My Story

I’ve Helped Hundreds Of Appraisers Be More Productive And Efficient!

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Hi, I’m Mike.
I’m a real estate appraiser in Naperville Illinois. I became a certified appraiser in 2002 in Southern California. My wife and I recognized the housing market was beginning to shift in 2005 and we sold our house in California. In 2006 we moved to Naperville, a western suburb about 30 miles west of Chicago, Illinois.

In the four years I did appraisals in California, I drove 185,000 miles. I was very frustrated with this business. Mainly because I was doing a lot of driving for clients that didn’t appreciate or respect my efforts. When we relocated, I knew I was going to have to change the way I was running my business. Because my business was REALLY running me… In 2006 I started Chicago Appraisals, LLC and limited my coverage area to 14 miles from my home.

I researched and implemented as much technology that I could get my hands on. In 2011, while attending a continuing education class, I shared the tools and technology I was using with other appraisers in the class. I discovered that not many people were aware that these tools even existed.

On December 13, 2011, I put two videos on YouTube to show appraisers laser measuring and how to go paperless.
The response and feedback was overwhelming. I shot a couple more videos to show appraisers other tools I was using- the iPad, scanners, voice recognition etc. The videos became very popular and my YouTube channel now has over 225,000 views. I realized the best way to help more appraisers was to create this website.

I created the website as a place for appraisers to learn more and earn more. This website offers free and paid training to help appraisers be more efficient and generate more full fee work.

I’ve also created a Private Facebook Group that is a Private Community for Real Estate Appraisers where I answer questions and provide personalized training for the groups benefit. If you are a licensed appraiser and would like to join the Mike Mila Mentoring Private Facebook Group click here.

I hope you find the information here useful. Please feel free to contact me anytime at


I want to help make Appraisers lives easier. If you're a Real Estate Appraiser and you've been at it for a while, you probably want to make more money, enjoy a better quality of life, and have a healthier work-life balance.

It has taken me several years to figure out how to get my Appraisal business operating most efficiently.  
Now that I have my business dialed in, I'm showing other Appraisers how I did it.

In fact, my goal is that you are able to streamline YOUR Appraisal business and in the process, become a better appraiser by earning more income and working more efficiently. Every Appraiser knows our workload has increased in the past 5-10 years. However, there are a variety of apps, software, and tools available at your fingertips to help you do more work in less time. All you need to know is what applications and tools are the best out there.

Let’s face it -- Appraisers face a multitude of problems: scope creep, pressure on fees, competition, and we have some appraisal management companies that are assigning orders to the lowest bidder. Even with all the problems that have plagued our industry, being a Real Estate Appraiser can still be very rewarding.

I didn’t always think that... but now that I’ve streamlined my workflow, diversified my client base and have automated systems in place, I really enjoy doing appraisal work again. I've dedicated years of trial and error and spent tens of thousands of dollars to get my appraisal business running efficiently.

I’ve had a consistent and reliable workload for the past 10 years, and I’ve increased my income while reducing my working hours each year.

In my opinion, being a Real Estate Appraiser offers you a great opportunity to run a profitable small business. This business can provide you a great lifestyle, a flexible schedule, and a six-figure income. You can truly dictate your schedule, your coverage area, and your income, all while giving you that work-life balance we all want.

I created the website to share what I’ve learned and to help other appraisers learn more and earn more. Through this website, I’ll be offering tips & tricks, giveaways, website solutions and web hosting. I'll  also be providing free training & paid courses to help appraisers be more efficient and generate more full-fee work.

I’m may not be an expert in all things appraisal related, but I am always looking for ways to do this job easier and faster. I'm always going to be doing research and testing. I'll then share my findings with you! Whenever I find products, websites or services I think appraisers might like or benefit from, I'll send them to you. If want to stay connected and get updates click HERE to be added to my list.