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Industry leader. Trusted advisor.
The founder of Urban Economics, MAI-designated real estate appraiser Michael McElveen has served as an advisor on countless high profile real estate projects, transactions and court cases.
Recognized as a leading real estate valuation expert and consultant, Michael’s vision of creating a real estate appraisal and consulting firm able to offer clients a suite of fully-integrated, 360º solutions has made Urban Economics the go-to resource for the industry’s most demanding real estate owners, developers and legal practitioners.
Michael is sought-after for his premier expert witness and litigation support services in state and federal courts. He and his team provide litigation support and expert witness testimony in appraisal-related cases, including those involving determinations of highest and best use, the impact of variables such as contamination, road closures, nearby uses and realignments, cost/benefit analysis, taxation, market trends, and the micro economics of real estate.
During his more than 25-year career as a respected industry leader, Michael has lectured at the International Association of Assessing Officers, Institute of Property Taxation, Florida State University, numerous real estate conferences, state and county bar associations, and other industry forums. Additionally, he has been published and referenced in many of the leading real estate journals on topics ranging from highest and best use to the valuation of anchor department stores for property taxation.
Michael is a graduate of Florida State University and the University of South Florida with undergraduate degrees in Finance and Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute holding the distinguished MAI designation, a State of Florida General Real Estate Appraiser, licensed Florida Real Estate Broker, and member of the American Real Estate Society.