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May 25th, 2018

Job Opening – Contract Adminstrator

Categories: Construction Industry News, Maplewood Homes |

Contract Administrator

Job Description

GENERAL FUNCTION:

Under the general direction of the Construction Operations Manager, manages the pre-construction job package development for Maplewood Homes.   Is also the Assistant Production Manager during construction and assists the superintendents with scheduling communications.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Process all construction job/start packages. This includes…
  • Permit applications, tracking, reporting and pick up.
  • Utilities new service applications, tracking, and reporting
  • Tracking of selections, preconstruction conference notes, CAD drawings and purchase order generation to make sure package is available to construction well before dig date.
  • Communicate and project the Maplewood Homes “We care” attitude to all customers and employees through all forms of communication (writing, verbal, appearance).
  • Handles development of start package for speculative homes being built by Maplewood Homes.
  • Prepares all necessary reports for management approval.
  • Prepares weekly the approved purchase orders/VPOs and job cost invoices for delivery to the accounting department for processing.
  • Assists Construction Operations Manager with vendor and trade communication and the accounting department with vendor statement reconciliations to job cost accounting system.
  • Maintains the Maplewood Homes start schedule slot system. Delivers weekly report to management and sales department.
  • Attends regular construction team meetings. The most important regular agenda items are weekly scheduling, construction training and vendor loading.
  • Attend and participate in regular support team meetings for Maplewood Homes.
  • Maintains computerized construction schedule and critical management report database for Maplewood Homes.
  • Manage production office supply ordering and procurement.
  • Runs back office computer system reports to assist Construction Operations Manager in their assigned duties.
  • Calls in and follows up on all inspection requests to government inspectors.
  • Other duties as needed to promote Maplewood Homes long term success.

 

PREREQUISITES FOR SUCCESS:

  • People skills to articulately and professionally handle communication with customers, employees and vendors.
  • Bookkeeping ability to maintain accurate reports, including slot system, job cost variance reporting and to reconcile monthly account statement from multiple material suppliers.
  • Organizational aptitude to manage the pre-construction job package routing and processing.
  • Computer aptitude and willingness to learn to process needed data and to communicate via letters, spreadsheet reports and database maintenance.
  • Must have understanding and willingness to process permit requests in a timely fashion and to insist upon accurate reporting to/from municipalities.
  • A willingness to handle accounts payable communication when vendor problems occur.
April 23rd, 2017

Job Opening: Controller and Administrative Supervisor

Categories: Maplewood Homes |

Job Opening:  Controller and Administrative Supervisor

Under the general direction of the President, manages the financial, accounting, and administrative processes for Maplewood Homes and its related companies.  To apply, send resume to joehayes@maplewoodhomes.com

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Produce monthly financial statements and other managerial reports for all Maplewood Homes related entities.
    • Includes Income Statement with budget comparison
    • Balance Sheet
    • Sources and Uses of Cash statement
    • And Work in Process Reports.
  • Manage accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash requirements and check/direct deposit processing.
  • Manage construction draws and deposits for all jobs under construction.
  • Manage all loans and leases.
  • Handle and reconcile all checking accounts, petty cash, hand-written checks, credit card accounts, rebate accounts and early pay discounts.
  • Process month end journal and closing entries and produce general ledger reports each month. Journal entries for job sales or closings, lot purchases, and construction or other loans.
  • Prepare job cost vs. budget report monthly for each home under construction and monthly percent-complete income report.
  • Prepare cash requirements and projection report for each check/direct deposit run for approval by President.
  • Coordinate with the Maplewood Homes Company CPA to provide all information for timely filling of company tax returns and related reviews.
  • Maintain all company financial files, data, and back-ups
  • Set up the job package for each sales contract or spec house start. Job budget, POs, etc.
  • Establish and supervise office administrative support team.
  • Prepare operating budgets. Track and report on operational performance benchmarks, budgets, and actual results.  Use trend analysis to keep management informed of areas of needed improvement.
  • Assist Construction Operations Manager and Estimator/Purchasing with monthly PO variance analysis.
  • Manage Maplewood Homes employee files, policies, and payroll processing. Employee time keeping system maintenance.  Oversight of direct construction labor tracking system.  Invoices and payments between the jobsite labor division and the home building company.
  • Manage Maplewood Homes subcontractor files and insurance requirements. Prepare annual insurance audits.
  • Manage property taxes and all insurance, including worker’s comp, general liability, vehicle, property, and builders risk.
  • Maintain vehicle mileage logs and maintenance logs. Maintain tool inventory records.
  • Maintain the Company Chart of Accounts per NAHB standards.
  • Attend and participate in regular team/management meetings for Maplewood Homes.
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly real estate market conditions report.
  • Oversee management of commercial real estate interests.
  • Work towards improving existing management systems and building new systems to improve accountability and process efficiency.
  • Perform other managerial and accounting functions as determined by company president.

