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H.O.M.E.S. Lite Home Builder Software

 

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Project Management Software for Home Builders & Condo Developers
with Smaller Scale Projects

Introduction

H.O.M.E.S. Lite is computer software designed for home builders and condominium developers who do not require the large scale unlimited capacity of the standard H.O.M.E.S. system. The H.O.M.E.S. Lite system has all the same advanced features and options found in the standard H.O.M.E.S. system to automate and organize the sale and construction of homes, but with a maximum capacity of 50 lots/units per project and half the price. (The standard H.O.M.E.S. system has no limitation on the quantity of lots/units per project.)

H.O.M.E.S. Lite helps builders construct homes faster with less effort, more control, fewer errors, higher profits and greater customer satisfaction. This residential construction software is primarily intended for builders of subdivisions or condominiums. Projects can consist of houses, townhouses, condominiums or combinations of dwellings.

All lot or unit information is maintained in a database and kept up-to-date between head office, sales offices and optionally construction offices, thereby minimizing the possibility for losses caused by missed details. The system has separate modules for use at the head office, sales office, and construction office so your staff access only what each individual requires. With  H.O.M.E.S. Lite, you can operate at sales and construction site offices from any geographic location in real-time via the Internet to access and update data stored at the head office. This ensures that all of your departments are kept up-to-date regarding all of the details for every lot/unit, for every project!

 

Single Family / Freehold Project

Condominium Project

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With H.O.M.E.S. Lite you can host your own data at your head office, so you don't have to expose it to others and you are not completely dependant on Internet access or the reliability of several 3rd parties as is the case with other web-based ASP applications that host your data for you. With H.O.M.E.S. Lite if you lose Internet access, your company does not grind to a halt, and you don't have to install or maintain software anywhere except at your head office.

H.O.M.E.S. Lite manages a builder's projects from pre-sales, through sales and construction all the way through warranty service with a fully integrated system...no more double entry!

 
Key Features and Benefits
 
  • Build homes faster with more control, fewer errors, higher profits and greater customer satisfaction!

  • Keeps the sales office, head office and construction office for each project up-to-date on the status and details of each lot or unit at all times.

  • Helps to ensure no detail concerning any lot or unit is overlooked or misplaced.
  • Can be used just to organize and automate your head office, sales office(s), or as a full administration system for your entire organization!
 
  • Half the price of the unlimited H.O.M.E.S. system! (If you outgrow the capacity of H.O.M.E.S. Lite and wish to upgrade to the standard unlimited H.O.M.E.S. system, we will credit you with the full H.O.M.E.S. Lite purchase price toward the purchase of H.O.M.E.S. You pay only the difference!)
  • Maximizes control over the sales process, as well as the administration of construction with user definable statuses for offers, amendments and extras, enforced revision deadlines etc. etc. 
  • Manages freehold home projects, condominium projects, or both.
  • Links remote sales and site offices with head office! Work in real-time via the Internet to securely share data stored at head office with minimal bandwidth requirements.
  • Allows you to host your own data at your head office so it's not exposed to 3rd parties and your operation does not grind to a halt when Internet access is lost or unavailable!
    Click here to read more about why to use HOMES vs a web-based/ASP system.
  • Centralizes lot/unit specs and maintains customer profile including financial info and all customization/finishing details.
  • Removes all doubt about what is the most up-to-date information, and once a lot or unit is loaded, all additional details (eg Colours, Extras, Amendments, Date Revisions and Floor plans) are just a click away.
  • Fast and easy project setup even for custom builders offering many options and finishes!
  • Prints your customized legal documents ready for signing:
    • Purchase Agreement

    • Amendment to Purchase Agreement

    • Broker Agreement

    • Request for Extras / Extras sheet

    • Colour Chart

    • Closing Date and/or Occupancy Date Delay Letter

    • Mutual Release  Click here to view sample documents.

  • Integrates with Microsoft Word® (templates for documents and letters are easily customized...use your purchase agreement and H.O.M.E.S. Lite will fill it in!)
 
