Posted on February 28, 2011

PHOENIX - Petrus Partners Ltd. (“Petrus”), in association with Voyager Investment Properties, LLC (“Voyager”) of Scottsdale, AZ (Mark Voigt and Dave Rogers, Principals), has purchased for $1.2 million 50 residential lots (55’ x 115’) in the Canyon Trails master planned community in Goodyear. The seller was an affiliate of Stearns Bank N.A. and the sale marked Petrus’ eighth acquisition of bank-owned residential R.E.O. in Phoenix since October 2008. Michael Martindale and Todd Vesledahl of CRA Ltd. represented the seller.

Continental Homes, now part of D.R. Horton, Inc., began developing Canyon Trails in 2000-01. Since then, a range of homebuilders have built out over 70% of the 2,000-acre project primarily by offering homes for the move-up segment. Canyon Trails enjoys easy access to downtown as well as a variety of nearby retail amenities. The purchased lots are situated in the Canyon Trails – Unit III subdivision, off of Cotton Lane less than one mile south of I-10. Santa Anna Homes began the project in June 2006 and developed and sold 98 homes at an average sale price of $264,000 by July 2008. Petrus and Voyager plan to sell the Canyon Trails lots to a homebuilder(s) once the housing market recovers.

Petrus Partners is the parent company of Crown West Realty, a full-service real estate investment, development, and management firm with offices in New York City, Phoenix, Denver, and Spokane. The Petrus Partners-Crown West Group manages a series of discretionary investment funds totaling over $200 million of equity and owns and manages land development investments together with eight million square feet of office, industrial, and mixed-use properties nationwide. Canyon Trails – Unit III represents the Group’s 27th property acquired in the Phoenix M.S.A. since 2001.

Petrus actively seeks additional investment opportunities in residential lots and entitled and un-entitled land in the Phoenix M.S.A. Potential acquisition candidates should be submitted to Frank Walter, President of Petrus Partners.