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Local Home Builder Wins Builder of the Year Award

AUGUSTA, Ga. (February 22, 2006) - Keystone Homes won Builder of the Year for 2005 Tuesday night for the third year in a row. The award was presented at the annual Builders Association of Metro Augusta Sales and Marketing Council Awards banquet held at the Augusta Country Club.

The criterion for Builder of the Year recognizes excellence in such areas as customer satisfaction, quality workmanship, and community involvement.

The year 2005 was an exciting and challenging time for Keystone Homes in a variety of ways. Keystone began a new program of on-site sales which affords customers the opportunity to work with neighborhood managers and associates specific to individual neighborhoods. These neighborhoods feature fully furnished model homes that make the home buying process come alive in the mind of the buyer. Keystone experienced a 36 percent increase in sales from 2004 to 2005.

Despite the internal changes occurring at Keystone Homes, community involvement stayed strong in 2005. Shepherd Community Blood Center conducted a blood drive at Keystone Homes for its employees and subcontractors. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the employees took up a collection of items that were delivered to residents in need. Keystone also participated in the Compassion in Action project which constructed a new home for a local couple who were previously living in a condemned building.

Another contributing factor to Keystone’s win on Tuesday night is the company’s commitment to continuing education for its employees. Keystone employees now hold 14 Certified Graduate Builder designations, as well as 17 Residential Construction Superintendent designations, the most in the Augusta area. Keystone also employees seven licensed real estate agents and holds one brokers license. Continuing to improve and educate staff members is key to providing the quality homes and service Keystone demands.

Keystone Homes began 2005 with several changes in technology that allowed for more efficient and reliable systems. Keystone’s builders utilize a combination of mobile technology and Primavera scheduling software to streamline the construction process. The Keystone Web site underwent numerous changes to provide more information to existing and potential customers and has additional phases upcoming in 2006. Keystone recognizes that the Internet is now a vital part of the home buying process before, during and after the purchase of a home.

The Sales and Marketing Council also awarded Keystone with the Best Sales Promotion award and recognized Rhonda Oellerich for her success as Sales Manager.

For more information call the main office at (706) 651-0075.

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Media Contact: Theresa Giordano Office: (706) 651-0075 ext 202 Cell: (706) 533-2949

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