  • Also prints customized Purchase Orders, Work Orders, Change Orders, P.O. Cancellation Notices, Service Work Orders, Completion Certificates etc with fully integrated optional components.
  • Pre-defined deposit schedules with automatic dollar amount and due date calculations to streamline the sales process.
  • Includes comprehensive and secure purchaser identification tracking.
  • Tracks purchasers' solicitor and lender information and generates letters/emails to them via mail merge.
  • Emails work orders, purchase orders, change orders etc automatically with fully integrated optional components.
  • Tracks conditions for conditional offers and optionally prints applicable documents to accompany the purchase agreement.
  • TARION Compatible: H.O.M.E.S. Lite is compatible with the new requirements for Ontario Canada based builders as dictated by TARION. H.O.M.E.S. Lite automatically prints the TARION warranty addendums with the purchase agreement without any need for double entry or connection to TARION's website. The complete addendums are generated fully populated and ready for signing including the Statement of Critical Dates which are also calculated automatically and may be viewed easily and instantly on-screen at the click of a button. (HOMES still simultaneously and transparently manages lots/units for which the new TARION regulations do not apply.)
  • Automatically prompts you when important purchaser notification deadlines are approaching according to your preferences. (eg Closing date delay notification deadlines, occupancy date delay notification deadlines, construction commencement dates, vendor condition satisfaction dates.)
  • Create custom User Alerts/Warnings to ensure your staff don't miss important due dates, deadlines and events.
  • Calculates and reports sales agent commissions/broker fees with optional automatic assignment.
  • Preserves original Purchase & Sale Agreement information after a lot is sold while still accepting Amendments, Extras, and revised closing dates or occupancy dates.
  • Tracks customer deposits/payments by lot/unit, date received or deposited etc and reports when any are late or missing.
  • Ensures only appropriate models may be sold for each lot/unit.
  • Decor Center Management...adds more control to colour chart administration by providing optional drop-down selection lists for each finishing choice a purchaser must make for colours, designs or styles to ensure less errors and better organization. (Colour Charts can be automatically tailored according to the model and options purchased for the lot/unit, or you can use generic templates that meet the needs of all lots/units...your choice!)
  • Automatically calculates prices and costs for options sold by room size, such as carpet, hardwood, tile etc, and reports take-off unit quantities by colour choice for one lot/unit, or the whole project instantly with no extra effort.
 
  • Classifies options by model so only the options applicable to the selected model may be sold, and only valid colour choices are offered based on which model and options have been purchased.
  • Create option packages for upgrade/extras that should be sold together for more control and fast data entry.
  • Cross-references all upgrades/extras and colour choices for each lot/unit with the trades required to complete each job.
  • User-definable offer, amendment and extras statuses for flexible control over the approval process, and to determine what the current state of each offer/amendment/extra is, and who has editing authorization.
  • Manages model component budgets and reports expected profits by lot/unit before it's too late!
  • Maintains a full history of closing/occupancy date revisions by lot/unit, including method of revision (amendment or delay letter) and reason for revision. Also tracks available delay days for revised closings or occupancies and helps to ensure closing/occupancy date delay notifications are never missed. When applicable, customized closing/occupancy date delay letters may be generated automatically! Even automatically calculates closing dates or occupancy dates based on a number of days individually or in a batch of lots/units, and helps to avoid weekends and holidays.
  • Automates closing adjustment management including automatic assignment and calculations, and prints a customized Statement of Adjustments. (Includes automatic calculation of Canadian tax rebates and Tarion Fees if applicable)
  • Performs batch price/cost changes for groups of models, lots/units, options etc according to user specifications in one easy step.
  • Performs batch trade/contractor assignments. Assign, un-assign or replace contractors to multiple models' components and/or options in one easy step. (Great for when you change contractors!)
  • Support for mail merges to send personalized letters and emails to multiple purchasers automatically using Microsoft Word® document templates. (Can also be used to address envelopes, labels etc. Filter by address, date sold, closing date etc. You can even specify customers by which model, option or colour choice they've purchased!)
  • View and edit attached floor plans, photographs, supplemental documents or any additional files that can be viewed in a browser including Adobe Acrobat® PDF files, MS-Word® documents, Excel® Spreadsheets, JPGs (e.g. photos of deficiencies) etc. (Floor plans may also be printed with the purchase agreement.)
  • Maintains distinct lists for each project for:
    • Lots/Units

    • Models

    • Sales Agents & Brokers

    • Upgrade/Extra Options

    • Colour Selections

    • Trades

    • Contractors & Suppliers

    (Lists may be copied selectively to new projects.)
 
  • Powerful reporting with easy to use user-definable filter specifications. Reports include:
    • Closing Balances

    • Closing Dates/Occupancy Dates (Includes revision history, max. potential delays & delay notification deadlines)

    • Colour Selections by Model

    • Colours Analysis - powerful reporting of purchasers' choices including take-off unit quantities.

    • Deposits and Settlements Report

    • Sales Agent/Broker Commission Report

    • Conditional Offers - Purchasers' Conditions

    • Conditional Offers - Vendor's Conditions

    • Construction Report by Lot/Unit - displays all construction specs for each lot/unit. (Filter by trade, dates etc.)

    • Decor Appointments

    • Gross Margins by Lot/Unit (Available before you even start to build!)

    • Extras' Gross Margins

    • Extras Sales by Lot/Unit

    • Expected Gross Margins on Models

    • Expected Gross Margins on Options

    • Late Payments

    • Lot/Unit Status

    • Models Available by Lot/Unit

    • Model Budgets

    • Purchaser Identification

    • Purchaser Notifications  (Alerts of required notifications to purchasers)

    • Sold-to-Date

    • System Security Log

    • Trades Cost Analysis by Lot/Unit, by Trade, etc.

    • User Alerts/Warnings

    • and many more!  Click here to view some sample reports.

