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LEAGUE CITY, TX-Apartment Investment and Management Co. has sold two class B properties from its portfolio, with Mosaic Residential most likely paying between $17 million and $18.5 million for the 20-year-old, 314-unit portfolio. The buyer will add the 176-unit Crow’s Nest and 138-unit Sand Castles to a growing portfolio of value-add assets.

Edward Nwokedi, a director in Houston for Dallas-based Cushman & Wakefield of Texas Inc., says the two complexes are situated within three blocks of each other. Nwokedi, who represented Denver-based Aimco, says the portfolio attracted half a dozen bona fide offers. “Three of the serious bidders ended up in the best and final,” he explains. “The client was most comfortable with Mosaic.”

The 98%-leased Crow’s Nest at 501 Davis St. has one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 664 sf to 1,000 sf. The average rent per sf is 93 cents per sf. The 87%-leased Sand Castles at 2751 E. FM 518 has two- and three-bedroom units from 952 sf to 1,006 sf. Its average monthly rent is 82 cents per sf.

Nwokedi tells GlobeSt.com that Mosaic Residential was the ideal buyer because of its willingness to work within the seller’s deadline, especially when it came to financing. The buyer obtained a Fannie Mae loan, with part of the financing going toward upgrading the complexes.

“The seller had a deadline to get things closed out by the end of the month,” Nwokedi says. “Mosaic worked quickly to meet that.”

Since opening its Houston office a year ago, Mosaic Residential has been on a mission to acquire class C-plus and class B-minus multifamily assets in Texas and throughout the Southwest. In Houston, the company also owns the 259-unit Mansions of Shadowbriar at 2650 Shadowbriar Dr., which it acquired in late 2007.

Nwokedi says the League City assets fit well into Mosaic’s investment criteria. “These were value-add opportunities in vibrant communities,” he says. “Mosaic jumped on the opportunity and will upgrade them and increase rents to the market rate.”

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