 

PREREQUISITES FOR SUCCESS:

  • Bachelors degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience in accounting, finance, and/or business management.
  • Highly analytical and detail-oriented personality.
  • Ability to perform at a high level without continuous direct supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and manage multiple responsibilities.
  • Superior people and communication skills to articulately and professionally handle communication with employees and vendors and treat all stakeholders with respect and consideration.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and desire to be with a fast-paced, rapidly growing and evolving company.
  • Accounting and Finance ability to maintain accurate records, schedules, and filing systems.
  • Organizational aptitude to manage a multi-person and time demanding department.
  • High level of computer aptitude and willingness to learn to process needed data and to communicate via reports, spreadsheets and letters. Especially MS Excel and Quickbooks
  • Experience with insurance procurement and audit procedures.
  • Must have understanding and willingness to process draw requests in a timely fashion and to insist upon accurate reporting to/from banks.
  • A willingness to handle accounts receivable collection when necessary.
  • A high level of integrity and the ability to hold confidential information that is proprietary to the management of Maplewood Homes.

To apply, send resume to joehayes@maplewoodhomes.com

September 19th, 2016

New Home For Sale by Builder in Allendale

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Grand Rapids Area New Homes |

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Beautiful Brand New Craftsman Style Ranch Home Currently Under Construction by Maplewood Homes.  Hurry this home is priced to sell and won’t last!  The foundation is complete and framing is under way.  It’s still possible to select interior colors. Completion scheduled before Christmas.  Photo of similar home.  Contact Joe Hayes at (616) 499-5054 to schedule a showing.

September 12th, 2016

Ludington Self Storage

Categories: Ludington News & Notes, Ludington Real Estate News |

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Ludington Self Storage Facility

Ludington Self Storage Facility

If you are moving to Ludington or just need a little extra storage space, consider Ludington Storage.  Located just east of Meijer at 3651 W US-10.  Call (231) 480-3030 for more information and rates.  Units currently available from 5×10 to 10×40.  https://ludingtonstorage.com/

 

September 9th, 2016

Price Reduction! 6514 Alward Drive Hudsonville MI

Categories: Hudsonville Michigan New Homes, Maplewood Homes |

For Sale By Builder in Hudsonville

For Sale By Builder in Hudsonville

PRICE REDUCED – Don’t Wait! Beautiful Brand New, Move-Ready, 4 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath Home.  Maplewood Homes 2016 Spring PARADE HOME now available for immediate occupancy. Fantastic Hudsonville Schools Location! Luxuriously spacious master bedroom with dual walk in closets. Granite Kitchen, Tile Backsplash, Stainless Appliances, 9′ ceilings, Deck, Large Pantry, Flex Room, Walk-In Mudroom Closet, 3-Car Garage, Underground Sprinkling, and a daylight basement that is ready to finish.  Priced to sell at $299,900!  Call Joe Hayes at (616) 499-5054 to schedule a home tour. More Photos Here:  http://www.maplewoodhomes.com/Floorplan-Detail?mod=103

June 22nd, 2016

Job Opening: New Home Sales Professional

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Construction Industry News, Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Holland MI News and Notes, Holland MI Real Estate News, Hudsonville Michigan New Homes, Maplewood Homes, Zeeland MI New Homes |

6514 Alward Drive-800

It’s an exciting time to part of the new home industry and we are looking for some great people to add to our team as we grow.

