Market Insights
You have the ability to attend 350 skill building seminars and receive advice from 500 industry experts on issues and trends in the building industry. There are also a variety of professional development programs, technical demonstrations, and continuing education credits (BOMI, IDCEC and OBEC) to help advance your career and maintain a competitive advantage for your company.

2. Valuable Networking Opportunity
Network with more than 30,500 industry professionals including 1,600 suppliers. Connect one-on-one with industry leaders, and come away with feedback and solutions to complete your projects on time and on budget. 

3. Discover New Products & Services
It’s always important to stay on top of the latest trends in the building industry. Here is your opportunity to refresh your knowledge, test the latest products and watch exclusive live demonstrations on the show floor.

Constellation will be exhibiting at this show at booth #443, so if your plan for 2018 involves re-evaluating the software that powers your business, let’s talk. Please send us an email so we can arrange a time that works best for you.

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November 23 2017

The New VendorGo Mobile Application: Simplifying Construction Communication for Builders and Vendors

Get excited! The VendorGo mobile app is coming soon to the Android and iOS platforms. It is connected to leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like NEWSTAR Enterprise, FAST, and BuildTopia. This tool will allow vendors and their suppliers to conveniently manage schedules, stay up-to-date on project changes, easily discuss details, and more. These components are all great individually, but as a package, they are unbeatable. We’ve figured out how to make communication simpler, once and for all.

Among some of the key benefits of VendorGo include: 

- Flexibility & ease of use: Workloads are easier to manage when you have the ability to sort and set priorities during the process of tracking different pieces of work within multiple projects

- Fewer errors: You will now receive real-time information from all your builders helping to minimize any errors, saving time and money

- Offline Functionality: You have the ability to stay connected offline at all times with Constellation’s patented mobile device integration technology that will synchronize information once you are back online.

The official release for VendorGo will be in early 2018. 

 

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November 21 2017

Constellation’s NEWSTAR adds Artificial Intelligence to simplify workflow

TORONTO, ON – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of home building software solutions and services, has established a machine learning and artificial intelligence group focused on efficiency, pattern recognition, and automation for its customers.

The team has been developing software to make NEWSTAR Enterprise anticipate users’ needs and offer suggestions to make their workflow easier and faster. The Artificial Intelligence software was rolled out to some users in early August as part of ongoing NEWSTAR enhancements. It functions by learning the patterns that each user tends to follow as they work, and over time, to anticipate those steps and offer next step suggestions on their work screen.

Whether a user selects them or not, NEWSTAR’s Artificial Intelligence suggestions are always visible in the sidebar, and change as the user moves from one task to another. The Artificial Intelligence suggestions are unique to each user and become more accurate over time. 

The response to the Artificial Intelligence has been very positive, with increasing uptake among NEWSTAR customers.

“We are very proud of this latest NEWSTAR enhancement,” said Carolyn Gonzalez, Systems Administrator at HiLine Homes. “It simplifies workflows even further, saving time and money for the companies that use it.”

Constellation’s Artificial Intelligence research team is utilizing the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning service to enhance its analytics solutions and help deploy its models into production. Constellation is currently working with a selection of customers to test out new ideas and is considering taking on additional builders and developers down the road to address their unique requirements.

“Our Artificial Intelligence system is just one aspect of NEWSTAR,” said Jeremy Halbert, Director of Application Development at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “It’s a system that already delivers a remarkable level of efficiency, and we’re always looking for ways to make it work even better. We have found ways to make the overall navigation a lot cleaner and are confident users will be able to train new staff more efficiently.”

Bharat Sandhu, Director of Product Marketing, Big Data and Analytics, Microsoft Corp. said, “Microsoft Azure’s growing portfolio of services make it an ideal foundation for Constellation as it supports customers in the homebuilding industry with their big data solutions in the cloud.”

The goal is to create a cleaner work interface for builders the more they interact with their clients, which ultimately helps people get more out of their working hours. Artificial Intelligence presents an exciting opportunity for Constellation to simplify processes, and most importantly, our lives.

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October 30 2017

VendorGo Mobile Application for Google Android and Apple iOS with Constellation Central portal simplifies construction communication

TORONTO, ON - Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, a provider of software solutions for home builders and developers, is excited to announce two important new software tools that are immediately available to early adopter customers. The Constellation Central web interface and VendorGo mobile app work together to simplify construction communication between builders and vendors.

