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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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    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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