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Valbridge Office Spotlight: Detroit
January 3, 2022

Valbridge Property Advisors | Detroit serves a majority of the state of Michigan, including the Detroit, Greater Lansing, and Grand Rapids areas. The advisory group has a long history in the state led by Senior Managing Director, James T. Hartman MAI, SGA, AI-GRS, who previously owned and managed The Oetzel-Hartman Group.

Valbridge Property Advisors | Detroit provides expertise in valuation and advisory services covering both established and emerging real estate markets where we have experience serving a wide variety of public and private sector clients. Properties include industrial, office, retail properties, multi-family buildings including affordable housing tax credit properties, cannabis facilities, and elderly care facilities as well as extensive expertise in the area of golf courses and resort properties.

Our collective objectives are to provide exemplary products, commitment, and services for our clients, reflecting our extensive expertise, efficiency, and integrity. Valbridge Property Advisors | Detroit has offices in both Detroit and the Greater Lansing area. Our team consists of eight Appraisers, two Appraisers with MAI designation, an Executive Administrative Manager, and support staff.


  • Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City. The property includes three golf courses, lodging, and conference meeting facilities
  • Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
  • Multi-Property Passenger and Freight Docks, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City and St. Ignace
  • Morton Salt Facility, Manistee
  • Verso Integrated Paper Mill. The property is a 1,349,742 sq. ft. facility located in Breitung Township
  • AT&T Data Center, Southfield. The property is a 700,674 sq. ft. Office and data center complex
  • Various properties for the acquisition to construct the new Gordie Howe Memorial International Bridge, Detroit to Windsor Canada.

Meet the team:

James T. Hartman, MAI, SGA, AI-GRS, Senior Managing Director

Jim is the Senior Managing Director of Valbridge Property Advisors | Detroit and has been with Valbridge, formerly the Oetzel-Hartman Group since 1997. He has served in multiple leadership roles within the Appraisal Institute. Including President of the Great Lakes Chapter in 2009, their Advisory Board, and other executive positions. On a national level, he serves on the General Comprehensive Exam Panel, both as a panel member as well as Chair and Vice-Chair over the course of 10 years. Jim currently serves on the State of Michigan Real Estate Appraisal Licensing Board as Chair, appointed by the Governor of Michigan in 2014.

In addition, Jim holds the SGA designation from the Society of Golf Appraisers. The Society of Golf Appraisers is an organization of Real Estate Appraisers and consultants specializing in the valuation of, market analysis, and feasibility analysis of golf courses and golf-related properties. Members hold the prestigious MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and have demonstrated a long-term commitment to, and competence in, the valuation and analysis of golf course properties.

Nicholas Groves, MAI, Managing Director

Nick is the Managing Director of Valbridge Property Advisors | Detroit office. He has been with Valbridge, formerly the Oetzel-Hartman Group since 2009 and holds an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. Nick has extensive experience and expertise with hotels, elderly care facilities, and cannabis cultivation and dispensary facilities.

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