Greatness Happens in Downturns with Michael Valdes

UPDATED: January 30, 2024
PUBLISHED: December 23, 2022
Greatness Happens in Downturns with Michael Valdes

Michael Valdes was No. 3 at the largest real estate company in the world when he took a leap of faith. As senior vice president for Realogy brands—which includes Century 21, Coldwell Banker and Sotheby’s—he led the company’s expansion to a total of 113 countries. Then he took a new job at the start of the pandemic at a new kind of company. 

eXp Global is a virtual, cloud-based real estate company, which Valdes says is multilingual, multicultural and multigeographic. This week, he talks with Brilliant Thoughts host Tristan Ahumada about what it’s like to work with agents online, including having a virtual office that anyone can enter and the benefits of building in rural areas. In a few weeks, eXp will expand to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the 23rd country on its roster. He discusses how the model is different in every country, while growing in a manner in which the agents are also happy. 

Valdes also explains his thoughts on implementing a vision, the qualities that are important for great leadership, and how to make strong connections.

Michael Valdes can be found at, on Instagram @michaelvaldesglobal, and LinkedIn He hosts the Global Luxury Real Estate Mastermind podcast.

Brilliant Thoughts with Tristan Ahumada is no longer releasing new episodes on the SUCCESS Podcast Network, but you can still listen to the full conversation below.

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Tristan Ahumada is the People Editor for SUCCESS, operates Lab Coat Agents as its CEO, consults Fortune 500 companies, runs a successful Real Estate team in California, expansion teams in the U.S. (in different brokerages), owner in one Brokerage, currently sits on different boards for tech companies, and is also an international speaker. His love for technology and systems pushes him to test and use the latest products for growth for all businesses around the world including Real Estate Agents/Brokers. Tristan is from Southern California where he currently lives with his wife and two kids.