Constellation Central is a web-based portal that connects builders with their customers, suppliers, and trades. Leveraging information in leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like NEWSTAR Enterprise, FAST, BuildTopia, HomeDev Pro, and other Constellation systems, vendors can use it to consolidate information from all their builders.

Available through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, VendorGo allows vendors and suppliers to access their own Constellation Central accounts and creates combined schedules of jobs with all their builders. Convenient views show daily, weekly and overdue work at a glance. The app displays schedules, purchase orders, construction variances, sales selections, colors, warranty work orders, photos, documents, maps, and payment information.

“VendorGo will make a vendor’s workload much easier to manage,” says Shawn Knowles, Technical Program Manager at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “It simplifies the job of tracking different pieces of work within multiple projects by helping the vendor sort and set priorities.”

In addition to the search and alert functions, vendors can add notes and photos and use task-based messaging to discuss details with builders.

“The app can help vendors quickly get real-time information from builders, and save money with fewer errors and wasted effort,” says Jeremy Halbert, Director of Application Development at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “For example, they can search by location and cover off items located close to each other without making multiple trips.”

VendorGo works online or offline, and when cellular data or Wi-Fi are not available, information entered into VendorGo and Constellation Central will synchronize once the user is back online using Constellation’s patented mobile device integration technology.

For a pre-release demonstration of Constellation Central and VendorGo, please visit us online.

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June 4 2017

Design Studio Manager simplifies option selections and increases upgrade revenues

TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2016 - Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, provider of software solutions for home builders and developers, has just launched Design Studio Manager, a solution that simplifies the design selection process, increases upgrades and reduces appointment times. The new software will be showcased for the first time at the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show in Orlando, January 10-12. 

Design Studio Manager is an easy-to-use solution for managing the complex option selection and upgrade process in new home sales. Design studio representatives have the product database at their fingertips, and can move through decisions quickly, easily and with confidence. The experience is intuitive, interactive, and easy to navigate, with real-time product information, sales contracts and construction schedules accessible on demand. 

"The benefits of this new solution are significant," says Dimitrios Polyzos, Program Manager at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. "The simple, highly visual interface dramatically improves the customer experience, increasing upgrade sales and enhancing overall satisfaction." 

Design Studio Manager makes workflow easier for both designers and customers, offering full mobility during design center appointments. Designer and buyer teams can walk around together with a tablet or bar code scanner and make selections on the fly, without interruptions or distractions. Pricing, availability and photos are instantly accessible, speeding up the process and reducing appointment time.

"It has been an efficient and professional platform to assist in the flow of design center appointments," says Leah Wellstein, Glenview Homes. "Simple drop-down menus and customized appointment flow ensure our consultants don't miss anything. It has improved the overall customer and staff experience."

For an in-person demonstration of Design Studio Manager visit Constellation HomeBuilder Systems at the International Builders' Show in January – you'll find them at booth #W5661.  Request a FREE Exhibit Pass. 

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest provider of software and services in the building industry. Their innovative software solutions, available as standalone or integrated systems, empower builders with information to drive business objectives and simplify the process of building homes and condos. Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the homebuilding software division of Constellation Software Inc., an international provider of market-leading software and services for specialized industries, which is traded publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange. 

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May 18 2017

Enhanced Design Studio Manager creates an interactive customer experience with new homebuyer Wish List

TORONTO, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, provider of software solutions for homebuilders and developers, announces the release of Design Studio Customer Wish List portal - an exciting addition to Design Studio Manager Platform.

Design Studio Manager is an intuitive online platform that simplifies the homebuyer's selection and upgrade process with visual product renderings and customized appointment flows.  Design Studio Manager makes workflow easier for both designers and customers, offering full mobility during design center appointments. Designers and buyers can walk around together with a tablet or bar code scanner and make selections on the fly, without interruptions or distractions.  Pricing, availability and photos are instantly accessible, speeding up the process and reducing appointment time.

Design Studio Customer Wish List simplifies that further, and starts it earlier by letting a homebuyer review and select their new home options on their own, well before the appointment.  Once items are added to the Wish List by the homebuyer, the designer can review the choices and reject or approve them.  Any that are approved will automatically pre-populate the sales addendum, removing the need for manual entry by the designer.

