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Carl Cronan is editor of Real Estate Florida.

NEW YORK-HSBC Bank USA has arranged $350 million in Freddie Mac loans to DRA Advisors LLC for the purchase of a 22-property apartment portfolio. The properties, totaling 4,781 units and are located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“HSBC’s execution of this complex transaction, under a very aggressive time frame, was critical in facilitating our acquisition of this portfolio,” Brian Summers, managing director of DRA Advisors in New York City, states in a news release. Summers was unavailable for comment Tuesday and no additional details on acquired properties were released.

Earlier this year, DRA Advisors was involved in a joint venture with Steven D. Bell & Co. of Greensboro, NC, in which they bought 86 apartment communities from Denver-based UDR Inc. for $1.7 billion. The assets consisted of 25,684 units in 10 states across the country.

Glenn Grimaldi, executive VP of commercial real estate with HSBC, stated in a news release that the bank’s own expertise combined with the success of the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae programs allows for “top customer service and one-stop shopping for our growing client base.”

DRA Advisors conducts investment activities from public and private pension funds, university endowments, foundations and individuals. It claims to manage at least $10 billion in real estate assets.

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