We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing to use our site or clicking the "I understand" button, you agree to our use of cookies detailed in our cookie policy and our terms of use.


Search the Blog


Finding a great community to live in is a very exciting process, but it’s also a long-term decision and should be made with care. To help homebuyers, particularly first-time buyers, we’ve put together a few questions to consider when home-hunting. If possible we highly recommend that you tour the community and the surrounding area to get a feel for where you might live before you buy.

Ready to Explore?

If you’re new to Empire, please feel free to explore our list of communities. You can also visit our homepage to access all of our active communities, or you can contact us and connect with one of our representatives, who will be more than happy to assess your needs and point you in the right direction.

Good luck out there and happy home hunting!

What’s Affordable?

There’s no point shopping for homes you cannot afford. Our sales consultant can recommend a mortgage specialist officer or preferred lender to advise you through your purchase.

What Comes Next?

One of the most important considerations when looking for a new home is where you want to live. Choose a location that’s rich in amenities and local conveniences, close to work and one where you can see you and your family living in for years to come.

Schools and Daycare?

If you have or are planning to have a family or already do, then the quality and availability of schools and daycare providers in the community you’re considering has to be top-of-mind. Arranging a tour of the local schools also makes sense. If appropriate, take the time to research and visit local daycare providers to determine their rates, availability and policies. This type of homework could end up saving you a ton of hassle down the road.

What About Services?

Even a household of one needs certain services to get by, so consider the surrounding area. How close are the grocery, pharmacy, hardware and convenience stores? Are there nice restaurants and cafés nearby? What about walk-in clinics, dentists, hairdressers, pet stores, places of worship? How far away is the mall and other shopping? No neighbourhood is perfect, of course, but the better serviced your community is, the more convenient life will be for you.

What About Having Fun?

Recreation is an important part of our lives, so consider the options you’ll have in your new community. How close are local parks, playgrounds, gyms and community centers? And what facilities and programs do they offer? If you’re a jogger or a cyclist, what areas will you enjoy exploring? What about movie theatres? Facilities like gyms, party rooms and rooftop terraces can bring you a lot of joy, if you make the most of them.


Get new home design and lifestyle stories delivered straight to your inbox and stay in the loop on all things Empire.

Let's Get Started

Vanessa & Jazmin

New Home Specialist


Vanessa & Jazmin

New Home Specialist


Please complete the form and we will be texting you shortly to:
Assist you with how to schedule a tour
Answer your questions
Find a quick move-in home