"Design Studio Customer Wish List is incredibly satisfying for buyers because they can review and choose at their own pace," says Dimitrios Polyzos, Program Manager at Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  "Upgrade decisions are easier and less stressful, because they can use Wish List to preview and choose at home, to prepare for a more productive appointment at the design studio."

Like Design Studio Manager, Wish List links to builders' product databases, functioning as an online catalogue.  Because of that, builders can change the options, photos and costs in real time, without requiring a costly printed version.

"Since having the software product implemented at our Design Studio, our customers are buying more upgrades and our sales agents are completing the selection process faster and without stress," says Dorothy Dranitsaris, Client Care Manager, The Remington Group.  "We are extremely excited about using the Wish List in not only the final finishes selections but also for pre-framing changes and anticipate greater sales in that area as well."

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May 18 2017

Conasys enhances homeowner experience for Qualico customers

TORONTO, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, provider of software solutions for home builders and developers, today announced that Qualico, one of the largest fully integrated real estate development companies in Canada, has selected the revolutionary Conasys Homeowner Care platform as the corporate solution for all their homebuilder divisions.

The Conasys platform is an interactive smart portal that gives homebuyers access to a wealth of information about their new home. Qualico buyers will enjoy easy access to warranty manuals, construction and maintenance alerts, and a one-click service request system. For the developer, Conasys tracks and manages these warranty requests as well as providing a centralized and automated communication platform for customer updates.

"Conasys is a fully interactive homeowner and builder specific portal with intuitive tools that enhance the homeowner care and homeownership experience," says Kim Clark, Director of Operations, Conasys.  "Qualico and its homebuyers stay connected from the moment they buy to the end of their warranty period – and beyond."

Qualico, building single and multifamily homes under various brands is known for quality products and a premium buyer experience. Conasys is helping to further enhance this experience for Qualico homebuyers, offering standardization, communication and efficiency across their developments in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Austin, TX.

"Qualico is about building trust and relationships with our customers," says Mark Spearing, Qualico Vice President of Corporate Support Services. "Conasys enables our customers to self-serve information in a very easy, intuitive way. Conasys streamlines the communication flow and provides homeowners with a sense of control. That's a differentiator that boosts our competitive advantage in every market we serve."

Conasys benefits homeowners and builders alike, strengthening relationships, streamlining processes, eliminating duplication and saving money.

"It's a win-win for everyone," says Spearing. "We're very excited to offer the Conasys solution for our homebuilder divisions."

About Qualico

Qualico is a fully integrated real estate development company with offices in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Regina, Saskatoon and Austin Texas.  Since its inception in 1951, the company's activities span the entire real estate spectrum and include residential land acquisition and development, single and multi-family home divisions, commercial and industrial development, property management, concrete ready mix, building supply and manufacturing divisions.  Through the company's business operations, Qualico is committed to creating better homes and communities for life, work and play throughout western Canada and in Austin, Texas. 

For more information about Qualico, please visit the company's website at www.qualico.com.

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January 11 2017

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Unveils New Brand with “The Power to Build Smarter”

TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2017 - It’s a new year and a fresh new brand for Constellation HomeBuilder Systems at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. The company, a leader in providing software solutions for home builders and developers, has just launched their new logo, new tagline, and new website that truly illustrate their commitment to quality and innovation.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems gives builders the tools to succeed, and their new tagline says it all: “The power to build smarter.”

“We empower builders with information to drive business objectives, and to simplify the process of building homes and condos,” says Chris Graham, Vice President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.

Constellation’s integrated and standalone software systems scale to the needs of builders and developers of all sizes. The company is constantly enhancing their products based on the feedback of their customers – North America’s best and brightest home builders.

The company recently expanded their services offering by adding the consulting team of Woodland, O’Brien & Scott. Specialized homeowner surveys allow builders to analyze the data that really drives customer satisfaction, and use that data to turn customers into lifetime champions.

“The new brand reflects where we’re headed as a company,” says Graham. “It speaks to the quality, innovation and leadership of our team, and the role we’re taking in the evolution of the home building industry, with smart, flexible products that make every part of the building process easier and more efficient.”

To see the company’s exciting new brand, visit www.constellationhb.com.

Or, visit Constellation in Booth #W5661 at the 2017 International Builders’ Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida now through January 12th. To make an appointment, please contact sales@constellationhb.com.

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December 30 2016

Constellation acquires Woodland O'Brien & Scott

TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2016 - 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 Scottis 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.

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