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(Casey Freeman is associate editor of Real Estate New York and part of a three-person team now covering the Philadelphia market.)

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA-Urdang Capital Management raised a total of $463 million in equity in its Urdang Value-Added Fund II. The company will use the fund to purchase office, retail, industrial and multifamily real estate properties throughout the US.

“Over the remainder of the fund’s investment period, which continues until late 2010, we expect to invest up to 15% of the fund’s capital in opportunities arising from the recent distress in the for-sale housing market, including unsold condominium projects and entitled land,” David Blum, a portfolio manager at Urdang, tells GlobeSt.com. “The balance of the fund’s capital will be invested the four main property sectors–office, retail, apartment, and industrial.” Urdang continues that “we expect to assemble a portfolio that is generally balanced among office, retail, and apartments, with a smaller allocation to industrial properties.”

Urdang is looking for properties across the US with price ranges from $20 million to $75 million, says Richard Ferst, president and COO of Urdang, in a prepared statement. As of now, the company has purchased eight properties across the country in Massachusetts, California, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey. The properties are worth a total of $400 million.

“Our mandate is to assemble a diversified portfolio of value-added properties. The east and west coasts have consistently generated the highest performance in institutional grade real estate and have therefore been our long-term strategic emphases,” Blum says.

The company raised the capital for the fund from long-time separate account clients, investors, endowments, foundations, high net worth individuals and various types of pension funds. “Most of our capital raising had been completed prior to the onset of the subprime mortgage debacle. Our investors view real estate as a strategic asset class that is a key component of their portfolios,” Blum says.

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