 
  • Create your own Custom Reports and data exports to Microsoft Excel® with flexible custom queries.
  • Reports complete construction specifications, or just what has changed within specific dates.
  • Tracks work status and prints completion certificates on site with optional purchase order and site office systems.
  • Tracks parking space and storage locker inventories and occupancy dates for condo builders.
  • Outstanding Security! Individual user accounts and user groups may be defined with permissions/denials specified by project, program module, and even by all appropriate individual program features. The Security Log can optionally record events by user, project and date/time to enhance security and accountability.
  • Data files are compatible with MS-Access® for flexibility in customization, but without the heavy resource demands.
  • Loads and displays multiple offers or lots, reports etc simultaneously.
  • Permanent licensing! Manages an unlimited quantity of projects...no additional licensing fees!
  • Powerful enough to handle even very complicated projects, and easily scales up for larger projects with only a license upgrade.
  • Multi-user/network ready.
  • Easy to use intuitive interface even for novice computer users.
  • Built in pop-up context sensitive Help Manual for new users.
  • Quickly pays for itself by reducing costs, raising efficiency, and eliminating errors.
  • Priced affordably even for small builders.
  • and much much more!
  On-Site with a Tablet PC
 
Sample Documents and Reports
 

Testimonials:

"We haven’t had a single hiccup for any unit since installing…I would recommend HOMES until I turned blue in the face!"

Sam DiSanto, Molinaro Group

 

“I love the way everything is at our fingertips. I could never go back to our old system.”

Abby Longlade, Summit View Homes

 

“This system is fantastic. I love the new features.”

Robert Falus, Lorbeth Properties

(Click to view sample documents)

(Click to view sample reports)

 
 
Optional Fully Integrated Add-on Components:
 

The H.O.M.E.S. Lite Purchase Order System is a reliable automatic notification system to keep trades informed regarding what they are required to build. It automatically generates and distributes purchase orders, work orders and change orders, tracks work status, and records invoice payments to avoid premature payments, duplicate payments and over-payments.

Click here for more information.

 

The H.O.M.E.S. Lite Customer Service System organizes after sales warranty service issues and solutions. It automatically generates and distributes and tracks service work orders and maintains a complete history and analysis of all details pertaining to warranty service matters to help ensure customer satisfaction and avoid  compensation.

Click here for more information.

The H.O.M.E.S. Lite Contact Management System is a contact/customer relationship tracking sales tool specifically designed for homebuilders and condominium developers. It reduces the workload and maximizes efficiency of sales agents, thereby helping to increase new home sales. Use as an integrated or stand-alone prospect/customer relationship (CRM) tracking system.

Click here for more information.

 

The H.O.M.E.S. Lite Construction Site System links construction site offices and provides access only to construction related information to print completion certificates and relay work completion status information back to the head office. It makes sure the construction office and head office are kept up-to-date on the construction related information for every lot or unit.

Click here for more information.

 

Pricing / Evaluation:
 
Click here for information regarding pricing, live demonstrations or evaluation copies.
 
System Requirements:
 
The system requirements for running H.O.M.E.S. Lite are minimal especially for remote sales or construction site office clients (or local head office clients) using Remote Desktop to connect to head office, because H.O.M.E.S. Lite does not have to be installed on the remote client computers.

Administration is also minimal even if clients are not using remote desktop at head office because typically upgrades are only necessary on the main file server. (We are happy to perform upgrades for you if temporary remote access is granted.)

The minimum requirements for typical installations are as follows:

Remote Users (e.g. remote sales or construction site offices):

  • Microsoft Windows® 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000 or any Remote Desktop compatible client (includes Apple Mac®, iPad)
  • Internet access
  • Colour monitor with minimum 800x600 resolution (1024x768 or higher preferred at sales office)
  • Keyboard, mouse and Remote Desktop compliant printer (if using Server 2003 or earlier at head office)

Local Head Office Users:

  • Microsoft Windows® 8.1 & 8 (except RT), 7, Vista, XP, 2000 (professional edition recommended)
  • Microsoft Office® 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, XP or 2000 except "Click to Run"
  • Minimum 64Mb RAM, 50Mb hard disk space
  • Colour monitor with minimum 800x600 resolution (1024x768 or higher preferred)
  • Keyboard, mouse and printer

Click here for specific detailed system requirements for various H.O.M.E.S. Lite implementations including on servers.

 
Conclusion
 
The H.O.M.E.S. Lite system has been years in development and has been exhaustively tested in order to provide the user with a completely reliable and dependable system. Every effort has been made to ensure the system is powerful, reliable, convenient and easy to learn and use. If you are a home builder or condo developer and you wish to maximize efficiency, sales, and profits, this is the system for you!

More questions? Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to questions commonly asked of our sales and technical support departments.

Have we left anything out? You bet!

To receive more information, a demonstration or an evaluation copy of HOMES Lite call Falcon Software at (705) 652-1999, or email to: Sales/General Information

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