Digital property investment platform Stake raises $4 million in seed funding round

Helped by the UAE’s exemplary dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, property transactions have soared in the Emirates with efficiency at pre-Covid-19 ranges and exceeding 2020 in Q1 2021.

Despite the slowdown feared, the true property market is buoyant with worldwide buyers contributing to document breaking property transactions.Against this backdrop, Stake, a Dubai-based fintech and actual property investment platform which launched in December 2020 to disrupt the UAE’s actual property investment market, at this time broadcasts that it has raised US$4 million in a seed funding round led by Combined Growth Real Estate, an organization that’s led by Amer Hammour, who’s the Founder and Chairman of Madison Marquette, a US-based actual property investment administration firm with $6 billion of belongings underneath administration and a member of the Capital Guidance group. It additionally attracted participation from Vivium Capital, a Dubai based mostly personal household workplace in addition to Verve Ventures, Lama Holding from Riyadh, Mishaal Alireza a Saudi Arabian angel investor, and shareholders of the UK’s Chalgrove Properties Limited, who’re the builders of the tallest residential tower in Western Europe, Landmark Pinnacle in London.Stake will use the funds to scale and improve the platform by introducing thrilling new merchandise and options, make investments in gross sales and advertising, and to develop the present staff of 15 to execute on the agency’s formidable targets in know-how innovation, property sourcing, product growth and operational excellence. Commenting on the profitable funding round, co-founder Rami Tabbara mentioned: “Our shareholders imagine that in at this time’s world there’s a a lot better means of investing in actual property. Through Stake, we are going to allow anybody to take part in this asset class in a straightforward, clear, and digital means. This fundraise permits us to construct the go to digital actual property investment platform for Dubai property and finally the area. We are centered on bringing the perfect property investment offers to our shoppers.”Manar Mahmassani, co-founder of Stake, added: “When we launched Stake, we made clear our aim to democratise actual property investment and treatment to ills of Dubai’s property market, which prevented the younger from collaborating and delivered unattractive returns for knowledgeable buyers. Our shareholders imagine in our imaginative and prescient for a world the place actual property is a totally liquid and totally accessible investment asset class, obtainable to everybody trying to protect and develop their wealth. With this fund elevate, we will speed up our journey to radically enhance the true property investment market and convey this tangible asset into the brand new digital age.”Amer Hammour Head of Combined Growth Real Estate and Founder/ Chairman of Madison Marquette commented: “The Dubai residential property investment market affords very enticing alternatives to buyers for progress in worth and robust present earnings, as the present excessive provide will get absorbed by the very robust demand. Stake permits buyers to take part straight in this market and make diversified bets on properties by means of partial possession offers. Mr. Tabbara and Mr. Mahmassani’s intensive and lengthy background in Dubai property and monetary investments, and the incredible staff they’ve put collectively, will make sure that buyers may have entry to the perfect underwritten and vetted alternatives, and the best high quality investment administration of their belongings. We imagine that Stake will create the web engine that can permit buyers entry to completely different property sorts in Dubai, the UAE and past. It is poised to turn into the investment channel of the longer term. We are proud to take part in Stake’s growth and to be a long-term strategic associate in the event of the corporate.”Based in DIFC’s Fintech Hive and controlled by the DFSA, Stake permits customers to browse pre-vetted alternatives of properties and make investments from as little as AED 2,000 (US$545). The firm is steadfast in its mission to create the go-to digital, borderless market for locating and investing in what the staff consult with as “no-brainer” actual property belongings attributable to Stake’s concentrate on prime areas the place the rental demand is excessive and the long-term fundamentals shall be a robust driver of capital appreciation.The platform is a secure, safe and cost-efficient means for anybody to leap on the property ladder and begin to construct wealth by means of a diversified portfolio of high quality belongings, which at the moment consists of models in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina and shortly DIFC and City Walk. Onboarding takes just a few minutes and earnings from rental earnings are distributed sometimes month-to-month, permitting retail buyers to create a gradual and dependable supply of secondary, passive earnings. It affords a extra sensible various than shopping for property outright, because the expertise is solely on-line, clear, and hassle-free.Since launching, Stake has grown from power to power, attracting over 4,000 registered customers from 54 completely different nationalities and reaching 30% month on month enhance in gross sales. The firm can be in discussions with strategic companions and regulators in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has its sights set on growth into the UK. Stake’s advisors embody Daniel Miller, the Co-Founder of Fundrise, the primary and largest actual property crowd-investing platform in the US, in addition to Gaurav Shivpuri and Fadi Moussali, each veterans at JLL, the main international actual property advisory agency.

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