In search of the
Partnerships, Respect & Research
The company has a long history in developing Residential projects across Belgium, particularly Apartment blocks. Completed developments range from smaller 30/40 unit schemes of Luxury Apartments up to much larger blocks with 200+ apartments. Many of the properties are beachfront complexes or are connected to yacht harbours. Customers have included owner-occupiers, private investors and institutional investors.
The Scheerlinck group of companies has developed properties for a diverse rage of corporate entities, both on a speculative and a bespoke basis. Projects include industrial parks, bespoke complexes for large industrial occupiers, own-door office for smaller companies, stand-alone Headquarter office buildings for large occupiers, laboratories and more recently multiple logistics facilities. In total the group has delivered well in excess of 1,000,000 sq.ft of commercial space.
The company has been involved in many refurbishment projects including a full Castle restoration and conversions of Historic Buildings to produce luxury apartments, tourist accommodation and food and beverage outlets.
Our work is our passion. We’re constantly involved with our business and we want to work the hardest that we can to reach the best possible deal. We check our e-mails on Sunday and at 11 PM. You’ll never have to wait long for an answer. We live and breathe our work, it defines us.
We want to build long lasting, mutual beneficiary relationships. We believe that if everybody makes money everybody is happy, therefore we don’t onlywant to make money for ourselves but also for our partners (although we don’t have financial partner in the company). Partnerships define a business.
We respect everybody’s work and idea’s that’s why we love hearing your idea’s about our business. We feel that in these times often people don’t treat each other with the respect that they deserve. We want to do business the old fashioned way and respect ourselves, our partners and our clients.
As we are growing and expanding into new markets, we stay true to our best practices that have been the core of our success. We take pride in doing thorough due diligence and only we select projects that strictly follow our proven underwriting criteria. We will work tirelessly but swiftly to research, read, and check numbers to ensure every aspect of a transaction has been analysed.
Nielsen’s career began as a young entrepreneur in his teenage years. By the time he was 16 Nielsen had created the largest independent wrestling website in the world called “Wrestling Planet”. That business grew at a fast pace and ultimately evolved into a Los Angeles based production company that focused on low cost documentaries and childrens animation. The company sold thousands of documentaries to every major TV network in the USA. 850 minutes of the childrens animation series still runs on tv networks around the world from Canada to the Middle East.
During the 2008 financial crisis Nielsen saw growing opportunities in real estate, an industry in which his family had been active for generations. He established a number of real estate platforms and set about acquiring distressed assets in the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland (Dublin City).
As expected, both countries recovered from the crisis and are soaring economies once again. Since Nielsen entered the Dublin market typical rents have doubled, and capitalisation rates have compressed substantially.
Ever expanding, the Irish businesses strategy steadily evolved from buying cash flowing properties into the purchase of large development sites around Dublin.
More recently, Nielsen identified significant investment opportunities in distressed parts of the multifamily residential sector in the United States. Some initial investments have been made in Southern states in the US. An operating platform has also been established in that jurisdiction which will be scaled up to take advantage of the investment opportunities.
Pol began his career in the manufacturing business, starting with the production of lithographs then transitioning to producing picture frames on an industrial scale. The company grew to incorporate different industrial fields including plastic, aluminum and wood. Pol sold all of his local and international factory assets in 1995.
Real Estate was always a passion of Pol’s, as his father Gustaaf was a very successful real estate developer. In the 1990’s Pol began to develop industrial real estate on an increasing large scale. During his career, Pol has built over 1,000,000 sq.ft of industrial, logistics and office real estate. In 2009, the focus shifted from greenfield and brownfield construction towards investing, such were the opportunities at that time.
Today Pol serves as a trusted advisor to his son Nielsen in all matters relating to real estate.