Uma Rajah from CapitalRise Says Property Finance Industry Is Ready for Digital Disruption

As Chief Executive of property finance platform, CapitalRise, Uma Rajah says she’s  responsible for all aspects of the business: from creating their strategy, “to execution of that strategy, and all aspects of running the company – including recruitment.”

Uma Rajah notes that she approaches all hiring processes without bias and, as a result, she thinks CapitalRise have “a very diverse team in terms of gender, ethnicity and age for example.”

She added that CapitalRise provides senior and mezzanine development finance for projects across Prime Central London “with numerous projects in Chelsea, Mayfair, and Kensington, as well as in Prime Outer London and the Home Counties.”

Thanks to the resilience of their market niche, they “have built and successfully scaled the business – and are proud to have funded over £750 million of real estate since inception.”

Uma Rajah added that one of the things she loves about the property finance industry is that it is “quite archaic compared to other sectors she has worked in, which creates plenty of opportunity for disruption, particularly digital disruption.”

She also mentioned that as someone who loves building new products to meet the needs of customers, she “finds this really exciting and rewarding.”

She further noted that CapitalRise is “growing fast, seeing double digit growth year-on-year.”

She also mentioned:

“The next 12 months will be focused on continuing to scale; we have seen a surge in demand from both borrowers and investors which we want to capitalize on. We also aim to enhance our efficiency by using technology wherever possible so another key focus for us will be looking for ways to increase our productivity to scale in a cost-efficient way.”

As covered in January 2023, property in London continues to be a hot asset class. In fact, according to a recent report, prime central London property sales have increased by 48% in the past three years.

The information was provided by the property investment platform CapitalRise as well as Savills. The report states that property purchase activity has experienced a “strong post-pandemic recovery.”

Uma Rajah, CEO and co-founder of CapitalRise, explains:

“Today’s data improves the PCL [Prime central London] market’s reputation as an incredibly resilient sector of the property market, which quickly and consistently bounces back from economic downturns. The considerable wealth of buyers and sellers at this point of the market, and the natural constraint on supply are both central to the resilience of the Prime Central London market. While there is concern for the outlook of the wider UK property market, the prospects of the PCL market are much brighter. Indeed, we may see a further boost to the market as the declining value of the pound boosts international investment. Only time will tell, but previous data suggests that the PCL market is well positioned to resist large financial shocks and continue to offer great opportunities.”


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