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X2 Condos and River City Live Blog

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Today is a rather exciting day in the life of the Toronto Condo market, so why not live blog it (watch for updates here all day and night)?

5:00am – Waking up at 5am. Ouch, that hurts. City is silent except for a couple hundred Realtors…

5:30am – I’m at the X2 Condo broker’s sales event lineup outside the Intercontinental Hotel on Bloor Street. I quickly discover 2 lines are formed – one on the south side of Bloor, one on the north

5:35am – After first thinking of joining the south side line, I decide to join the north side as word on the street was that was the line that Baker Real Estate had said was the true line. I feel bad for the people who apparently had been waiting as long as 10 days outside, but the police did not want people crossing the street during rush hour traffic so a line formed on the north side where the hotel is located.

6:30am – Media frenzy in full effect as CP24, CTV NEWS and 680 News all are filming and interview people on the scene. The Twitterverse is starting to buzz with reports of 2 or possibly 3 separate lines that have formed.

8:30am – after 3 hours of waiting I get my official number from Baker Real Estate. #45. Another 50 people across the street are now chanting slogans and shouting across Bloor street, holding up signs that read “UNFAIR”. Originally, numbers were to be given out at 12 noon, but they did it earlier due to the crowds and traffic chaos that would be caused on Bloor street from the crowds gathered.

9:30am – CTV news just called me to interview me about the event. See the article online here.

10:30am – off to River City sales centrer on Eastern Ave for the broker’s information session. Another line up to get in.

11:00am – doors open and about 200 agents are here. All the usual players from the downtown scene, and also plenty of ‘905’ agents. Say hi and catch up with a few people. Biggest news: It’s going to be a LOTTERY BUYING SYSTEM.

12:30pm – Just got back to the office and am preparing an email for my clients with all the details about River City.

2:30pm – answering client inquiries about River City and getting prepped for X2 sales event tonight.

3:00pm – Old colleague just called and asked if I want to share my spot in line for X2 event tonight…

4:00pm – Media lining up their cameras for the sales event at X2. Obviously hoping for a fracas to break out tonight. If you are driving I recommend avoiding Bloor anywhere near avenue road!

7:45pm – so cold… Fingers Falling off after 3 hours waiting to get inside the hotel. No protests or drama at sales event so far

8:40pm – still outside. Word from inside is only 2 beds still available.

10:44 – managed to get a 2 bedroom unit…I think. I’m outta here. Got to get some sleep and warm up