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Constellation's 2016 Customer Conference

Our 2016 Customer Conference is a two-day crash course in software and technology. Building Cities, Creating Connections brings together the two key themes of our conference: advancing your software and data crunching skills, and developing relationships that will challenge your own process to help you build bigger.

Don’t miss our #1 bestselling keynote speaker, Garrison Wynn, who brings over a decade of research from Gallup, Accenture, and Harvard to the study of power and authority. Join Garrison as he reveals the secret that the world’s most influential leaders and companies are hiding from you.


  1. Network with 200+ builders and share ideas and best practices in your user group
  2. Select from 50+ interactive software training sessions
  3. Learn about the latest product developments and future roadmaps
  4. Apply your registration fee to a new software purchase*
  5. Live one-on-one demonstrations of new products and modules

And an unofficial #6 – Chicago is a gorgeous, vibrant city! From upscale shopping on magnificent mile to sightseeing at Millennium Park, Navy Pier, or the Shedd Aquarium to the sounds of Chicago blues from the city’s jazz bars, The Windy City is a cultural gem. Centrally located inside The Loop, the JW Marriott provides the perfect base to explore this beautiful city.




Please join us in thanking our sponsors, Center6 and DocuSign, who help to make this event possible. Center6 has exciting new developments for informXL, for both NEWSTAR and FAST customers. And DocuSign is now available for integration with FAST and Sales1440. Join us to see these products in a one-on-one demo.

98% of attendees love Constellation conferences! Check out the photos (below) from last year’s #TREASURES2015 Customer Conference, hosted at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, FL.

This year, we have included more software training sessions that tackle more complex topics, extended the time you have to meet with your user groups, and added one-on-one demonstrations of new products, modules and features.

Constellation’s dynamic conferences offer informative sessions for everyone – expect immediate takeaways from product updates, product roadmap, best practices and interactive training sessions. We hope that all customers have the opportunity to experience a Constellation customer conference because we are confident that you will return with ideas and skills to improve your building process.

See you in Chicago!

The Constellation Team


Our 2015 Customer Conference: Discovering Natural Treasures in Amelia Island, Florida.

Posted by Constellation HomeBuilder Systems on Wednesday, November 11, 2015



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Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island



Register now before early bird registrations are gone (currently 40% sold out).


Over 60 software training sessions.

We have developed new training sessions to ensure that you leave the conference with a stronger knowledge of your system. Here are a few examples:

NEWSTAR: Design Studio Manager [NEW]
BuildTopia: Available Reports and How To Create Your Own
FAST: Workflow Services [NEW]
Builder360: Loans & Draws [NEW]
Enhancing the Homeowner Experience with the Conasys Homeowner Portal


Network with builders using the same software.

Year after year, customers who attend our conferences tell us that the ability to chat face-to-face with another user of the software is an invaluable experience. In addition to meals and networking events, software-specific user groups put customers in the same room for best practices and sharing of ideas.

“Great collaboration with peers. It was good to share ideas on what works and what needs to be improved.”


Challenge yourself.

Engaging keynote speakers will bring their research-driven insights into human performance to help you achieve your goals — especially under pressure. We’ll also turn the spotlight onto some unique builders where culture drives performance.

Performing Under Pressure: Doing Your Best When it Matters Most
Homebuilder Shark Tank
Maximizing ERP Value
When Certainty is Lost, All is Lost


Early Birds Save $200.

Our early bird registrations are 40% sold. Register today to save $200 off the registration price.

Remember: $1 of registration fees = $1 off future software.


Don’t believe us? Hear it from customers like you.

“The enthusiasm from the speakers has given me the motivation to bring some new ideas to the table.”

“It is so much more beneficial to have face-to-face time with Constellation and other builders than trying to convey ideas and concepts through emails.” 

“The food and social events were top notch. The sessions were on topic and informative, and the speakers were willing to go with the audience.”




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The Biggest Challenges for Builders in 2015 - Hanley Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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


Continue reading the analysis with interactive map at

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

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

PCBC 2015 Sneak Peek

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The Atlantic: The Unfinished Suburbs of America

Images: Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

In the boom years of the early 2000s, builders and developers bought up land as fast as they could pave and name the streets. Development of America’s suburbs pushed full-steam ahead towards creating affordable housing options for a market that demanded bigger houses and backyards for families.

Then came the recession. Development stalled on thousands of acres across the country. In some counties in the West, 15 to 33 percent of all subdivision lots are vacant, according to the Sonoran Institute. In Teton County, Idaho, 68 percent of land bought for subdivisions was left undeveloped. In Tustin, CA, the Tustin Legacy development left over 1,500 acres of prime California real estate a difficult mix of tightly-packed homes and sparkling retail mixed with open fields and abandoned military buildings.

As this valuable land sits idle, Americans’ preferences for how and where they live are changing. Walkability is quickly becoming an expectation – less driving and more walking to work, school, the grocery store and the ball park. These changes impact where and how builders create communities – and impact the value of the land they bought back in 2004. One report from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has gone so far as to call them “zombie subdivisions” in a report on how to “combat” them.

Land pressure

The housing industry’s boom and bust of the 2000s has put pressure on land from various directions – these zombie subdivisions are just one. (Drought and flood plain rules are also on the horizon.)

We’ve provided some resources in the links above and below, but we don’t have a crystal ball to tell you how or where to build. What we do have are the tools to help you see your land in a new light. Though we specialize in developing software for homebuilders, our homebuilding partners have pushed us to develop software for their land departments.

Homebuilding software vs. land development software

In the world of residential construction/homebuilding software, project management involves a flurry of schedules, invoices and purchase orders between the builder and various personnel, vendors and trades.

In the world of land planning and development, far fewer invoices and purchase orders are generated over the life of the project. The value of these invoices however can be massive – and breaking those costs down to specific divisions, communities, and individual lots becomes a monumental task.

Take into account the stale land environment of the past decade, and depreciation of those tracts adds further pressure on the accounting department to effectively translate historical costs to active projects.

The cost of sale of the lot

LandDev is a software solution built specifically for managing land development projects, including the complex numbers behind the scenes. Begin with acquisition costs, financing costs, construction costs, closing costs and carrying costs, and distribute them down to the cost of sale of the lot. LandDev makes this process simple, breaking costs down to individual phases or even sub-phases of projects within the lot itself.

With increased demands on the land department to find and develop new plots for an increasingly active homebuilding department, effective budgeting and accounting starts with effective operational job costing. In addition to allocating costs down to the lot, LandDev is a fully featured land management solution.

From acquisition and bid comparison to project management and contract generation, LandDev has the features you need to manage the land development process.

To learn more, request a demonstration of LandDev.

Land Planning Resources

America in 2015: Bridging the Access Gap for Healthier Amenities
The Unfinished Suburbs of America
Data-Driven: Leveraging the Potential of Big Data for Planning
Arrested Developments: Combating Zombie Subdivisions and Other Excess Entitlements
After housing slump, 1,100 homes to open at Tustin Legacy
Water Woes: What the California Drought Means for Home Building
New Floodplain Rules Would Limit Construction


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