Maplewood Homes is a small, but dynamic home building company targeting an underserved market niche of new homes starting under $200,000.  We are a respected and established builder with a 20 year history of happy customers.  We have built over 200 new homes in West Michigan since 1996.

We are seeking a Top-Tier Sales Professional for our Grand Rapids New Home Sales Office.  The Successful Candidate will posses Exceptional Communication Skills, a High Level of Integrity, a Strong Work Ethic, and Consistent Follow-Up Discipline, and will also be Detail Oriented and Well Organized.  There is a High Earning Potential for the right candidate.

Duties Include:

  • Plan and Organize Open Houses at our Model Homes.
  • Maintain a Regular Schedule of Open Times
  • Schedule Private Model Home Tours
  • Effectively Communicate New Home Advantages
  • Qualify Prospective New Home Clients and Guide through the Construction Loan Process
  • Assist Clients with Home Site Selection
  • Guide Client through Selections of Options and Upgrades
  • Contract Signings
  • Act as Client Liaison throughout the Construction of their New Home
  • Perform Related Administrative Tasks
  • Build and maintain a database of available homesites
  • Create blog and social media content

Requirements:

  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Knowledge of the sales process and proven record of success
  • Real estate license helpful, but not required
  • Housing industry experience helpful, but not required
  • Valid driver’s license and clean, appropriate transportation

Forward Resume to joehayes@maplewoodhomes.com

June 1st, 2016

6 Year of Home Building Code Progress

Categories: Construction Industry News, Maplewood Homes, New Home Design |

 

Michigan Building Codes

New 2015 Michigan Building Codes

 

Congratulations to the code officials.  You win again – at the expense of the Michigan Home Buyer and the Michigan Economy.

The New 2015 Building Codes went into effect this year in February (2016).  As you can see, the new code book is roughly 1/2″ taller.

Raise your hand if you think this will make it easier or more affordable to build homes in Michigan.

These changes will make all new homes slightly better, and substantially costlier.  It doesn’t really hurt us too much because we’ve already been incorporating all of the new energy efficiency requirements.  It’s just another example of the over regulation of our economy, making it harder for young families and lower income families to own a home.

May 17th, 2016

Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Construction Industry News, Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Hudsonville Michigan New Homes, Maplewood Homes |

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The Annual Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes starts this Friday.  Maplewood will have 2 new homes in the parade – one in Hudsonville at 6514 Alward Drive, and one in Allendale at 7205 Barn Owl Lane.  There will be a total of 87 homes by 66 different builders.  Join us Fridays 1-9pm, Saturdays 1-9pm, and Wednesday nights 5-9pm.

May 6th, 2016

Building a New Home at 6383 Serenity Ct., Ludington Michigan

Categories: Ludington Real Estate News, Maplewood Homes |

 

New Home Under Construction at 6383 Serenity Ct., Ludington, MI

New Home Under Construction at 6383 Serenity Ct., Ludington, MI

Please call us if you are interested in a tour.  (231) 480-3029  We are currently building this inventory home in Ludington and would be happy to give a tour to anyone who would like to see it.  It will be featured in the 2016 Ludington Parade of Homes and we will be having open houses once construction is complete.  It will also be available for purchase and immediate occupancy later this year.

April 1st, 2016

7205 Barn Owl Lane in Allendale

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Maplewood Homes |

New Home Under Construction in Hidden Forest in Allendale

New Home Under Construction in Hidden Forest in Allendale

 

We are also moving along nicely on this 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch home in Allendale.  Located in Hidden Forest, this is our Sherman floorplan.

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